Whether or not you've started your holiday shopping, gift boxes are always good to have on hand. Here are 10 places we keep in mind for basic boxes that can be wrapped with just a ribbon and, after they're opened, repurposed as organizers.
- IKEA: They've got some nice small storage boxes, including holiday-ish tins that could still be put to use after the season is over. Shown: Tripp Storage Tins, $8 for a set.
- MUJI: This Japanese store has some super-basic, very functional boxes and pouches made of plastic and neoprene. Shown: Neoprene Round Case in Pink, $6.95.
- SAVE ON CRAFTS: This web shop has very affordable prices and sells their boxes and baskets either individually or in bulk. Shown: Kraft Hat Boxes, $7 for a set.
- KATE'S PAPERIE: This stationery store has some very pretty reusable boxes in solid colors as well as patterns. Shown: Mini Suitcases, $10.
- CONTAINER STORE: Every holiday, they expand their gift wrap section and stock a huge variety of boxes, including some heavier ones that can be reused later as organizers. Shown: Premium Gift Boxes, starting at $3.99.
- PEARL RIVER MART: This New York store carries affordable lacquer, bamboo, and bento boxes that are great for gifts. Shown: Matchstick Bamboo Boxes, $2.50 - $3.50.
- JAM PAPER: An office supply company with a huge online inventory, they list their boxes by color. Shown: Burgundy Alligator Nesting Boxes, $12.50/set.
- MICHAEL'S: They carry the Martha Stewart craft collection as well as some basic, simple storage collections. Shown: Photo and Craft Storage Boxes, various prices.
- SPECIALTY BOTTLE: This web shop has a large selection of inexpensive tins and jars that work well for food gifts. Shown: Slipcover Tins, starting at 25 cents apiece.
- AMERICAN SCIENCE & SURPLUS: This Chicago and online shop has all kinds of labware, as well as specialized plastic bottles and boxes that could work for unusual gifts. Shown: Peekaboo Canisters, $7.95.
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