START YOUR GIFT from the outside in. Place pretty stationery, recipe cards, or a beautiful bauble inside a brightly colored linen box or a mini file drawer that your lucky giftee can use throughout the year to organize desk accessories, kitchen clutter, or jewelry. Finish by adding an elegant ribbon or waxed twine (www.marthastewartcrafts.com).
PERSONALIZE PLAIN PAPER with a this-is-who-it's-for photo of the gift recipient. It makes sorting out the pile of packages that the oh-so-generous you left under the tree easy and fun for your family.
WHY SHOULD THE post office have all the fun? Doll up vibrant shipping tags - in colors ranging from bright red to hot pink to fluorescent blue - from Staples with white ink (for an elegant touch) and a ribbon. A thousand tags for $40, www.staples.com.
PREFER A PRETTY PATTERN? Martha Stewart Crafts features tags with a floral burst. Eight tags for $2, www.marthastewartcrafts.com.
DROP A HINT as to what's inside your package with a gift tag that offers a clue. For example: As the perfect finish for a gift box loaded with rice bowls or other tabletop items, write your recipient's name on a pair of disposable chopsticks.
FOR A KITSCHY touch, consider an ever-so-friendly Hello My Name Is sticker. They're quick to stick and kind on the wallet. Pack of 100 for $4, www.officedepot.com.