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Ideas for Handmade Wedding Gifts

When searching for handcrafted gifts, look for items that have an interesting and unique angle to them such as a unique or rare material - often of heirloom quality. Examples of unique gifts include an Italian alabaster paperweight, an inlaid abalone picture frame from the Pacific, a pair of seashell-made trays, or a pashima scarf made in Mongolia. Gifts such as these make unique stories and are always appreciated. There are many avenues that offer distinctive ideas for handmade gifts, these include online specialty retailers, antique shops, flea markets, or museum shops.

Use Elegant Packaging for Presenting Handcrafted Gifts

A handmade gift is especially pleasing when presented in an elegant container such as a sinamay heart-shaped box or fabric-made container. Use personalized accents to add a touch of flair. For instance, a raffia or organdy ribbon tied around colorfully gift wrapped packages produces a memorable presentation. Beautiful gift wrapping paper with unique prints and designs inspired by elegant imagery also lends to creating a truly caring and memorable present.


Personalized Gifts or Favor Tags with Messages Add Extra Meaning

Presents packaged exquisitely would not be complete without distinctive personal accents such as custom printed or handmade tags. Whether using a traditional gift tag in a rectangular shape or a uniquely shaped tag (e.g., maple leaf, seashell, round, or heart-shaped tags), attaching a personalized gift or favor tag provides the ideal opportunity to add a meaningful message or greeting. Find unique embellishments like faux pearls, confetti, glitter, pewter charms, or rosettes to liven up any gift or favor tag. Other creative options also include real acorns and pine cones, maple leaves, seashells, or pressed flowers.

Decorate Gifts and Favors with Friends and Family

Make decorating gifts and favors a fun and exciting social event. Invite close friends and family for a gift and favor packaging party! Just ensure that people are not packaging their own gifts. Gift wrapping parties are especially important when preparing a large number of presents and favors for a large social affair such as a bridal shower, engagement party, or post-wedding weekend brunch or lunch time party. For weddings and bridal showers, this is the perfect time for bridesmaids to help the bride in a thoughtful way.

Create Homemade Goodies and Treats Using Family Recipes

For that special favor or gift, there is nothing more special than those made with homemade ingredients and materials. Whether baking treats from a family recipe or blending together your favorite scented potpourri, some unique ideas for making your own favors include:

- Biscotti with a sachet of tea or coffee wrapped together
- Craft a caramel apple and present it in a pretty wrap - click to view diy favor ideas
- Chocolate fudge or peanut brittle bars
- Custom blend of your favorite coffee beans
- Painted or etched glass coasters wrapped in raffia ribbons
- Glycerin soaps in special shapes such as hearts and leaves
- Homemade jars of jam or honey
- Iced sugar cookies with a recipe placed together with each favor.
- Lavender seeds placed in organza or silk pouches
- Petals scented in your favorite perfumed oils like rose or lavender.
- Popcorn balls flavored in cheese, chocolate, or caramel.
- Potpourri mix made of natural ingredients such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
- Tea mixes or packets presented in handmade ceramic mugs.

By saving money on easy treats that can be made at home, favors can be presented in elegant packaging such as heart or oval-shaped favor boxes, embroidered organza bags, and other readily available containers that can be found to suit either your wedding theme or color palette. The key is finding specially made packaging that represents something meaningful for the bride and groom.

Please feel free to visit these sites:

Artist Book Printing, Letterpress Wedding Invitations

http://www.letterpressbookarts.com/
Brittany Sanders: custom letterpress wedding invitations, personal stationery, hand-printed artist books, letterpress baby announcements, and letterpress save the date cards.

Artoken
http://www.artoken.com/
Artoken creates high quality, unique one of a kind tokens to commemorate all special events. Customized artwork, tastefully executed, which can include names, dates, special quotations, even images.

HGTV - Crafts
http://www.hgtv.com/
Home & Garden Television - Crafts Section

Isle of Wight Studio Glass Gifts - Hand made studio glass gifts for all occassions made on the Isle of Wight

Jewelry boxes - Hawaiian koa boxes by Duncan
http://www.duncanswoods.com/
Gallery quality jewelry boxes and cribbage boards for men and women. We ship world wide!

Lavender Products

http://www.lavendernthings.com/
Fine lavender products from Hawaii. We offer gourmet culinary lavender products, lavender weddings accents, sachets, home decor and lavender spa products.

Paper Crafts magazine
http://www.papercraftsmag.com/
Paper Crafts magazine has beautiful step-by-step projects for paper crafting. Ideas on making cards, gift wrap, gift bags, tags, invitations, party favors.

Wooden Wedding Goblets by Crafty Owl
http://www.crafty-owl.com
Personalized Wooden Wedding Goblets and custom hand carved wedding gifts.

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