Giving gift cards seems to be taboo as far as proper etiquette is concerned, but I enjoy giving - and receiving - them. In my opinion, a gift card is much better than one more piece of material stuff to have around. Stuff you have to dust, or move around half-heartedly, or try to sell at a garage sale while stifling guilt.
This year instead of stretching our minds to give a couple of our loved ones a material gift to open, we decided to give them a gift of experience, and pay for them to have a fun and relaxing day together. We got each person a gift card to a place they enjoy shopping, a gift card to a restaurant they like, and a larger amount of a gift card for an evening "date" activity they enjoy.
I didn't want to just hand them a stack of gift cards, so I whipped together a little gift card holder. With a few snips and cuts from me, decorations with wonderful kid art, and a cutesy message, I feel like this will be something fun to open.
First, I measured a piece of 8.5 x 11 card stock and marked the middle of each side. I drew lines and cut out the top left section.
I folded the top right section down, and the bottom left section over, and created a tri-flap card.
The kids decorated the insides with colors, markers, and holiday stickers. I tried to make the outside pretty with scrapbook paper and stickers. Here is the front:
This is the inside. One gift card is on the left. I used clear photo corners to put it on the page so it's easy to pull out, but still looks nice. On the right, I decorated the top side of the top right flap with the start of my cutesy message.
When the top flap is lifted, there is another gift card placed there with photo corners. One more gift card is on the bottom right.
The last card is on the back, also affixed with clear photo corners.
It's nothing professional but I think I will enjoy watching our loved ones open this. ...and you can never go wrong with kid art!
I also tried to make slightly fancier holders for gift cards that we gave in singles. I know most stores provide little cards and envelopes, but this made it more personal.
First, I cut a piece of 8.5 x 11 card stock in three strips. Each strip is 3.5 inches wide, so there was a mere .5 inch strip left over.
I next marked the ends of each strip at 2 inches on one end, and 2.5 inches on the opposite end. These marks are for folding. (Do you like the ruler I still have from 3rd grade?)
I folded up the long end and held it in place with my new favorite crafting item, double-stick tape which is still left over from putting plastic on our windows.
I added some decorations on all sides with Christmas scrapbook paper.
To close the flap nicely, I used some adhesive Velcro on the inside of the top flap, and on the top of the pocket. You can't see it in the photo, but it's there! (I should have taken a photo with a gift card in, but I forgot).
Here are the other two:
Again, it's nothing professional but these little gift card holders were fun to make and add that extra, special touch.
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