I purchased the items pictured above for my friend Katie. Like me, she loves lip products, so I figured that she would appreciate a lip-themed gift. I bought her my favorite lip scrub from Lush (except in the Mint Julips flavor - absolutely delicious), a beautiful bright Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop, and the best lip balm around - Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss.
The other items were for my friend Lauren. When we were in college together, she was never all that interested in makeup. However, over the years her interest has grown quite a bit, so I thought I would give her some things to expand her collection. Plus, she's moving across the country in a few days, so I thought these items would be easy and small to take with her. I purchased her one of my favorite items, Maybelline Baby Lips in "Cherry Me." It's a very moisturizing product that leaves your lips with the most beautiful pink/red wash of color. I also picked up two products that I've heard amazing things about - Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze (I need to get myself one of these!) and Jordana Best Lash Extreme mascara (purchased one for myself too but didn't get to use it yet). I finished off her gift with some beautiful raspberry colored gem earrings from Target.
A few weeks ago, I purchased two glittery boxes from Target ($3 for two boxes!) thinking that they might come in handy. And boy, they did! I found some white tissue paper, cut it in fours, and inserted it into each box to fill it up a bit. Next, I put the products inside.
After closing the lid, I tied some turquoise ribbon around one and some white ric-rac I had around the other. It would have been cute to add a flower to the top of the boxes, but I unfortunately didn't have any on hand. Here's how the boxes turned out.
I absolutely love making the outside of cards decorative, as well. Often, I'll add some scrapbook stickers, pearls, or small adhesive gems to the outside to spice them up. I didn't have any on hand, so some markers just had to do!
Have you bought any gifts for friends yet? Let me know in the comments! (Also, if anyone has any cute ideas for gift wrapping, I'm all ears!)