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Friday, March 16, 2012

Repurposed for Gift Giving

Gift giving can be taken to a whole new level if you just think outside the box or bag .... whichever the case may be.  

For several years now, when I go thrift shopping, I look for things  that I can repurpose as gift containers.  My stash includes  pretty china cups, saucers, silver-plate containers, little wooden boxes, textiles ...  etc, etc etc
for example...

This little silver-plate container was probably originally used for a pillar candle ... it's tarnished look really appealed to me, and the new owner can easily use it on a vanity for jewelry ... or even as a candle holder.


Old handkerchiefs or other delicate textiles are a favorite when I give gifts to my girlfriends.  
So girly girl  ...  they love it!


A little terra cotta pot makes a perfect Springtime package.  Especially, when paired with a pretty little butterfly.  
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I love giving gifts wrapped up in these little containers.  They make each one so personal and  I've  heard more than once that the container was cherished as much as the gift itself.
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A plain paper bag usually costs at least a dollar, and I rarely ever pay more than two dollars for any of my repurposed containers. 

Try it! It's fun!

18 comments:

  1. Great gift ideas! And the photographs are beautiful.

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  2. Such clever ideas, and great gift. You've given me new a new mission to go to fleas and shop more. Love, love, love your pretty gift wrap. Hope your weekend is great.

    ~Emily
    the French Hutch

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  3. You gift packages look so pretty. Who wouldn't love a gift wrapped like this. I'll have to try to remember to look for items to use as wrapping when I'm out thrifting.

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  4. I like to do this if I can.
    A coffee mug, basket, small box with removable lid- recovered of course.
    You could use a straw hat,mason jar...just whatever! The sky is the limit.

    love these little gift ideas.
    ~Pat

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  5. This is such a wonderful example of what you can do to make an original gift! Thank you so much!

    XO,
    Jane

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  6. What a wonderful idea! I just love the tulle wrapped around the pot. YOu have a lovely blog! ~Marti

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  7. What a wonderful idea, I am sure those that are lucky enough to receive a gift from you adore them!

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  8. You are very clever and have a good eye. Love this idea, I'll try it too. Beautiful packaging, thanks for sharing the pictures. Found you at Say G'day Saturday

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  9. Thanks for sharing your thrifty gift ideas at my party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  10. Hi Geneva!

    These are wonderful gifts! They loot just like something from a nice boutique.

    Thanks for sharing at my party!

    xoxo Bunny Jean

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  11. I've been thinking about this quite a bit, lately. Since my youngest daughter finally has her own place, now I have to start thinking of getting rid of so much of my collections. I have no use for many of the sets of china, silver, linens, ornaments, etc. So I thought maybe I'd give them as party favors, or like you, containers for other things.

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    1. That's exactly what I'm doing... It's amazing how much we can collect over the years, and I'm loving getting things out of storage (where they're rarely used) and giving them to people who will enjoy them.

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  12. What a pretty way to "wrap" gifts! I need to look what's in my stash.

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  13. Hello Geneva! I love what you did with the pretty plate and terra cotta pot... that is SO me! I look for inexpensive containers at the thrift store, and antique store (if I'm really lucky!) I just went to my sister-in-law's baby shower (she's having a boy) and I filled an enamelware tub and vintage red metal toolbox with goodies (for them both). My favorite find? A circa 1910's photo-postcard with a little boy and dog ($2) which I fit in a tarnished silver frame (50 cents!) Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by my blog ~ Megan @ Lilac & Lavender

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    1. Thank you Megan! It sounds like you have some absolutely fabulous ideas yourself. Your sister-in-law must have been thrilled!

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  14. Love your ideas!!
    Thanks for sharing them with us.

    blessings
    barbara jean

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