‘Tis the season to be gifting and if you’re on a budget, fret not!
As the saying goes, “It’s the thought that counts”, right? You need not scout for expensive gifts if you know little unique ways to pimp your gift. This way, it’s meaningful and it doesn’t break the bank. Win-win! Here’s how you can give your present a little something extra.
Scents can do wonders and lift one’s mood at a whiff! Unless your intended receiver has fragrance sensitivity or allergies, consider adding a finishing touch by giving a spritz of your favourite perfume on the gift wrappers before you send it off.
Next time you receive a bouquet or walk around any of SG’s parks, save some of the fallen flowers or interesting leaves, then press and dry them (or just pick up an inexpensive pack from Daiso or Spotlight).
To use them as gift toppers: Glue the pressed flowers to a handmade card or tuck them under your gift’s string or ribbon. They’ll instantly make your present pretty as a picture. Tip: You can even get away with using plain wrapping papers!
Ditch the adhesive tape and put a wax seal onto your gift or card – and immediately transform it into something grand and vintage-glam. There’re plenty of wax stamp sets with wax sticks of various colours that you can purchase from the internet, not to mention simple DIY instructions for you to achieve the perfect stamp that your loved ones will swoon over.
Add a bit of festive cheer to your Christmas cards and gifts with some original typography! The beauty of typography is that there are tons of styles for you to experiment with. Think of a quirky message and do it calligraphy-style. Or do it the old-school cut-and-paste way and stick the letters of the alphabet onto your gift to customise it.
Although it requires a little more effort, the smiles on the recipient’s faces are worth it. Plus, there are many tutorials online to help you get started, like here. (Want to outsource the effort? Check out SG’s top calligraphers here.)
Go green this Christmas (pun not intended) and recycle old mooncake boxes or shoe boxes for your Christmas gifts. It’s time to get your creative juices flowing because there’re plenty of exciting things you can do!
Try painting the boxes with a matte mint green hue and sprinkle on some D-I-Y paper confetti (use a hole punch) for some extra sass. Or, wrap twine around it and glue on some pieces of burlap sack to give it a rustic feel. Otherwise, paste cute stickers to make your boxes look like Santa or Frosty.
There are plenty of ways to turn the old into something sparkly and new this year!
By Em Tan, December 2018 / Updated December 2019
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