Gift Cards are a great way to give a gift to someone when you don’t know specifically what he or she would like for a gift. Think iTunes gift cards when your taste runs to classical and his taste runs to heavy metal.
Especially in this economy, when I need to buy a gift for someone who (1) wouldn’t necessarily appreciate a set of hand made stationery and (2) is not someone I know really well, I certainly don’t want to risk spending money on something that will not be used or, worse, thrown away!
In this case, there are three elementary school students (5th and 6th graders) who serve with me and a half dozen other adults on our local school’s Community Council (a state-mandated group). These three young ladies have been very conscientious about their attendance at and participation in the Council’s meetings. (Note that, at their age, I would have been bored to tears and would probably have used the time to catch up on my sleep!) So the adults on the Council have purchased gift cards to a store where they can stock up on school supplies.
Here are the cards that I made to hold the three gift cards. The cards can be made as simple or as fancy as you’d like. For these, I used Glorious Green Card Stock as the base for the card, with Real Red Patterns Paper from the Level 1 Hostess set in the Fall/Winter 2008 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog. I added Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109034) and a greeting from another Level 1 Hostess Set, Best Yet (can you tell I’ve been doing my job for the economy by buying lots of Stampin’ Up! supplies???). The two ovals are punched using the Large Oval Punch (107305) and the Wide Oval Punch (112082).
Here are the instructions for making the gift card holders, along with some ideas for decorating them. I hope that you enjoy making and using them this Christmas! And if you need some of the supplies for making and decorating them, you can order them from Stampin’ Up! any time, 24/7. Just click on the"Shop Now" button! Or call (808.854.6145) or e-mail and I’ll be glad to help you with ordering supplies or with making the Gift Card Holders!