A noteworthy DIY gift

Make a noteworthy DIY gift
Graduations, showers, weddings—every year brings planned and unplanned celebrations to fill your calendar. And while there’s certainly a place for splashy presents, there’s never a bad time to give a simple DIY gift to the people who played behind-the-scenes roles in getting those celebrations off without a hitch. A little bundle of note cards can be a great thinking-of-you gift for a new empty nester or grandma-to-be or a thank-you gift for the hostess of your favorite niece’s bridal shower. Wrap up the cards in a pretty handkerchief, and voilà, you will prove that good things really do come in small packages.

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  • 6-12 note cards
  • Fancy handkerchief or napkin
  • Ribbon
  • Large button with large holes (optional)


  1. Choose a collection of note cards for your recipient—find a set that’s delicately detailed for an unabashedly feminine friend, or select a simple monogrammed set for the woman with understated elegance. Tip: If you order a monogrammed set, the last name initial is shown prominently in the center with the smaller first name and middle name initials displayed to the left and right.

  2. Find a vintage handkerchief or pretty napkin to wrap the note cards in—a monochromatic color scheme for a more elegant package or a colorfully embellished handkerchief for a bright and cheerful gift. Iron any wrinkles out of the handkerchief or napkin, and then neatly stack the note cards and envelopes diagonally in the center. Tuck in a book of postage stamps as a thoughtful little extra.

  3. Wrap the handkerchief or napkin around the cards, folding in the corners as you go (think of it as a lace burrito), so that you are left with a decorated corner on top. Run a ribbon around the package horizontally to keep everything in place. Tie the ends of the ribbon in a small bow. For a more whimsical feel, pull the ends of the ribbon through the holes of a large button before tying them in a bow.