Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Elegant gift wrapping paper

I came upon some really dazzling gift paper in my 'surfing' today and I thought it looked really cool. I went on this site

Ooh I mean the words "sparkle,  shimmer, reflection" was spot on as the description of this gift wrapping paper. I can see myself using it for christmas. It would look really 'snazzy' under the christmas tree lights. I would add silver or gold metallic bows to them to complete the look.

You could even paper some shoe boxes, take out boxes with them and you will have some 'snazzy' (I like that word)gift boxes for gift giving. You could even cut out shapes like a star or even a christmas tree out of them punch some holes and using curling ribbon tie them to the handles of a simple gift bag....... perfect embellishment. (I would use two similar cutouts of different sizes)

Just recently as this year, the company I rep for Cello in a Box added some themed gift paper sets to their range of products. Unfortunately they are not metallic like those I spoke of above, but they do have some pretty neat matching gift tags. I particularly like the one for the girls with the vintage shoes...anyway I just love pink!
You get 2 sheets of wrapping paper measuring 20" x 27"and 2 Matching gift tags for just US$2.25.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Gift wrapping supplies make useful gifts too!

Do you have a friend, a neighbour, a family member who loves giving gifts and takes pleasure in wrapping them all? Are you looking for something simple but unique that will create a presence in the minds of your customers? Did you know that gift wrapping supplies make great gifts too and can also be used for storing items. These are just a few ideas of how wrapping supplies make great gifts and are useful to have on hand!

1)Gift boxes and baskets are great for gift giving as you can put several items together in a theme and make a uniquely special gift.

But they can also be used for housing ribbons for crafting, business cards, candles, bath and body products, sewing accessories.......

If you add small magazines or artificial flowers, or different packs of snacks to your gift box or basket, they become part of your table decor. Some of these baskets and boxes come in themes....for country themed or whimsical baskets you might like these beautifully handpainted ones at  http://www.whimsicalseasons.com/

2) Cellophane bags are great for smaller individual items such as bath and body, candles, small teddy bears, jewelry, gift mugs, mini tote bags. I have used some to store my old pay stubs, but you can keep small items like buttons, craft ribbons, appliques, thread, extra keys, screws.... I am sure we can all find many more uses for having them on hand!

3)As a store owner you can buy printed cellophane bags with your store theme or name( for instance if your store name has 'rose' in it you can buy rose printed bags or if you sell everything in the colour red you can buy red shred, red tissue, red ribbon and - now you know noone will forget you....with all that red...)

Just add your business card and either a voucher or maybe a card where they can write down dates for anniversaries, or birthdays including what was the last gift bought. This shows your customer that you care and it is a thoughtful gift and they will not forget your store.....not to mention great and efficient marketing tool!

4) One tip I received from a store owner is that she purchases cellophane basket bags to keep the dust off her artificial floral arrangements......

But dont think that you have to be a store owner to purchase gift wrapping supplies in bulk, you can buy them for your friends or neighbours in small bulk quantities and cross one item off their list or off your list when gift giving.
Do remember to keep certain wrapping products-especially plastic- away from children's reach or from pets....

For more ideas feel free to check back with me here.. To see our wrapping supplies go to www.forgiftsnthings.biz/LANE2AllWrappedUp.html

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Gift wrapping supplies basics

I have been trying to keep up to date on information on gift wrapping and I came across an article on gift wrapping supplies basics and I thought it would be useful for you to read at http://www.containerstore.com/tip/view/wrapaccess

At home I always have a couple of wrapping supplies handy for my business presentations as well as for gifts because I supply floral and gift shops in Trinidad and Tobago with wrapping supplies.

Some of my necessities (besides the scissors, double sided tape etc) include
  • printed gift boxes which are less costly than decorated baskets but you can use other storage items such as buckets, old shoe boxes wrapped with gift paper (is very popular), I have seen kids lunch boxes used as well.
  • cellophane basket bags on hand 14"x24" or 25" x 30" depending on the size baskets (14" x 24" will do up to size 6 baskets or gift boxes 7"x4"x5" and 25" x 30" will do much larger baskets)
  • For pizazz I use pull bows with no more than two or three different strands of curling ribbons and coloured shred. To help me have an easier time putting on pull bows and curling ribbons I use twist ties to keep the mouth of the bag together.
  • printed cellophane gift bags for the smaller gifts
  • glue dots to adhere craft items to add a little sparkle if needed.
If you wish to see more gift wrapping supplies or pictures of gift wrapped items in boxes or cello bags go to www.celloinabox.com/mall/shopaff.asp?affid=30 

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Is gift presentation as important as the gift itself?

Should I wrap in paper, cellophane or just put it in a gift bag? Would it be easier to wrap in a box because of its shape? Does it make sense to worry about how it is wrapped?  They are just going to throw the wrapping away or just tear open the wrapping paper.

I am sure these are just some of the thoughts and/or questions going through your head when gift giving has to be done. Its already difficult and time consuming finding the right gift but does anyone care how it is wrapped or presented?

Of course it matters.... if so, there would not be books written on the subject of wrapping and sold on http://www.amazon.com/ with tips on supplies needed, how to's, creative ideas and wrapping styles and other topics related to gift wrapping.

Beautifully or uniquely wrapped gifts add more excitement and anticipation. For instance if you are giving a romantic gift basket , why not individually wrap six items in printed cello bags  give it to your loved one 5 days before your special night with a note saying "Five more days to our Special Day". Add to each bag the date they should be opened leaving the best for the night of the special occasion. Could you imagine the excitement???  If you took those same 6 items and just place them in a gift basket or add to a gift bag and give it to your loved one wouldnt the reaction be different?
The individually wrapped gifts shows that you are creative, that your intent was to please and that significant thought went into this gift.
I know I would be eager every day to see what was next and be filled with anticipation for the special night! So think about the presentation as well as the gift!
For award winning printed cello bags and simple yet unique gift ideas you can check our ebooks at Cello in a Box where everyday is a CELLObration!