Gifting Goodwill: A Fun Packaging DIY
By Melissa Massello for Austin Goodwill
When Vogue touts the virtues of re-gifting, as they did in this month’s holiday issue, you know that being resourceful, eco-friendly, and thrifty has officially gone mainstream. I know I, for one, will be gifting several items that I scored at Austin Goodwill stores this year to friends and family, and I know they’re going to be absolutely thrilled with their new treasures!
The key to giving secondhand items, regardless of whether they’re new-with-tags (NWT), mint-vintage-condition, or have a little antiqued patina to them, is to make sure they’re perfectly clean, presentable, and packaged in fun ways.
For years, I’ve been meaning to share this simple DIY for packaging thrift store finds as gifts, and it’s an easy and elegant one – using fashion magazine perfume tear-outs as upcycled nesting, adding a pretty scent to your box and masking any potential mustiness, whether from the store or lying in wait in the back of someone’s closet.
First, tear out 3-5 perfume ads from a women’s magazine, then either run them through a paper shredder or cut into small strips using a pair of scissors to create “nesting” paper. Second, line a cardboard gift box with tissue paper – I chose a metallic gold – and fill with the nesting paper. Position the gift in the middle of the box and add more nesting paper, if necessary, to secure in the box without too much shifting in transit. My favorite upcycled gift wrap is this kraft paper and VHS ribbon idea that I used for all our presents a few holiday seasons ago - a huge hit!
Inside two of the gift boxes I'll be giving this holiday season are a new-with-tags J. Crew silver wool scarf that I found at the 10th & Lamar store for $3.99, and a sealed-in-its-original-packaging DIY Butter Kit from Williams-Sonoma that I found for $1.99 at the Lake Austin Boulevard store. Beat that, Black Friday!
Are you giving any gifts that you got from Goodwill this year? Why or why not? What are you giving? We’d love to hear from you!