I was walking through the party aisles of Wal-Mart the other day, picking up some stuff for our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party (of which this will be the third, thank you very much), when I breezed by the candy-making stuff. Then I hit the brakes and reversed (beep beep beep). This is because the candy boxes caught my eye. Now, I love something that is clean with sharp lines. I love a blank canvas that I can cover and fill. And that is what those candy boxes spoke to me: “Buy me! Fold me! Decorate me! Fill me!” I also love a good DIY project, and I love giving homemade gifts. I also love candy.
Do you see how all of this is adding up?
In the end, I decided that I was going to put together some homemade candy boxes and give those away as our “collective” Christmas gift. One year we did homemade blueberry syrup. One year we did cake pops. Everyone always expresses a lot of excitement and gratitude. They could be lying, it’s true, but everyone loves something delicious, so I’m thinking the gestures are genuine. It’s true that you could pass out funky pairs of socks, which I might do next year, or key-chains or five dollar gift cards to Starbucks (dang, all of those are really good ideas). But What I’m trying to say is that everyone can use something you eat, and it’s a relief to get a gift that you don’t have to be fake about or sell at a garage sale the following summer. Not to mention it warms people’s hearts to think about how they were your muse.
Anyway, I decided to decoupage some of the candy boxes, themed according to each individual. I solicited magazines from my friends and the dollar store, and shamelessly took one from the dentist’s office. In the end, I had enough Star Wars, celebrity, and puppy pictures to cover a few, and plenty of words to boot. For some people I bought tins and turned the top into an emoji face by using cardstock. For others I dipped into my rather excessive stash of Washi tape. But hey, that’s what Washi tape is for, right?
I made some delicious goodies, stuffed the containers with the treats, and not only did my giftees have awesome, homemade candies they also had an awesome, homemade container that they could then use to store jewelry, keepsakes, change… or even throw out, if they should feel so inclined.
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