Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String

This one, I thought, was going to be a toughie. But alas, I’ve managed to round up a few reallllly cute gift ideas all on the general theme of mail and brown paper packages, as we continue on our quest to find gift ideas tied into the classic tune, My Favourite Things.

Worlds Tiniest Package

Thoughtful Gifts in Tiny Packages – $11 @ Leafcutter designs (+$7 shipping)
If, like me, you simply squee in delight at the prospect of all things tiny, then you’ll definitely get a kick out of this first idea. Choose from one of sixteen pre-spec’d mini messages & prizes – like ‘You put a bounce in my step’ to be delivered alongside a rubber ball, or a tiny pear ornament with a sweet congratulatory message ‘You two are a perfect pair’ – or create your own combo. The wizards at Leafcutter Designs will take craft your custom package and mail it out to the special someone of your choosing. Not only will they get ‘fun’ mail, they’ll get gosh darn ‘cute’ mail. Who knew such a thing existed?

Postal Clutches ModCloth
Through The Post Clutch ($29.99) & Keep You Posted Wallet ($37.99) @ ModCloth
Sure it’s not ‘brown paper packages’ per se, but given that I’m only trying to channel the general vibe of the lyric – hello romantic snail mail – I felt these beautiful little bags were completely apropos. Both bags are by design outfit Disaster Designs, and both harken back to a simpler, sweeter time when it was commonplace to get lightly scented love letters or desperate bids via the mailbox. Go for a slightly girlier, gentle take with the pretty Through The Post clutch for a night out with the girls, or show off your globetrotter sense of style when you haul out this slightly Parisian wallet to pay for those cosmos.

Hand Printed Gift Wrap

Handprinted Gift Wrap – $3.95 @ Handmade and Heritage
And the literal take again. I love the idea of one-of-a-kind wrapping paper, the type that speaks to your giftee’s persona. Talented artist Amiee Bowker actually sells a dozen varieties, each featuring a different animal motif for a truly rustic, artisanal feel. Use it to wrap up a box of your best friend’s favourite gourmet treats from the Farmer’s Market, or to deliver a box of cookies to a friend that’s under the weather. See if you can save the paper and frame it for an abstract tiled print.

MyStamp Custom Postal Stamp

Custom Return Address Stamp – $31.67 @ MyStamp
Truth be told there are dozens of custom return address stamp makers on Etsy, just do a search for ’em. I was drawn to the simplicity of this one because it also reminded me of a vintage postmark. What’s particularly cool about this one is it’s already prefilled with ink, meaning you can (with proper care) get thousands of imprints before needing to replace it. When is this a perfect gift? For your newly engaged pals that’ll soon be sending out invites and thank you cards galore, for your crafty scrapbooking mom that loves to send out her own handmade greeting cards at Christmas and other holidays, or simply for that friend that’s picked up a beautiful set of stationery and needs a perfect bit of polish to finish things off.

Brown Paper Party Bags

Brown Paper Party Bags (set of 10) – $10.67 @ Not On The High Street
A package can most certainly be the thing you walk away with when attending a fete for a friend – after all, who doesn’t love a goodie bag? If you’re throwing a shower with a DIY theme or a kid’s birthday party, go old school with these petite snack sacks, accented with a grosgrain ribbon and a gift tag (both of which are available through the same seller). Leave some crayons or markers out so guests can decorate their bag beforehand, and let them stock up from a candy bar or trinket box for a 2-in-1 activity.

My gift to you today? The chance to win 1 of 2 Tiny Packages for you (or someone you love) sent anywhere in the world. To enter:

1) Leave a comment by April 1st with your favourite ‘Brown Paper Packages’ gift idea featured in this post.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around April 1st to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: The Leafcutter Designs FB Page & Twitter feed are amazing sources for DIY inspiration and craftiness. Like ’em both, leave a comment / send a Tweet, and leave a comment back here linking to your Tweet / Comment (and / or include your username) to earn two bonus entries. 

53 Responses to “Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String”
  1. Julie G. says:

    I like the Hand Printed Giftwrap – very neat idea!

  2. Annie Demill says:

    I love the ‘Thoughtful Gifts in Tiny Packages” Liked and following on twitter. fb Annie Demill, twitter @anniebalanie (Ann Demill)

  3. cookie3 says:

    I like the thoughful gifts in tiny packages. Great idea.

  4. diane p says:

    Love them all, especially the custom return address stamp.

  5. Erin says:

    I really love the personalized return address stamp!

  6. Leah says:

    I like the keep you posted wallet

  7. nikki robak says:

    through the post clutch is my favorite

  8. LOVE the handprinted gift wrap. I have a thing for owls.

  9. mousecat says:

    My favourite one from your list is the Custom Return Address Stamp. Love it!!

  10. linnett says:

    Through the post clutch is my fav, thanks

  11. leah leitch says:

    I’ve always been a paper freak! Would love to wrap my next gift in the handprinted wrapping paper. Liked and commented on FB. 🙂

  12. Joan G says:

    The Handprinted Gift Wrap is truly artwork.

  13. Oh my goodness! Love the ModCloth pretty clutch and wallet, so original!

  14. KellyPC says:

    I’m totally going to pick up one (maybe both) of the ModCloth goodies! Love them & the Tiny Packages are just adorable! Love the Cute as a Button & the Where Would I be Without You designs!!

  15. Jessica says:

    i really like The Tiny Packages

  16. Louise says:

    I like the Keep You Posted Wallet

  17. carrieinsk says:

    I would love the Custom Return Address Stamp for when I do my homemade, scrapbook Christmas and birthday cards! Thank you!

  18. Patricia says:

    Really like the Handprinted Gift Wrap

  19. Amy Heffernan says:

    Love the custom return stamp.

  20. cottagebunny says:

    I like the keep you posted clutch.THX

  21. Cindy says:

    I really like the custom return address stamp. What a great idea! So creative!

  22. Lori says:

    Keep You Posted Wallet ($37.99) @ ModCloth

  23. michelle tremblett says:

    love the “keep you posted wallet” but it was hard to choose, all so cute !!

  24. Tyler McEwan says:

    While the return address stamp seems to be the longest lasting item, I just don’t send mail much any more. That said, the Thoughtful Gifts in Tiny Packages, could be a long lasting (brownie points) item too!

  25. Susan says:

    I love all the ideas but have to say my favourite is the Through the Post clutch from modcloth! Super cute!

  26. Betty S says:

    I love “Thoughtful Gifts in Tiny Packages “. these are so adorable

  27. Hannah says:

    The postal wallet & clutch are both adorbs.

  28. lisa bolduc says:

    i think the Custom Return Address Stamp would be a great house warming present too!

  29. thomas rusinak says:

    the hand printed gift wrap is really nice!

  30. butler says:

    i really like the tiny packages

  31. Ashley M says:

    Through the post clutch – it’s so cute!

  32. I love the postal wallet & clutch

  33. patricia says:

    love the tiny packages

  34. intensev5 says:

    I love the Keep You Posted Wallet

  35. Jaime Brown says:

    Those tiny packages are so cute, thank you:)

  36. RaeDavenport says:

    I like the return address stamp. That’s useful.

  37. Carol Oddy says:

    I liked the post cluth and keep you posted wallet, very different and practical. Thank you for this contest!!

  38. Carol Oddy says:

    Entered on facebook and twitter, facebook and twitter id is jazzy005 liked both.

  39. Burcu says:

    I love Brown Paper Party Bags

  40. lucy says:

    I like the the posted wallet.

  41. Sara says:

    Love the address stamp, and the tiny packages!

  42. I love the handprinted gift wrap

  43. Marilyn Rowe says:

    I really like the handpainted gift wrap!!

  44. sarah p says:

    I think the handprinted gift wrap is really pretty! 🙂

  45. nicolthepickle says:

    I think the Top is the cutest idea ever!

  46. Sharon Gagne says:

    I love everything about this idea. I love minatures.

  47. Love the custom return address stamp!

  48. Alison K says:

    My favourite ‘Brown Paper Packages’ gift idea featured in this post is the “Thoughtful Gifts in Tiny Packages – $11 @ Leafcutter designs (+$7 shipping)”. So adorable, luv it!

    Bonus Twitter:

  49. aimee says:

    love the owl gift wrap

  50. angela mitchell says:

    I love the Through The Post Clutch & Keep You Posted Wallet. Really unique!

  51. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    What wonderful ideas they have. I really like the Custom Return Address Stamp, that is so cool.

  52. Heather A says:

    Keep You Posted wallet. Pretty cool!

  53. Karen Morine says:

    The hand printed gift wrap is lovely!

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