It happens every year - we make our holiday shopping list, put a huge dent in it during Black Friday weekend, and then totally forget about the "extra" gifts we have to give until the week before Christmas. You know the ones - for the mailman, the paper boys, the kids' teachers, and anyone else that helps our family function in some way throughout the year. We appreciative them so much, and want to do something nice for them, but the rush of the season tends to make us forgetful.
I always wish that I had the time in my busy schedule to really make them something big and detailed, but the truth is - I just don't. I love Pinterest projects as much as the next girl, but there's just no room for them in this season of my life!
Wanting to make our appreciation gifts a little more special than handing them a boxed card we did nothing more than sign our name in, I decided to get just a little bit crafty this year. It took me all of 5 minutes to make something special for all four "thank you" gifts we're giving this season. This is such a simple and pretty idea, so I thought I'd show you how I did it in case you need an idea, too!
DIY Gift Pockets
Greeting Cards (Hallmark cards are so pretty, and a perfect way to show you care!)
Pretty Holiday Scrapbooking Paper
Adhesive (any kind you like!)
Embellishments (like stickers, glitter, confetti, etc.)
Gift Cards and/or other little gifts
First, collect some extra-special greeting cards. I wanted them to be pretty, sturdy, and more special than your run-of-the-mill boxed cards, so I bought them individually in the greeting card section of Walmart. I picked four Hallmark Cards for our mailman, newspaper boys, our cleaning lady, and my son's teacher (I'm a sucker for glitter, how cute is the Santa one?!)
When I got home, I put on some Christmas music (gotta set the mood, right?), and chose some holiday scrapbooking papers to make little gift pockets, and then cut them down to size. Cut out 4-1/4" x 2" rectangles of your paper - as many as you need (I cut four). These are the perfect size for a gift card or other similarly sized surprise to peek out of the top!
Then, using a gift card or credit card as a guide, fold the bottom and two sides in towards the middle (about 1/4" in on each of the three edges). Crease them well for really nice, straight edges.
Put your chosen adhesive on each of the flaps of paper you've created, making sure you don't get any on the top unfolded edge. (You don't have to use a big fancy glue contraption like mine, anything will work - I'm just all about that scrapbook life! haha) Then place your pocket in your card wherever you'd like it! Add stickers, or draw a shape with glue and sprinkle it with glitter, or sneak some fun confetti in the pocket with your gift to make it even cuter!
These pockets will fit gift cards nice and snug, so they won't float around inside the card. or get lost once the recipient opens their card. You can totally get creative with things that will fit - like a wrapped tea bag, folded money, a coupon you found that will work with a gift card, pretty stickers, or any other small treat you can find! Play around with the size of your pockets to fit all kinds of things!!
If you try this out, I'd love to see what you come up with! Let me know where I can see pictures of your creations!! You can also find more inspiration and ideas to make gift giving just a little bit more special with Hallmark Card ideas.
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