How to Wrap Gifts for Teens

December 16th, 2008 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Beautimous! A coffee cup from Caribou Coffee (thanks for the great color choice!), crafty flowers, ribbon, and some bling from the scrapbooking section.
My daughter, Elizabeth is a vegan, but she does have a couple of vices. Soy Chai Latte from Caribou Coffee (cups) and frozen coke (plastic tops) from Burger King. We cant be good all of the time! Shhh....dont tell Santa. The combination of these two gotta haves during finals provided us the inspiration for this wrap-it-up project.
Yeppers theres usually more than one waiting at home for a treat so I own my fair share of hany-dandy carrying cases. The cases are a great way to tote more than a handful of packages.
The schtuff. We didnt end up using the vintage angels. Apparently they were just on board for guidance.
Ribbon up the carrying case to make it worthy of carrying the oh so pretty packages.
Is there really anything like the power of girlfriends? Libby, Lisa, Maddy, Maren, and Corrie have been Es friends since they were 4. One good friend is missing from this  coffee clutch. Sophie and E  do a separate exchane. Those gifts will be wrapped in vintage Cheetah print. Im on the prowl.
Put some flowers from the  craft store together and glue them on.
Place them over the seam in the ribbon.
You know this messy game from your lower school days...the old glue and glitter.
Pretty little vellum tags with just the right amount of bling!
OK, guy members I know this a bit girly, but you could wrap something up like this for a special gal pal in your life. Mom would be so proud of you.
Peace and bling...Whitney out!
Beautimous! A coffee cup from Caribou Coffee (thanks for the great color choice!), crafty flowers, ribbon, and some bling from the scrapbooking section.

Beautimous! A coffee cup from Caribou Coffee (thanks for the great color choice!), crafty flowers, ribbon, and some bling from the scrapbooking section.


I just love this time of year, don't you? It seems like even true garbage like disposable coffee cups and frozen coke tops from Burger King seem to glisten like the new fallen snow. It is truly delightful when you can craft something that will tickle the fancy of a teen out of virtually nothing. Not only will they beam like teen stars on the red carpet when they recieve their gifts, but they will also recognize the signifigance of the wrapping. I am so proud of my daughter and her friends. They know far more about their eco-footprints than I ever did at their age. In fact, I didn't even know I had one! In other words, they get it. The best part for me is that Elizabeth is actually proud of her dumpster-diving Mom. This wrap job is brought to you by Elizabeth P. Whitney with a little help from her Mom. What's inside the packages? Mums the word, but it is somthing the recipients get to make themselves.

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Comments (8)

MyPetiteMaison writes: This is a great project. I'm going to try this with my daughter, but we're going to do one for a New Year's Eve gift. I especially like the vintage bling added and we'll do that since we've got a few little vintage rhinestone pieces tucked away and would perfect for this.

Isn't it great now that now resalvaging, antiquing, loving vintage items... all our loves is now the "in" thing. We were ahead of our time!

Can't wait to start this project.
~Tracie Posted: 3:55 pm on December 23rd
CottageElements writes: Great idea! I wish my daughter loved coffee and glittery things. She always tells me, "Mom, I'm not a girly girl". Breaks my heart! LOL! She doesn't even like to go shopping! Go figure . . .

Lanette Posted: 8:05 am on December 17th
misselaineous writes: That wrap idea is so darn cute! My sweet Mom used to say something about turning a sow's ear into a silk purse...and I think I finally understand that the best way! Almost...I said almost ;}...makes me wish I had a teenaged daughter! Merry Christmas, Sue! *elaine* Posted: 7:07 am on December 17th
NebraskaJunker writes: Sue, I love this idea. Teens are always tricky to shop for. This is such a great idea. I love it! I like the ideas for what can go inside. So many possibilities. Great idea for coffee loving friends also! Thanks for the inspirations! Posted: 11:28 pm on December 16th
MimiToria writes: Awesome Elizabeth and Sue. You two are a great team. How fun is this! It inspires me to do something like this for Emily's friends. How about a gift card for Caribou and other goodies inside for her friends, so next time they go to a movie they can walk over to Caribou after for a treat?
You've just created more work for me before I go on vacation, Sue. lol My brain is spinning! Posted: 1:33 pm on December 16th
suewhitney writes: OK, I'll fess up.I guess E's friends won't be reading the site. We gave them a recipe and some of the fixin's for vegan chai latte. I couldn't put the almond milk in the package! There is also some excellent dark chocolate.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 12:29 pm on December 16th
CottageElements writes: Looks like your daughter is following in your footsteps! Very inventive and creative. I'd love to know what's inside!

Lani Posted: 11:38 am on December 16th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: It amazes me how pretty you both made disposable containers! That is just too cute! (I hear Elizabeth on the frozen Coke thing too.)

Two of my daughters are named Elisabeth and Maddy. I hope they have longtime girlfriends like Elizabeth has.

Great post!

Posted: 8:32 am on December 16th
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