Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Packaging


Soaps and candles, packaged up and ready to go under the tree!
The holidays are almost here! Is everybody ready?

I made it home to Florida earlier this week, and I finished Christmas shopping a couple of days ago. I've got everything wrapped, except for a couple more packages I'm waiting on.

And, of course, everyone on my list is getting a special something handmade by me. The nice thing about being able to make soap and candles is that your shopping list gets shorter, and everyone likes receiving what you've made! (At least, I think that they do.)

I started making my holiday soaps in August and had them finished by October. With all of the hustle and bustle from Thanksgiving on, it was a relief to know that a lot of my Christmas gifts were ready to go. There was still labeling and packaging to consider, though, and it seems that no matter how early I get the soaps done, I still end up doing the labels and packaging at the last frantic minute. (But you know what they say - if you wait until the last minute, it takes only a minute.)

The labels for my soap were made with Microsoft Word. (This tutorial helped me immensely.) As you can see below, the front of the label has a graphic and the name of the soap. The back lists the ingredients and my blog address.

For the candles, I used 2.5" round white labels and designed them using a Word template. The stickers fit perfectly on the wide-mouth pint mason jar lids. (The bottom of the jar has a caution label - CYA!)
 
I wanted to package things up nice and pretty for the holidays. In the past, I've tied bars together with ribbon and then put them in a gift bag. That works fine, but I wanted to do something different this year.



























This Christmas, I went with large red Chinese take out boxes and gable gift boxes, stuffed with Eco Fill Christmas Blend filler paper. It's pretty, festive, and the contents are protected. Easy to carry, too.

The take out boxes are perfect for little presents, like hostess gifts or for when you want to give someone a little something. And the gable boxes can hold several soap bars and a candle.This year, the gift boxes include Pumpkin Gingersnap, Snow Day, Yuletide Cheer, and Candy Cane Swirl soaps. And everyone gets a soy candle, too - either Cinnabun Type or Peppermint Patty. Yum!

I hope that everyone on my shopping list likes the soap and candles! And I hope that all of you are enjoying the holiday season.

This will probably be my last post until just before the New Year, so I want to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy holiday!

24 comments:

  1. Jenny, that is awsome Christmas packaging! Love the green and red "filling" in the boxes, too :) Have a lovely week!

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    1. Thank you, Iulia! I hope that you are enjoying the holiday season!

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  2. Great idea on the Chinese takeaway and gable gift boxes! Love the fillers and the labels, too! I'm sure the recipients of your gifts will be so happy to receive all those handmade goodies. Enjoy the holidays and have a very merry Christmas, Jenny! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Silvia! I hope that everyone enjoys the goodies. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you, too!

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  3. Everything looks fantastic! Your f&f must be awaiting impatiently Christmas giveaway! At least I would. I like those jars and your labels are so cool and thematically festive!
    Just a note on labels: you can use Publisher, it's so easy to work with and has better options than Word. I used Word earlier, so I know them both.
    Happy holidays,Jenny, but we'll spaek again until then, if not here, then on my blog :-)

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    1. Thanks, Maja! I have heard good things about Publisher, but haven't tried it myself yet. I may have to look into it. Happy holidays to you, too!

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  4. Oh my gosh, your packaging is SO cute and your products are just so wonderful! Your family members must LOVE getting your personalized packages at Christmas! Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season with your friends and family Jenny!~

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    1. Thanks, Cee! I hope my family and friends enjoy the soaps and candles. I wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season as well!

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  5. Wow Jenny, who wouldn't love a gift package like that? Everything looks beautiful I love what you used to hold your soaps and candles. I think the best type of presents are practical ones, and your gifts certainly fit that bill.

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to more wonderful videos from you in 2014.

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    1. Thank you, Monica! I like practical gifts, too, and I enjoy knowing that my family and friends are using my soaps and candles. I hope you have a merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season, too! I'll have to get cracking on some new soaps and videos after the Christmas break!

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  6. What a lovely idea! Such a great gift & I like the packaging =)

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  7. I can never settle on packaging - I'm always changing my mind and trying new things. Recently I stumbled on how to make boxes out of paper and it was all over - I've been making boxes out of every damn sheet of paper I can get my hands on.
    I love the little gingerbread man on the soap - so cutie pie and festive. People are gonna be mucho lucky to get their swag this year. It pays to know us soapers, huh?!?

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    1. Thanks, Lindsey! Making boxes out of paper sounds cool. It would be neat to take some pretty paper and make your own custom box out of it. I'm sure the folks on your gift list will be very happy to receive their goodies from you!

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  8. That is such a great idea! Those takeaway boxes are just perfect as Christmas gift boxes - the size, shape, colour, everything :-) Inspired...

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    1. Thanks, Vicki! The takeout boxes are so cute, and perfect for packaging a few soaps. I'm glad that they had them in a festive red color!

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  9. I love your packaging Jenny! I have waited to the last minute for my shopping and wrapping and I am scrambling like a mad woman!!! LOL
    Happy Holidays Jenny!!!

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    1. Thank you, Roxana! That's how it goes sometimes - everything sneaks up on you at the end. It'll all get done, though! Happy holidays to you, too!

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  10. It's so obvious how much care and love you installed in preparing all those gifts. Their receivers will be for sure delighted! I whish you happy holidays and many new soaps in 2014!

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    1. Thanks, Gordana! Love is the special ingredient in all of my soaps and candles. :) I hope everybody enjoys the gifts. Happy holidays to you, too!

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  11. Wow, Jenny, those packaging look so good, love their drawings on them, so colourful and cheerful!
    Well done, Jenny!
    Happy holidays, dear Jenny!

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    1. Thanks, Natalia! I love the little reindeer on the gable boxes. I hope that you had a lovely holiday!

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