Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Packaging Ideas

Yesterday I had a few extra minutes to visit the Dollar Tree close to my home. In the gift bag section, I discovered these adorable gift bag purses. Since they were only 1.oo each, I bought three of them in different designs. I also purchased one pack of multi colored foil paper. I liked the chains on each one. On the ones accented in silver I added the silver foil, and the one with the gold chain, I added the gold foil.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to ways of using these purses, although I pictured them filled with a plactic bag of homemade cookies, muffins or even a small loaf of homemade bread and a box of tea bags. It would have to be on the lighter side with the weight of the contents, but I think it would make an attractive presentation for any gift.

I liked the tapestry design on this one. Simple, inexpensive, and yet, an extraordinary way to share a small gift with someone you care about.

I also wanted to share this clear rubbermaid container with the black plastic lid that I purchased at Walmart. I took the sunflower tea towel from K-Mart and wrapped the folded tea towel around the container, tied with a cordinating ribbon tied with a faux sunflower. I purchased a bunch of faux sunflowers at the Dollar Tree, cut one from the bunch, added a sprig of ivy, and it was finished. Another way to give a gift from your kitchen...cookies, candy, mini muffins, or whatever. Simply dressing up the rubbermaid.

I must tell you that I am so excited about the new line that the KMart stores are now carrying. It is a line of housewares by "Country Living". I was very impressed yesterday when I stopped into the store. Of course, I have always liked "Country Living" magazine, so the idea of them designing dishes, glassware, bedding and other items interested me. It is very beautifully done. I only purchased this small glass cannister with the tight fitting red lid from this line. I needed a coffee gift for someone, so I filled it with coffee, took a coffee tea towel from Walmart, wrapped the folded tea towel around the coffee jar, stretched a thick rubber band around it to hold it, tied a red ribbon around it, added a small coffee scoop, and a tag. Another simple, fun gift to give to a "coffee lover friend".
I share these ideas with you, only because I enjoy when others share ideas with me. I have learned many new ideas from all of you in blogland, and I think that is one of my favorite aspects of blogging.


Stacey said...

You are so smart! I'm going to Dollar Tree today.

Happy@Home said...

I LOVE it when you share your creativity with us and hope you continue to do so. I can see a trip to Dollar Tree in my very near future. Those purse bags are darling. Unfortunately we no longer have a K Mart nearby. Their new line looks very cute.

Happy Tuesday.

southerninspiration said...

If you've made all those pretty packages (all dressed up and nowhere to go???) and have nowhere to send them, feel free to send one my way!!! LOL...they are gorgeous!


a woman who is said...

Oh Judy these are such great creative ideas. I am on my way out this morning and will be now stopping at the dollar store:) Receiving a gift from you is truly a special treat! I love the idea of using the tea towel as an added bonus to the gift.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Dang! those purses are cute!

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon Judy, These are wonderful ideas. I love the dollar store. I have not seen those bags but I will be going there later this week and will look for them. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful ideas you give us. I have used a lot of them and will continue using them throughout the year. I hope you will join the fashion show I'm hosting and show us your favorite 'Little Black Dress.'

Tracy said...

Beautiful Judy! I love when you share ideas like this. = )

Lissa said...

I can always use new packaging ideas! Thank you!

Barb said...

Judy, girl, now I have to go to the Dollar Tree.........those bags are just too adorable.

Everything is so creative!

Barb ♥

Dale said...

Thank you for these great ideas on packaging - how cute! And yummy apple recipes! I love autumn; it's my favorite season! You have made it even better!

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Now this looks FUN! I so enjoy how you 'dress' up ordinary things and make them so beautiful for giving and sharing.

You have a gift for it, m'dear!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

that's a very sweet idea!


Anonymous said...

I can't believe it. I was in Dollar Tree yesterday and didn't even see those bag. I betcha I am up there again tomorrow. BTW do you remember seeing a demonstration on making a candle holder decorated with potpourri, on anyone's post. I got all the items, but forgot what to use to hold the pp together. Would appreciate your help, if you know.

Shelley said...

I love your gifts ideas as always! The presentations of the gifts are so beautiful!!

The Tiquehunters Wife said...

Dear Judy,
How I enjoyed your gift wrapping and presenting ideas! Will be so helpful to me in the coming months.
I love the Dollar Tree and am always finding the cutest little things there. Comes in so handy for Sunday School crafts too.
I love the purse bags--so cute--haven't seen them at my store yet!
Going to have to check out K Mart too. We have a K Mart, Walmart, Dollar Tree, a tiny JoAnn Fabrics, and Big Lots in our little town. I guess thats all one needs, still, longing for a Target!
Blessings to You!
Claudia O.

Judy said...

We don't have a Dollar Tree nearby...but I will be checking out Dollar Giant to see if they have any similar treasures. Great ideas once again.

LisaShaw said...

Oh Judy, you have given me the BEST idea for something upcoming!

I NEVER thought of using a decorative purse (haven't seen them at the dollar tree near me) to house little gifts to give. I love it!

What do you think about a larger size purse? We have a store named DOTS out here that my daughter shops at and they sell shoulder strap bags and I was just thinking that one of those filled with goodies for a lady would be nice and then put the colorful tissue paper. Do you think smaller purses are better?

Thanks for always blessing us with neat ideas!

Betty said...

What fun gift ideas..thanks:)


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