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Title: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Amara on December 08, 2012, 04:16:44 PM
Well, my three siblings have asked for gift cards. I don't like giving them any more than I do money because I enjoy--and I know they enjoy--the anticipation and the actual unwrapping of gifts. Still, I will give them what they want. So ... does anyone have some ideas for wrapping them up in special or magical ways? I have thought about boxes inside boxes inside boxes, each smaller and I may do that. But I wonder what else the creative minds here can think of. I'd love to make it pretty, fun, unusual but am open to almost anything.

One gift card is to K-Mart since my sister has her eye on a bicycle there and this is a contribution. The second is to my brother and will be for Target. He may look at tools but it will certainly be something he can use around the house. The last is to a sister and is for CVS; she'll use it to buy her monthly supply of make-up.

Thank you for your help!
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: NyaChan on December 08, 2012, 04:18:41 PM
You can buy mazes that you have to solve to unlock the gift cards, but that's kind of a know your audience thing.  I've buried gift cards in a box of candy before which went over well. 
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Deetee on December 08, 2012, 04:22:49 PM
*Cackle*

I have hidden cash in

1) a box of (set) concrete
2) a puzzle box
3) an epoxied stainless steel martini shaker
4) a 2 foot by 2 foot solid mass of nails and 2 by 4's
5) an old comfy chair
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Jones on December 08, 2012, 04:23:31 PM
For the sister getting a bike-put it into one of those bike baskets with a bunch of tissue paper. Whether she uses the basket or not, there are some cute and inexpensive ones out there that can be reused for other things too.
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: otterwoman on December 08, 2012, 04:49:49 PM
I bought inexpensive shirts and hid the gift cards in the pockets.
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: jpcher on December 08, 2012, 05:11:10 PM
For the sister getting a bike-put it into one of those bike baskets with a bunch of tissue paper. Whether she uses the basket or not, there are some cute and inexpensive ones out there that can be reused for other things too.

^I think that this is a great idea! It's a little bit of something that shows the thought of what you would like your gift card to be used for.

You could expound on this with your sister . . . buy a glamor magazine. Hide the gift card within the pages.

The brother and tools? Maybe go to your local (ACE?) hardware store and pick up a few screws/nails/washers type of things (you can get the single items for cheap, like 10-50 cents each.) Put the gift card in the bottom of a small box with the hardware on top.
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Jelaza on December 08, 2012, 05:53:36 PM
I once gave a concert ticket inserted into a nice but inexpensive picture frame; the same could be done with a gift card.
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Giantkillersmom on December 08, 2012, 06:07:50 PM
Got this one from Pinterest and I'm using it.

Get a canned fruit with a pull tab. Use a can opener to take off the bottom ( the kind that breaks the seal with no rough edges is best). Wash out the can fill with candy and gift card, then hot glue the bottom back on. You can get a laugh out of their confusion about receiving a can of fruit or remove the label and re- wrap it with pretty paper.
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Thipu1 on December 09, 2012, 09:55:15 AM
Little stockings are a nice way to present a gift card. 

Another nice way is to buy a fancy holiday ornament andut the gift card in the box. 

BTW, how do you get a gift card out of a box of concrete?  ???
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 09, 2012, 11:46:39 AM
You could do a treasure hunt.  Hide their gift cards somewhere in the house then give them an envelope with the first clue, then lead them to several more clues before the final clue reveals the location of the gift card.

I gave my nephews cold hard cash a couple of years ago.  I froze twonies in layers in peanut butter jars.  You could do that with a gift card, too.  Put some water in the bottom, freeze it, put the gift card in, add more water and freeze again.
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: magicdomino on December 09, 2012, 02:05:26 PM
Little stockings are a nice way to present a gift card. 

Another nice way is to buy a fancy holiday ornament and put the gift card in the box. 

BTW, how do you get a gift card out of a box of concrete?  ???

Sledgehammer?

I've given gift cards for Home Depot and Lowe's by putting them in empty paint cans.  The home improvement stores sell clean, empty ones for mixing and storing your own paint.

Diversion safes might be fun:  http://www.bewild.com/dicansa.html  Some could be easily homemade, like Giantkillersmom's canned fruit.
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Lynn2000 on December 09, 2012, 03:24:37 PM
I think it's a know-your-audience thing... Some people would be really charmed to have to work to obtain their gift (concrete, ice, maze, etc.), some really wouldn't. If you feel they've "resorted" to gift cards and don't really enjoy the gifting process that much, they may just rather the gift card be handed to them inside something simple, like an envelope, tiny stocking, or tin (if inside anything at all). Actually I've noticed that a lot of places would like to sell you things specifically to hold gift cards, like a stuffed animal holding a wallet-like pocket you could slip the card into.

I do like the idea of bundling the gift card with something small related to the store/potential use--I think the standard idea is a Starbucks card inside a Starbucks mug, perhaps along with a couple of packaged Starbucks treats like biscotti sticks. Or a keychain with a bicycle on it, coupled with the Kmart card in a small box.

I think small, flat boxes and tins; fun drawstring bags; folding Chinese food-type containers; etc. are generally readily available at, say, a large craft store. You could always fill them with candy, confetti, etc. around the gift card.

My grandfather used to give us cash tucked inside various pages of a crossword puzzle book (kind of like the gift card in the fashion mag idea). I would recommend mentioning that the card is in there, so watch out for it, rather than leaving it as a surprise, because it may fall out accidentally or get thrown away with all those cards that seem to fall out of magazines. (experience)
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Seven Ate Nine on December 09, 2012, 03:30:11 PM
For the sister getting a bike-put it into one of those bike baskets with a bunch of tissue paper. Whether she uses the basket or not, there are some cute and inexpensive ones out there that can be reused for other things too.

^I think that this is a great idea! It's a little bit of something that shows the thought of what you would like your gift card to be used for.

You could expound on this with your sister . . . buy a glamor magazine. Hide the gift card within the pages.

The brother and tools? Maybe go to your local (ACE?) hardware store and pick up a few screws/nails/washers type of things (you can get the single items for cheap, like 10-50 cents each.) Put the gift card in the bottom of a small box with the hardware on top.

I got my BIL a GC to Home Depot.  I am going to wrap it up with a can of WD-40 and a roll of duct tape  :)
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: JenJay on December 09, 2012, 03:33:52 PM
I think small, flat boxes and tins; fun drawstring bags; folding Chinese food-type containers; etc. are generally readily available at, say, a large craft store. You could always fill them with candy, confetti, etc. around the gift card.

I just did this for my 8yo nephew. I got him a gift card of Xbox points (so he can download Minecraft) but I wanted a fun way to wrap it. WalMart had what they called "carry out" containers that were Christmas themed with clear "windows" in the front, really cute. I filled it with candy and tucked the card down inside and then wrapped it so it could go under the tree. There's quite a bit of candy in it so he'll be thrilled and I'm sure my Bro and SIL will appreciate it, too.  ;)
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Amara on December 09, 2012, 05:01:24 PM
What fantastic ideas from everyone! Thank you so much.

I especially liked these: a box of (set) concrete; a 2 foot by 2 foot solid mass of nails and 2 by 4's; bike baskets with a bunch of tissue paper; a glamor magazine [with] the gift card within the pages; a few screws/nails/washers type of things [with] the gift card in the bottom of a small box with the hardware on top; a treasure hunt, water in the bottom, freeze it, put the gift card in, add more water and freeze again; putting them in empty paint cans; wrap it up with a can of WD-40 and a roll of duct tape.

These are brilliant, simply brilliant. I will use the bike basket for Ann, the magazine for Katy, and I am still deciding on the "box" for Kirby. Again, thank you.
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Bijou on December 09, 2012, 05:32:24 PM
You could do a treasure hunt.  Hide their gift cards somewhere in the house then give them an envelope with the first clue, then lead them to several more clues before the final clue reveals the location of the gift card.

I gave my nephews cold hard cash a couple of years ago.  I froze twonies in layers in peanut butter jars.  You could do that with a gift card, too.  Put some water in the bottom, freeze it, put the gift card in, add more water and freeze again.
Don't they have a magnetic strip that could be damaged by wet and freezing temperatures?  I don't know, but it is a thought.
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Bijou on December 09, 2012, 05:38:10 PM
My husband once gave his mom a lovely gold chain which he hid within a roll of toilet paper. The plan was that he would wrap the roll like a gift, she would open this roll of toilet paper and have to go through it to find the gift.  I don't think it ever got that far.  It somehow fell out of the roll before he wrapped it and got lost in the grass.  He said I found it but I don't recall finding it at the time.  Maybe years later, or something.  Anyway, that was a big fat booboo.  So, I don't recommend that.   :(
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: wolfie on December 09, 2012, 05:47:08 PM
*Cackle*

I have hidden cash in

1) a box of (set) concrete
2) a puzzle box
3) an epoxied stainless steel martini shaker
4) a 2 foot by 2 foot solid mass of nails and 2 by 4's
5) an old comfy chair

Op - if you do any of those I would be 100% sure that your recipient would appreciate them. The puzzle box I would find fun, the concrete, martini shaker and mass of nails and 2 by 4's I would find a chore and if I knew the amount might just leave it behind because it wouldn't be worth the work depending on how much the card was worth.  The old comfy chair kinda confuses me - sounds like it means just lift cushions and I would be fine with that.

I know there are some people who would enjoy the ones I wouldn't so if you know your family would then go for it.
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Amara on December 09, 2012, 05:54:58 PM
I think Kirby would like the concrete or the 2x4 ones. I can see him being amused. The martini shaker, while good for someone else, could not be used in our family as almost everyone--excepting my other brother and I--have or have had alcohol problems. So ... no booze-related gifts even if they are the "box."
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: rose red on December 09, 2012, 06:14:51 PM
How about putting sister's card inside a box of Bicycle brand playing cards before putting inside the basket?
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Lynn2000 on December 09, 2012, 07:13:21 PM
How about putting sister's card inside a box of Bicycle brand playing cards before putting inside the basket?

Oh, I like that. :) It's clever and the card is hidden, but yet not really that difficult to find or liable to get lost.
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: artk2002 on December 09, 2012, 08:01:39 PM
If you're really clever, you do something like this:

Reverse Geo-Cache (http://arduiniana.org/projects/the-reverse-geo-cache-puzzle/)

Edit: Please read all 4 chapters of the story!
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: afbluebelle on December 09, 2012, 08:05:17 PM
You could put it in a big box with a helium balloon tied to it. When the box is opened, the card floats out ;D
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: sevenday on December 09, 2012, 09:38:57 PM
When I had a relatively small item for my brother (it was a turtle necklace in a small box) I wrapped it, and then thought, "Gee this looks really small compared to everybody else's boxes."  After some thinking, I raided my stack of boxes - roomie and I save various cardboard boxes from different sources so we'll have a variety of sizes to pick from when we want to wrap/mail something.  I selected one a coffee mug came in, a shoebox, and then a USPS large priority type box.  I "nested" them, then filled in the space with decoy small boxes, all wrapped with scrap odds and ends of wrapping paper and newspaper.  Then I wrapped the large outer box with newspaper, specifically the crossword puzzle pages since my brother loves those.  It LOOKED big, rattled a little when shaken, looked great.  My brother went from excited to skeptical, to exasperated, and finally to laughter when he began digging through all those boxes.  It probably didn't help that I put messages in the decoy boxes. (Along the lines of: "Nope, not this one."  "Your present is in another box." - obscure nerd ref there, he got it though. And so on.)
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Amara on December 18, 2012, 01:23:08 PM
These were all such great ideas (and, Art, a wonderful story). Thank you! Here is what I ended up doing:

The bicycle gift card for my sister was placed inside a well-used pack of bicycle playing cards. I had to take it out of its paper holder so it fit perfectly among the cards. The deck in turn was wrapped up and put into a small box that fit it well and then that was wrapped as well but it also had a small bow on it. Then that box was put inside a tissue-filled well-used bicycle helmet I got from someone on Freecycle. It is a snazzy one with neon purples, blues, and blacks. It had been in a small accident once so the woman didn't want her daughter using it again but she had been hanging onto it because it was too good to throw out. So she gave it to me. The helmet is now in its own box, gaily wrapped and be-ribboned.

The Target gift card for my brother is in its own small box, which is wrapped and sits inside a smallish salad spinner I found on CL for $5. It's in perfect condition so he can use it (he eats a lot of salads for dinner). That spinner is lined with tissue paper and the boxed card is buried in that. There are also a couple of bunches of radishes that I will add to it Christmas morning before I wrap the box in which the salad spinner will sit.

My other sister is getting the CVS card that she uses to buy a monthly supply of make-up. So from a friend I got a black velvet small make-up bag that has a large red sequined set of lips on one side. I am going to stuff it with tissue paper and maybe some empty make-up containers (used lipstick) for fun, then it is going inside another beautifully wrapped box.

I am quite excited to think how puzzled they will all be at first, then the ensuing laughter. Thanks again! You really set my creative spark afloat,
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 18, 2012, 01:24:35 PM
Great job, Amara!
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: WillyNilly on December 18, 2012, 01:49:23 PM
Sephora sells a cute little body wash that comes in a box with a gift card slot - I just use those.

With all of these clever ideas be careful to tell the person you are putting the gift card in there.  If I got a pack of cards as a gift I'd thank the giver and smile and then put them right into the "off to charity pile" later without ever opening the box.  I wouldn't look in a shirt pocket if I didn't like the shirt.  A make-up bag would be stashed until something spilled in my current one - could be a year or two before I looked in it. Etc.  In fact I once gave a $50 check to charity because it was put inside a gift wallet I didn't want and I never looked.  At least with a check it was made out to me and therefore never cashed so the giver wasn't out anything, but with a gift card you are straight-up out the money.
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Giggity on December 18, 2012, 04:06:18 PM
Origami envelope.

Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: Amara on December 18, 2012, 04:56:04 PM
I won't let them toss the weird packaging aside until they find the gift cards. I know that's a possibility so I intend to "nag" them until they find the actual cards. Then we can all laugh at the crazy things I did.
Title: Re: Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
Post by: IslandMama on December 18, 2012, 06:03:57 PM
Sounds like fun, Amara!

I had a gift card for my brother's girlfriend.  We have "the box" which has been in use for 16 years now and it gets passed among the family and then whoever gets it uses it as the wrapping for a present the following year.  It's just a hexagonal box with vintage Santa pictures on it and it's always fun to see it under the tree and speculate as to who gets the box this year, it's one of the very few traditions we have.  We had our family Christmas on the weekend and I stuffed the box with a strand of tinsel, tiny ornaments for their tree and the gift card.  She loved it, but I think what she loved more was that she got "the box" and all it means to us.