Today I’m over at Skip to My Lou as part of the Bake Craft Sew & Crochet Along. I am sharing a wonderful zakka-inspired gift bag perfect for holiday gift giving. In fact, you won’t want to miss all the handmade gift ideas! I have joined over 100 bloggers to share some amazing homemade gift ideas…….and I get to be part of an amazing sewing giveaway too. More on the giveaway below.
Be sure to check it out. I was inspired to make these humble gift bags by a desire to give teachers money at the holidays. I always want to give teachers money (or gift cards) because they spend so much of their own on classroom supplies but it can feel odd and uncomfortable. A sweet little gift bag adds just the right amount of handmade to the whole exchange. It’s also a great way to give money to anyone in an extra special way…your broke Uncle or ramen-eating sister, anyone really! It is my favorite way to take the awkwardness out a gift of cold hard cash.
I find little gift bags so handy that I pulled together ten other inventive ways to use them:
1. Jot down your favorite sangria recipe, tuck it into the gift bag and attach it to a bottle of wine as a gift for your spunky neighbor.
2. Tuck little surprises into each bag and build your own advent calendar or 12 Days of Christmas treats
3. Holiday party sweets for kids: Surprise your little guests with a bag of holiday sweets after a holiday party.
4. Dinner party surprises: Give a bag of specialty chocolates or after-dinner mints to each person at a holiday dinner party.
5. Cookie Recipe exchange: Copy your famous snickerdoodle recipe onto an index card and store it in the gift bag, attach the bag to a tin of cookies for your host.
6. Tea Lover’s Gift: Tuck a dozen bags of speciality tea into the gift bag and warm the hands and hearts of a tea-loving friend.
7. Gift for a friend: Surprise a friend with a few thoughtful gifts in her own reusable bag.
8. Hang the gift bag on the Christmas tree with special sweets for a Christmas morning treat for the kids.
9. Attach a gift bag with a special note or extra gift card to another gift to make it extra special.
10. Slip a fabric napkin and handful of family recipes into a gift bag and attach it to specialty kitchen supplies as a gift for a foodie.
I hope you are inspired to make a handful of gift bags! Now, be sure to enter the giveaway for a sewing machine (can you even beleive it!!). There are about a gazillion ways to win! Good luck.
This sewing machine is so AMAZING it even has a name! Meet Rachel.