Gifts aren’t just boxes that are wrapped anymore. Now there are gift bags with handles, cloth bags for giving wine, unusually-shaped boxes that lie flat but come together with a simple pull. Gifts never have to be boring anymore because there are literally dozens of ways you can wrap and present them. Whether you’re having a few friends over for Christmas dinner, or you’re treating all your employees to a big party, you’ll need to have a gift for each of them. Forget large, bulky presents that take up a lot of room and leave a huge mess after being unwrapped. This year, give them a gift cone that hangs on the chair where they’ll be sitting for the meal.
Paper cones are the perfect way to present each person with a unique gift while making things easy on yourself. Use cones that you purchase or make the cones yourself. White paper cones, used for adding fluids to your vehicle, are a dime a dozen at an automotive store. These can be decorated in any number of ways to give them a more elegant look.
Paint the paper cones with a gold paint marker, wrap them in fabric, or just cover them with glue and glitter. There are any number of things you can use to decorate the cones including beads, fake jewels, ribbons and bows, buttons, cloth swatches, rubber stamping, felt cutouts, confetti, and even small-diameter roping.
If you prefer to make the cones yourself you’ll find that scrapbook paper works well to create a Christmas theme. You’ll find many different holiday patterns at most any craft store. Make all the cones exactly alike or make each one totally different by choosing assorted scrapbook papers. Twist one into a cone shape and tape to secure.
No matter what type of cone you use you’ll need a length of ribbon to hang it on the dining chair. Cut the ribbon so that it hangs as long as you want. Glue the ribbon ends to the inside of the cone, on opposite sides.
Fill the cones with any number of small gifts. It’s a nice touch if you first put a piece of colored tissue paper into the cone then load it with goodies. Some choices of things to put inside include gift cards, candy, postage stamps, cosmetics, tiny toys, and even jewelry – real or costume.
The cone party favors are perfect for many occasions. Feature them at a Christmas party, wedding, baby shower or even a birthday party. They can be made with children’s themes, holiday themes or no theme at all!