Gift Towers

Written by Sarah Provost
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Making a gift tower is an easy way to turn a smaller gift into something spectacular. Basically, a tower consists of three or more boxes in varying sizes. Wrap each one in gift wrap. They can be all the same, but I prefer varied but related designs. Stack them from largest to smallest, then tie them all together with ribbon and put a bow on top.

Gift towers are most commonly used for snack and goodie gifts. Which box contains which gift is a matter of bulk, weight and quantity. If, for instance, you are making a tower to contain popcorn balls, fudge and cashews, you should pack them in that order. Popcorn balls are bulky, so there wouldn't be enough room in the smaller boxes. Fudge is dense, so putting it in the largest box would be too much. (Yes, there is such a thing as too much fudge!) Cashews are expensive, so you probably won't want to fill a large box with them.

Containers for Gift Towers

For the best look, the containers you use to make your tower should be symmetrical. That means they should be identical in proportions, varying only in overall size. Specialty stores and catalogs sometimes offer containers in shapes other than round or square. Star-shaped boxes, for instance, would make a lovely presentation.

Unusual containers can lead you to ideas for more original gift towers. If you bought cartons shaped to look like Chinese carry-out containers, you might fill the large one with fortune cookies, the middle one with packages of rice noodles, and the top with jars of Asian seasonings, such as five-spice powder or chili paste. Poke some chopsticks through the bow at the top, and you have an impressive gift at little expense.


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