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Updated: 2019-09-16 Views: 85

Still not sure what to give a friend or family member this Christmas? Grab them a voucher and wrap it in one of these eight creative ways

One of the certainties of Christmas is that you’ll either give or receive at least one voucher. This year, rather than presenting your loved one with a standard envelope or card, try one of our eight creative ways to wrap and present a gift card. These simple ideas can be used all year round and will make receiving a practical token just that little bit more magical.

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With scarves currently trending and some gorgeous versions readily available in shops, give the fashionista in your life a gift voucher wrapped in a beautiful scarf. Find a small box and place your voucher inside. Fold the scarf into a triangle shape and place the box in the middle. Fold the bottom, pointy end up over the box, bring the top side down, then fold the two outer ends towards each together and tie in a knot to secure.

Shop the lookSoho satin scarves, $9.95 each, from Cotton On.

If you like to make your own crackers and are also planning on giving someone a gift vouchercustomized gifts for men, then combine the two by using a DIY cracker kit large enough to fit a voucher inside. Add a few sweets or chocolates as an extra treat and don’t forget a nice loud banger!

Shop the lookDIY bonbon (cracker) kit, $6.99, metallic cotton fat quarter, $5.99, Cristina Re gold perforated envelope wallets, $17.99 a packet, all from Spotlight.

If the teen in your life loves smoothies, treat them to a fab new smoothie cup (ours was $3 from Kmart) and pop a voucher inside.

Shop the lookGlitter straw cup, $3, gold glass canister, $4, from Kmart.

If you have some basic sewing skills, whip up a few voucher-sized bags. They can be made in minutes and decorated with a mini bell, tag or tassel. Use some leftover fabric or buy a pre-cut square of fabric (called a ‘fat quarter’) from your fabric shop for around $5. You can get three bags out of one fat quarter, so this is a very cost-effective option.

Shop the lookTassel decorations, $3 for?4, from The Warehouse.

You can’t beat a stylish canister filled with favourite treats and a gift card for a winning Christmas present. Canisters can be picked up relatively cheaply and are an inexpensive way to dress up a voucher. Simply fill with chocolate, nuts or sweets, pop the voucher in the middle, add the lid and secure with ribbon and a gift tag.

Kids will love this cute idea. Take some plastic animals and give them a coat of paint using a testpot. Place a gift voucher in a small box and tie it to the back of the animal using ribbon or twine. This way they’ll have a toy to play with now, as well as a token to spend once the excitement is all over.

Shop the lookAnimals, $8 a packet, gold bells, $2 a packet, from Look Sharp.

If you are posting a voucher and need to keep the weight and size down, look out for some envelope options that can be dressed up and easily popped into a postage bag. Here we simply placed the voucher in a gold cardboard envelope and sealed the flap with a cute pom pom and gift tag.

Shop the lookBackground is Capiz table runner, $59.95, from Freedom. All other items stylist’s own.

Gifting vouchers is easy and practical but can also be a little on the safe side. With a little creativity, it’s easy to make your vouchers look and feel a bit special. Here we’ve popped a gift token inside a nice mug, added some chocolates, and tied a little jingle bell on the handle.

Shop the lookGeo coffee mug, $6 for 4, chocolate eclairs, $3 a packet, from Kmart.

Words and styling by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick, Melanie Jenkins

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