Sometimes gift cards get a bad rap, but they're often the very best present you can give. Whether there's someone on your list in college struggling to afford groceries, someone saving up for a sofa, or someone whose favorite sport is getting the most points and samples from Sephora possible, a gift card will be incredibly appreciated. And if buying gift cards is the maximum holiday shopping you're up for, don't feel like you're giving a lesser gift! You're doing great. If you DO decide you'd like to spruce your gift cards up a wee bit, these 10 ideas will help them shine.
DIY Gift Card Mini Wreath (above) by Homey Oh My
These are delightfully minimal, and they'll make great decor until the time comes to give them away . Homey Oh My has a step-by-step tutorial to make this card using greenery like fresh myrtle.
DIY Ugly Sweater Gift Wrap by Handmade Charlotte
Just IMAGINE how cute a little pile of these sweaters will look together! It's too much. Make the ugliest sweaters you can imagine or attempt to replicate the worst/best ones you've seen in real life.
Gift Card Snow Globe by A Beautiful Mess
There's a chance that the recipient will be so charmed by this snow globe that they'll neglect to notice the gift card itself! This is absurdly cute.
A Clever New Way to Wrap Gift Cards by DIY Network
Doilies are the perfect wrapping material for winter gifts because they're SNOWY! And cheap. Use the same backing paper and ribbon for all gifts, or create a beautiful complementary holiday palette.
Magic Gift Card Holder by At Charlotte's House
These flippy-open card cases are made with hardware store staples: peel-n-stick floor tiles, roof flashing, and spray paints. The faux marble with stick-on letters is particularly fetching.
DIY Cassette Tape Gift Wrap by Handmade Charlotte
A pile of these would be totally cute, too. You could make holiday-themed labels, as shown, or make up mix tape titles you know each recipient would enjoy.
Pom Pom DIY Gift Card Wrapping by Paper & Stitch for Maurice's
Everything should be adorned with pom poms, year-round. They can be repurposed as ornaments, hair accessories, or ice skate flair.
DIY Double Mason Jar Gift Card + Candy Holder by Something Turquoise
This is four gifts in one: two mason jars, one gift card, and a bunch of candy! Make a bunch, and if you end up not using them, just disassemble and use the jars, eat the candy, and spend the gift card.
DIY Gift Card Maze Printable by Hello Splendid
Is there someone on your gift list who likes puns, mazes, and . . . nothing else? Make them this playful card and let them know you like and/or love them, pickiness and all.
Santa Gift Card Bag by Pink Peppermint Design
This DIY is perfect for kids—add some holiday whimsy to the GameStop/iTunes gift card they've been begging for.