Wrapping up the gift card dilemma

It’s a given with the holidays: you have friends or family with kids who are too old for toys. Gift cards seem to be a logical choice for teens and even tweens; after all, they can enjoy the freedom to shop for what they want and make their own choices. But a small envelope can look a little thin, like an afterthought present at best.

Consider, then, a themed package for the whole family.

gift box

What looks like a box full of random little presents is actually the makings of a “Reading Party.”

Ingredients for a DIY Reading Party Holiday Kit:

  1. Bookstore gift cards for each of the kids in a separate envelopes (you can see the envelopes tucked along one of the sides of the box in the picture above).
  2. Container of baked, cut-out sugar cookies (undecorated), with big white filmy bow atop.
  3. Containers of white frosting, colored gel icing tubes, sprinkles, etc., wrapped.
  4. Separate tins of hot chocolate and peppermint cocoa mix (we got these from Trader Joes), each wrapped with a little bow on top.
  5. A recipe card for a “DIY Reading Party,” with following instructions:
    • Buy your favorite book
    • Come home and decorate a cookie (or two….or more) with as much icing and sprinkles as you can get away with. Chomp ’em down quickly.
    • Make a cup of hot cocoa.
    • Find a warm, cozy corner and settle in for a good long read.
    • PS — Share the cookies and cocoa with your parents!

Then take a cardboard box and wrap it in festive paper. Line the bottom and sides with tissue paper and nestle each wrapped package into the box. Toss in a couple of colorful, plastic ornaments, and you have a whole themed family gift.

Other family themed gifts could include:

  • Movie Night: including gift cards to the local theater, along with a few holiday DVDs, popcorn, and Junior Mints for all.
  • Game Night: including iTunes or GooglePlay gift cards to purchase their favorite apps, as well as a new travel board game or two (Sequence, anyone?), pizza gift certificates, and lemonade and juice boxes.

To my mind, these presents are less about the exchange of gift cards and more about the experience of family togetherness. Happy gifting!

How do you give gift cards? Got any good ideas for family themed gifts?


About thethingaboutjoan

Mom of three who knits a little, bakes a lot, crafts a bit and blogs about it all.
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14 Responses to Wrapping up the gift card dilemma

  1. I think this is a terrific idea! A very thoughtful and creative solve to the gift card dilemma!

  2. KBT says:

    Reblogged this on Craft-Create-Connect and commented:
    I am always looking for clever personal gifts and this is such a cute idea!

  3. go Mama O says:

    Great idea! I’ll have to save this one for another year.

  4. Vicky Myers says:

    Great idea, makes it much more fun:)

  5. Micha says:

    I love this idea! Thanks, Joan!

  6. I agree. It’s tough. I love your photograph!

  7. I have to remember this…wonderful ideas, Joan!

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