Somehow, it’s that time of year again when there are so many gift-giving occasions – teacher appreciation gifts, Room Parent thank you’s, graduation gifts – so here’s a cute way of “wrapping” up a gift card that’s both fun and inexpensive!

Actually, I came up with this DIY gift card holder because my son and his friends are all now twelve {Yikes! How did that happen?!}  Long gone are the days of picking out some cute toy or stuffed animal when it comes to birthday party gifts.  These days, tweens and teens seem to like two things: money and gift cards.  Over the weekend, my son went to a birthday party and wanted to give his friend a gift card to a video game store, but I was afraid the card might get lost in the shuffle of the party.  Wracking my brain for a way to “wrap” up the card, I decided that what most tweens like as much as money, is candy, so why not combine the two!

I stopped in at my local dollar store and picked up these cute, lidded cups for, you guessed it, $1.00!  The nice thing about these particular cups is that they are glass, so they’ll last longer than the inexpensive plastic cups, and they’re perfect for summer.  I chose red and blue, but there were green ones available, too.



Hopping over to the candy aisle, I selected a few boxes of brightly-colored candy to put inside each of the cups.  I may have selected my favs….just in case there were any leftovers!  {I love banana Runts….my teeth don’t, but I do!}



After cleaning the cup and drying it thoroughly, I simply left the straw in the cup and added a small layer of candy.  Then I dropped the gift card in and finished adding the candy.



A fun gift for any tween and at just $2.00, it’s more economical than a purchasing a greeting card to hold a gift card.  I also picked up these “You Rock” gift tags – 8 for $1.  Cute, right?



This could also be a cute gift idea for a teacher, filled with candy, school supplies, or even his/her favorite snack.


Happy gifting!


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P.S. – And yes, I had candy left over….mmmmmmmm, banana Runts….. :)



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  1. This is a great idea, I love banana runts….they are the only ones I like.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Sally,

      Me too! In fact, I picked all of them out after taking the photos and ate them!!! Lol! :) Kim

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Robbyn,

      So glad you like it!

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