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diy holiday gift boxes

12.15.14

diy gift boxes | almost makes perfect

you may have someone in your life that’s hard to buy for – especially when they don’t just send out a list of what they want. i have a strong love for making gift boxes, so i decided to gift a few relatives (that don’t read the blog) with some this year. if they cook or bake, here are some ideas for how to make your own gift box for that lucky person.

i did all of the shopping in three stores : two small local boutiques with dope pantry sections, and the rest at world market.

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DIY GIFT BOX :: FOR THE COOK
for the cook i’m gifting, i focused on staples that i know he uses in the kitchen and then added in a few novelty items to make it fun.

STAPLE ITEM IDEAS
lentils
maldon sea salt flakes (this stuff makes EVERYTHING better, including sweets)
mustard powder
italian rice (good for risottos)
hawaiian sea salt
a pretty new whisk

SPECIALTY ITEM IDEAS
umami paste
lobster pâté
yuzu pao sauce
fancy pickles

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the boxes were bought at joanns and the shredded paper filler is from world market.

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DIY GIFT BOX :: FOR THE BAKER
for the baker, we tried to fill with baking staples that we know she’ll end up using – and just added a couple fun things to spice it up.

STAPLE ITEM IDEAS
raw honey
vanilla extract
baking soda
baking powder
caster sugar

SPECIALTY ITEM IDEAS
some pretty mast brothers chocolate
lemon curd
cupcake liners
cookie cutters

diy gift boxes | almost makes perfect

and then i was so into the gift box idea — that i made one for my husband too (he promised not to look at the blog today). he is obsessed with incense and getting rid of the cat litter smell, so i made him his own little scent gift box.

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DIY GIFT BOX :: FOR THE SCENT LOVER

ITEMS
palo santo sticks
a couple of sage bundles
vintage matchbooks
our favorite PF candle

i put all of the items into a vintage cigar box.

soooo anyway – if you’re stuck on what to gift someone this year, you can probably tell i suggest making them a gift box. if you’re shopping in person, you can throw one together in a few hours. and if the recipient tucks it away in a closet, then you can periodically go in and steal items back one at a time and still win!

7 comments on “diy holiday gift boxes”

  1. LOVE THIS. Thank you :) I’ve been struggling with what to get people and almost ended up being a complete lame-o and buying gift cards (the worst!). Definitely doing this for at least 2 loved ones.

  2. This is so lovely! I’m making gift boxes/baskets for my parents this Christmas and have filled them with all the little things they love :) Hopefully they’ll like it too! Have a wonderful Christmas x
    P.S: your blog is so so pretty! x

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