I am always looking for more creative gift ideas. I pride myself on good gift giving, and most of the time it is the presentation that matters most. Even if you want to give a friend cash or a gift card, there are creative ways to wrap these things. It is even better when the presentation or package corresponds with the gift itself. Most of the time, it really is the thought that counts. Make your gifts more valuable using these creative gift ideas:

Oven Mit Gift Bag

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This is one of my favorite ways of wrapping gifts–the gift and the wrap all in one! For kitchen items consider using the oven mitt as a gift bag and tying the ribbon around it as the final touch. You can put spoons, whisks, a kitchen timer, cookie cutters, an apron, or any other things you can think of in the mitt! This gift is very cute for a new homeowner or college graduate to get their kitchen up and running with a few personal items.

Gifts in a Jar

creative gift ideas

A big mason jar is the perfect alternative for a gift box. Not only can the jar be reused for other purposes, but it gives a cute view of the gift inside and a vintage look. Mason jars are especially good for food items or body items like lotions, bath soups, and things like that.

Housewarming Bucket

creative gift ideas

A housewarming bucket is perfect for a new (especially male) homeowner. It is more industrial looking than a girly gift bag and you can easily put heavier items like hammer, tool sets, extension cords, etc. in the bucket. Best part, he’ll be able to use the bucket too!

Chocolate Box of Cash

creative gift ideas

Don’t feel guilty about giving cash! Replace chocolate with cash in small bills and coins. You can also place other small trinkets in the box with the cash to make it more fun for kids. To make it more personal, use gift cards to your recipient’s favorite place.

Muffins in an Egg Carton

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I fel in love with this gift design. Mini muffins in an egg carton! This is a great (and green) way to recycle old egg cartons. To make the packaging more appealing you just need to cover it with some kind of decorative paper and tie twine around it with a gift tag.

Pie in a Jar

creative gift ideas

Pie in a jar, or maybe you all have seen hot cocoa in a jar, is a small gift for the holidays. These gifts can easily be prepared in bulk for teachers, friends, or employees.