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Posted 11/5/2012 by looser in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 11/5/2012 1:49:26 PM
These days gift cards are an easy solution to the problem of deciding what to give when you don't really know what to buy someone.

The commecial Card Industry has been offering cards & holders for several years now.

That said, I already have some angst over going the GC route as opposed to actually buying or making a specific gift for a specific person.

While the buying a 'specific' something is unlikely to change for me, I can do something about the 'making' aspect.

In that spirit I'd like to hear how you would do (or have done) projects that not only hold a GC, but also work as 'stand alone' gifts.

If you have examples to share--your own or others--that's great, but not a 'must'.

Let the sharing begin!


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Posted: 11/5/2012 3:54:34 PM
I have had a lot of ideas about this that I have been wanting to try in the next month for Christmas gifts. I also like the idea of making a nice gift card holder if that is what you are giving. I am more in the camp of wanting to choose a gift, but I do also give giftcards.

The first is stamping on tissue paper and then applying to a candle like in this video: http://stamptv.ning.com/video/stamping-on-candles-part-1

The Swap Hanging Ruby Rubbler gave me would be an awesome gift! : http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/gallery/member/457452-rubyrubbler/1856276-hanging-autmn-card-for-heidi/

I would also really love to make some stamped paper ornaments.

I had been thinking a "for fun" challenge might be appropriate to move us along and share our holiday gift making.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 11/6/2012 10:23:02 AM
TFS, Heidi! I love the idea of doing a 'JFF' (just-for-fun) challenge using 'made' GC holders for the challenge!

Like you, I have several ideas for holders. No surprise that several are 'non card' & 'non paper', but that's how I roll.

For instance... I could create a hangable (love Ruby's). It could be a tree ornament or suncatcher or whatever. It would hold the GC, but still look complete when the gift card is removed. I'm thinking craftfoam or metal as the material.

And another great thing about the idea of making GC holders as gifts (in their own right) is it's not limited to Holidays--would work for birthdays, graduations, bridal, etc.



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Posted: 11/6/2012 2:40:30 PM
I'm with some of you. I kind of feel like gift cards can be a cop out of sorts. But then, I think the receivers are happy! Also, it can allow me to spend a little more, because I'm not spending so darn much on postage!
I exchange a small gift with two of my cousins, when they are in town for Christmas. They both live in studio apartments. They seemed thrilled when I gave them Starbucks gift cards. They'd rather have consumables than something they have to find a place for in their small homes.

These holders weren't gifts in themselves really, but they received an enthusiastic response : Starbucks was out of gift card holders one Christmas so I asked for "to go" cups. I filled the cups with the gc,candy and some paper shred, decorated the outside of the cup and put a big bow on top of the plastic lid. Tada! They were a hit! Another time I used Basic Grey punch out boxes, looked like Chinese take-out boxes, but made with Christmas prints. Some curling ribbon and a tag on the handle and they were ready for giving.

I'd love some ideas for this year!


Cindi



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Posted: 11/7/2012 10:23:13 AM
LOL, Cindi! I love working with containers! TFS!



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Posted: 11/7/2012 12:04:21 PM
For gifts that you will be personally delivering, attach the gift card to a stake and insert that stake in a flower arrangement or plant. I've also put the card in a small box and attached the box to the stake and inserted into the pot.


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Posted: 11/8/2012 12:00:19 AM
Cute ideas! Sorry, I don't have any to add...


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Posted: 11/8/2012 1:35:26 PM
Here is a gift card holder tag from the gallery. Could be added to just about anything:
http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/gallery/member/248312-ddobson/1870545--for-you-gift-card-holder/


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 11/9/2012 8:25:10 AM
TFS, Heidi. I like 'pocket' cards/tags & this is a nice example.

For purposes of this thread's topic, I could see creating an additional 'something' to put in the pocket after the GC is removed. Then the pocket tag could hang as a decoration. That gives me an idea. Thanks!


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Posted: 11/9/2012 10:35:20 AM
Gift card holders as a Christmas ornament or bookmark

Here are some ideas at this link:
Better Homes and Gardens


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Posted: 11/10/2012 10:58:18 AM
Good link, Heidi! TFS. There's lots of ideas that would adapt to your challenge!


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Posted: 11/10/2012 11:31:51 PM
That's a great link, Heidi! So many fantastic ideas!

I was going to keep my idea for the challenge "secret", but then I thought it was a bit rude, since everyone else has contributed all these great ideas....

I'm (hopefully) going to make a mini-book, with the gift card in a pocket in the back cover.


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Posted: 11/11/2012 7:44:28 AM
I am really liking this thread and the responses. I will be following and hope to soon have something to add - I prefer gift giving, but I do give gift cards for ITunes and the like.

Will be thinking and looking around.

Thanks for the thread.

One idea came to me - find the smallest little brown bags with handles that would fit the gift card and decorate it. Or decorate the little bag and put it on a card envelope and put the gift card inside. Something along those lines. For those of us who recycle - then tag could then we removed and used on a card.



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Posted: 11/11/2012 7:44:59 AM
I am really liking this thread and the responses. I will be following and hope to soon have something to add - I prefer gift giving, but I do give gift cards for ITunes and the like.

Will be thinking and looking around.

Thanks for the thread.

One idea came to me - find the smallest little brown bags with handles that would fit the gift card and decorate it. Or decorate the little bag and put it on a card envelope and put the gift card inside. Something along those lines. For those of us who recycle - then tag could then we removed and used on a card.



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Posted: 11/17/2012 5:23:09 PM
Have you ever seen those hollowed out books that are keepsake holders? That's a good one. Here's a tutorial:
Whiff of Joy Book Box Tutorial

Here's a slightly different tutorial where the inside hollowed out part is a shape:
Live Love Scrap Book Box Tutorial

You could also dress up any of the paper mache or raw wooden storage boxes from the dollar store or craft stores.

AND, (not paper related) I saw the coolest toolbox tutorial from mint tins. You might fit a gift card in there if you use the right size of tin:
Altoid Tin Tool Box



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Posted: 11/17/2012 9:33:02 PM
LOL! I love those altoid "toolbox"!!! So cute!

Thanks for sharing those links Scrapninny--I enjoyed seeing them!


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Posted: 11/18/2012 9:44:44 AM
I'm working on a matchbook cover gift card holder right now, actually! I'll share it when it's done. And I for one, LOVE getting gift cards. As a stay at home mom, escaping to go shopping with FREE money (guilt free!) is actually a HUGE treat!!!


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Posted: 11/18/2012 10:25:33 AM
A few years ago, I created altered CDs and on the back, I made a small envelope that held the gift card. The recipients used the CDs as home decor items - one even mounted it onto her laundry room cabinet.

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Posted: 11/19/2012 11:07:26 PM
Last year I used my Pampered Chef can opener, which is one that cuts around the edge of the can instead of into the top. I opened a Chunky soup can from the bottom, ate the soup, cleaned the can and added the gift card inside. Super glue the bottom back on and the recipient had to open the can to get his gift!

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Posted: 11/20/2012 1:59:58 AM
Lol, that's such a cool idea!


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Posted: 11/20/2012 11:15:55 AM
Such fun to see so many great ideas from all--especially posters I've not 'met' before!

Ipeitz! I love your canned cardholder suggestion. I've bee thinking I want one of those type can openers for just sort of crafting.




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Posted: 11/21/2012 11:15:42 AM
I love this gift card holder and have made several. It only needs one sheet of double sided scrap book paper. Fold, snip, glue and you end up with two diagonal pockets - one for the card itself and one for a tag or note from you. I use these instructions for mine. You can see the last one I did on my 2peas gallery I think.
Diagonal Pocket card

or this cute one in a jar, which I haven't tried, but want to, from the Scrappy Jedi's blog - with holiday papers how cute would that be --
Mason Jar gift card holder
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