red and white striped one, which would look great with red or green paper. I did this myself with a jersey scarf two years ago — seen here...
For just a little something extra, make these headbands the ribbons around your wrapped package. Red and white dots for Christmas, blue and white for Hanukkah.
These bags fold up into little strawberries. Cute! Or tuck a book or two in an Aeropostle tote. Three things to know. One, pick the solids for teens and logos for tweens. Two, don’t pay over $15 because these things are almost always on sale. Three, don’t think you can use another brand of tote unless you are very confident in your teen tote radar. Believe me, I know of which I speak.
Threadless t-shirt. Want a literary theme? They’ve got that covered. But my favorite idea has to be giving the book Zombies vs. Unicorns with this most perfect t-shirt design... and conflict solved. (Though if you prefer, you can search for shirts with zombie or unicorn themes.)
Wrap a cookbook in photocopies of your favorite recipes. A knitting book with your own favorite patterns. Or hey, wrap a book about finances in real money.
Fair Trade recycled candy wrapper coin purse.
Maybe you just want to attach a little something to the gift for fun. I suggest a keychain, an ornament, bangle-bracelets, locker magnets, or lip gloss. You can find these online, but personally, I go to the very back of Claire’s stores where they often have incredible discounts on such little things. Often they will have a 10 items for $10 deal. We've found nice things that were originally priced at ten dollars!
Don’t have the time or energy to deal with the mall? Find a little booklight to tie on the package. I like the look of this one and in black it’s only $6. Good deal.
Look to the 105 Ways to Give a Book: A Holiday Rerun for more ideas. And if you want to share your pairings or wrappings, I’d be more than happy to include them in my master list — coming soon!
(We’ll be back to the ABC Giveaway soon. I promise!)
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