Our local toy store offers complimentary gift wrapping, which is nice and one of the many reasons I like to shop locally, but I always found myself spending a couple of extra bucks on gift cards.
That annoyed me.
Paying that much for a little square of paper felt like a ripoff, but I usually paid up. It was that or scribble the birthday child's name unceremoniously on the wrapping paper.
Not very festive, I'm afraid.
I considered buying stickers for the gifts, but the ones I like were too expensive. So I went to my favorite cheap printers looking for a way to make stickers when I saw how ridiculously inexpensive it was to make bookmarks. And then it hit me: Bookmarks as gift tags! Perfect for kids who are sentimental (like one of mine is) because the birthday child can keep it as a memento. And if you're giving a book (which we often do) what could be more perfect?
Nothing, that's what.
So I made custom bookmarks with stock illustrations to represent our sons plus the inscription "To: (blank) With Love, The (your last name) Family." You could use a family photo instead. We can't get a decent photo with all of us, but maybe your kids are more cooperative than mine.
The end result is super cute, and thanks to a coupon I spent about $8 for 100 bookmarks. They should last through the end of the school year.
I intended for these to be used for children's gifts, but I've been known to tie these around the odd wine bottle. No one seems to mind.