Adaptation House is about sourcing and adjusting all the little things that make home life happy abroad. This is just one of those tiny things, but it gives me a big smile and you might find it useful too.
I love giving a beautifully packaged gift! It’s something that never occurred to me might be an American cultural thing, and as such not readily available elsewhere. But gift boxes and wrapping paper of the sort I like are nearly impossible to get my hands on here. Enter the gift box punch board – a silly little tool I asked for from M for my birthday on a whim. It has paid for itself! I can make useful little containers out of any paper extras I manage to scrounge up: odd bits of patterned paper and even some leftover chip board from shipping supplies get punched, trimmed, and folded into sturdy boxes that look nice and are fun to open. Boom. Gift-giving, adaptified.
Large box above made from Paper Source fine paper, similar here, $6.50 per 20″ x 30″ sheet
You can buy the Gift Box Punch Board on papersource.com for $21.50 like I did, or take advantage of your Prime membership and pick one up on Amazon for $16.42 .
Though I love making things, I’m not a craft blogger. So if you are not the craft tool type, consider ordering some wrapping stock ahead of time from CurrentCatalog.com. The word on the street in the FS community is that they have good, inexpensive wrapping paper, with cheapest shipping around – which is why they have a spot on my Where to Shop resources page. That sounds like a small thing, but ordering wrapping paper from places like Target.com or even Amazon can be really pricey (because of the shape, I guess?). Current Catalog also has frequent sales and coupon codes, so if you plan ahead you can get an even better deal.
Above, Black Flowers Jumbo Rolled Gift Wrap, $7.99 for 23″ x 38″ (72 square feet), Festive Tree Jumbo Rolled Gift Wrap, SALE $5.49 for 23″ x 38″ (72 square feet), & classic Plain Kraft Jumbo Roll, $8.99 for 23″ x 38″ (72 square feet).
How do you present gifts wherever you are? Do you have another pouch and pocket-friendly online resource to share?