Monday, September 2, 2013

Present for Teen

So my niece is turning 15 next week and I am facing the dreaded "what do I get her?" question.  Our standard gift for the other nieces and nephews have been gift cards to various places and, over the years, the gift cards have been well received.  But this niece is going through a tough time right now and I thought she could use a little extra attention this birthday.  Since she lives over 1,000 miles away, a special niece-aunt excursion just won't be happening so I needed to think of something else.  This is what I came up with.
This is a set of 10 envelops tied together with a bow.  In each envelop is something special.
One contains some dance and gymnastic pictures of her cousin (my daughter).  A couple contain chocolate coins.  And the rest contain cash in various forms, rather than the same total amount in a gift card.  Each envelop also has confetti which of course will make my sister, my niece's mother, thrilled as is spills all over.   But like I said, they are over 1,000 miles away so immediate retaliation is unlikely. Although I am making a mental note to carefully inspect my own daughter's birthday and Christmas presents in the future.

I made the envelops from coordinating scrapbook paper and my seed envelop template that you can find here.  (When I made this type of gift a second time I used the seed packet envelop file that came with my Silhouette die cut machine).  The paper, ribbon, pictures, and chocolate coins I already had at home.  All I had to do was come up with the cash.
I cut two envelopes from each 12"x12" page.  I had to make the smaller long-side flap a little smaller to make the large template fit twice on each page.

Once the envelopes where cut and glued (instructions can be found here) they were ready to fill with all sorts of goodies.  I sealed each one with a cat sticker (what else).  Hopefully she will really enjoy the prolonged process of opening up each of the ten envelopes to discover the treasures hidden inside

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  1. Your idea of the envelopes with varied goodies inside each is a fantastic idea! Each is pretty from the paper you used as is the ribbon holding them all together.
    I've used confetti in cards before too, it's fun and adds a touch of sparkle.

  2. What a fun and awesome gift! I know she will enjoy it very much.

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  4. Such a great gift idea. I'm sure it will be a favorite memory for your niece.

  5. Great gift unique and it's like many presents in one! I am so sick of giving the gift cards. I am pinning this one to my party board!

  6. This a lovely idea for birthday presents. It would be easy to change the contents to match the recipient. I'm sure your niece loves it.

  7. I love it! What a wonderful idea. I always find teens so hard to shop for - unless of course I want to buy them a video game machine or a smartphone - which I don't : )

  8. You are certainly a thoughtful aunt. It's the gift that keep on giving. Your gift certainly will be one that is remembered for quite a long time.

  9. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  10. What a wonderful idea. Wonderful to have your creativity sparked.

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  11. This looks like such a fun birthday gift - what a very clever idea! I am delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,

  12. Cute idea! Thank you for joining HSH!


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