BOXES...I am attracted to all sorts of boxes. I put them to use. I get excited about unusual boxes. I have become the "Box Lady" at the school where I work. I made it known that I collect cardboard boxes for my eBay business and now people bring me boxes. It's great because I have yet to buy a box for shipping my items and it helps me follow my green tenet.
Like Erma Bombeck's mother I too have boxes from way back. Never do I let one go into the recycle bin if it is still useable. Some get used and reused over and over again. Of course, I am able to do this because I have a basement, creepy as it is, devoted to storage. You gotta love a good sturdy box (and a basement that frightens children)!
My real passion are unique, attractive boxes, old and new, large and small, pretty and just plain weird. I often find them at estate, garage sales and thrift stores. When the price is right (cheap) I always buy them. And now in the age of gift cards they eventually come in handy and I like to have an array to choose from so the box suits the recipient. Just giving a lone gift card seems so cold and unimaginative. Even placed in a greeting card it doesn't have the punch or thought of giving it in a personally selected box.
Sometimes I want to give only the box but without something IN the box it's rather anti-climatic. "Oh, thanks...nice box." So that's when I use quotes to fill the box. (See blog about Quotes and quote page here for your use, if you wish.) The box is the main gift but filled with thoughts, inspiration and wishes it becomes a REAL gift.
As the holiday is upon us (nearly suffocating us it seems) and we turn to gift cards for a great deal of our gift giving, remember the box in all it's forms...humble to elegant...new or used. Gift cards will come and go. By the time some get around to using them it may be six months from now and they will struggle to remember who gave it to them...BUT...the box will remain as a reminder of the giver and the thought that was put into the gift.
Another reminder, as a small business owner myself, I encourage all of us to BUY LOCALLY whenever possible. Besides offering top notch products and services, smaller merchants sell gift cards. In addition, they could really use the business and the money stays and circulates within our communities.