Harleigh has a summer of weddings to attend, and I've tackled the gift buying as soon as an invitation arrives in the mail. And quite frankly, as much as I love a pretty-wrapped present, the cost of the box, paper and ribbon/bow has almost rivaled the price of the gift. So I've gone a route that costs me $1.99 per present.
I buy a plain white gift bag. I've found these shiny, nicer ones at Party City (a bit nicer than matte-finish kraft paper ones). Cost = $1.99. I print out the couple's initials in a simple font, tape the paper onto a piece of scrapbook paper — using what I have on hand— that has been Xyroned (an adhesive application process), cut out the initials and put them on the bag. With a piece of white tissue paper peeking out the top of the bag and a simple white postcard inside with a note from Harleigh, this bag is elegant and understated.
"Our house was not unsentient matter — it had a heart and a soul, and eyes to see with; and approvals and solicitudes and deep sympathies; it was of us, and we were in its confidence and lived in its grace and in the peace of its benedictions. We never came home from an absence that its face did not light up and speak out in eloquent welcome — and we could not enter it unmoved."- Samuel Clemens
I am probably the most content person you'd ever want to meet. I have a decent job working with people I like, a loving family including a swell Old English Sheepdog, a home where nesting and curling up on slipcovered sofas is required, and a life rich in creative crafting and daydreaming. I someday want a cottage at the beach where my grandchildren can bring sandy feet into the house, wet bathing suits can dry on the front porch and everything we need to get to is a bicycle ride away.