Brown paper packages tied up with string

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There’s something really pleasing about getting a present in a box, especially a good sturdy one. While this is obviously pricier than your standard wrapping paper, it’s the perfect way to upgrade a gift for special occasions.

I bought these little boxes from one of my highstreet favourites, Paperchase (£1.75/ea). They are made from recycled material! They’re good quality, and patterned versions are available too, in a variety of sizes.

These circular toppers are actually gift tags, from Sainsbury’s (£1/3pk). They are a pretty standard size, and a pretty perfect size for this box! If you struggle to find one you like or that fits, it would be easy to DIY with some gift wrap or other pretty paper. Or go “outside the box” (ba-dum ba) completely, and fashion a paper flower topper. Double-sided tape is all you need to affix your décor, either way.

Don’t forget the inside of your box. I used a few layers of bright tissue paper to add a pop of colour. If you have time, a quick paint job would look excellent too.

There’s nothing like a little “bonus gift” to make something special. I am a huge fan of the unexpected restaurant bill mint, or hotel pillow chocolate! Consider how you want it to look (colourful like sweets? Shiny like chocolate wrappers?), practicality (will it melt? Does it need to be light for postage?) and of course the receiver’s preferences! A jellybean filled jam-jar* did the trick here.

*Jam jars like these can be found on Amazon or most craft stores, although can be expensive if not bought in bulk. Top tip: Café Nero also provide filled versions with their scones!

An easy bow finishes any present well. I’m all about the rustic theme, so used this raffia.
Thread a gift tag through (these are from Tiger), especially if you have multiple gifts. You’ll want to remember who’s is who’s!

I wrote previously about these bracelets I picked for my bridesmaids’ presents. Weddings can be hectic times, so this is a quick, effective way to pack and present your gifts!

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Handmade silver bracelets

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Etsy is one of my favourite places to go for a special and handmade gift. It’s shelves stock reams of original products from talented individuals around the world, which doesn’t leave you short for choice, but can make tracking down the perfect gift a time-consuming task! When it came to finding a unique gift for my three wonderful friends who took on bridesmaid duties at my wedding back in June, I spent a while shopping around. It is only when you are plunged into the deep depths of bridal planning when you realise just how vast the wedding business is – pages and pages of personalised mirrors, wine glasses, purses, make up bags, kimonos, sweets, jewellery, and all manner of knick knacks have been made available especially for your husband/parents/parents-in-law/siblings/wedding party/wedding guests/uninvited onlookers.

These cuff bracelets won top place for me. They are handmade with care and quality, have a subtle but sweet personalisation on the inside, and are something that not only satisfied my tastes, but were something I could see my right-hand women wearing too. These bracelets were bought from the UK based Glam and Co Jewellery. Due to a growing order book, there was a significant wait for these items, but that is to be expected for personalised, handmade goods. Beyond that, customer service was excellent, and my queries to the shop were answered quickly, even late into the evening!

Other items available from the shop include tie pins and money clips for the men in your life, as well as rings, necklaces and guitar picks.

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