Recently, some dear friends of ours treated my husband and me to a very “bougie” dining experience. The restaurant was amazing – the atmosphere was sophisticated, the food was to die for, and I can only imagine what the bill was, considering one drink cost $22. Ouch!
Needless to say, we had a fabulous evening, and I wanted to send them a special thank you gift. Somehow, a note card just didn’t seem like enough. After giving it some thought, I came up with the perfect way to express my appreciation.
Our friends just happen to be dog parents to an adorable little guy named Highway. They rescued him several years ago after finding him on (you guessed it) the highway! I couldn’t think of a better way to say “thank you” for our incredible dinner than sending them a gift for their pup. I knew nothing would make them happier.
Today I’m going to show you how I created Highway’s bougie box of goodies for under $15.
Would it surprise you if I told you that I chose the box for Highway’s gift before I decided on the contents? The presentation of a gift can be just as surprising as the gift inside, and I wanted this gift box to be something special.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: you can find beautiful photo, trinket, and magazine boxes that can be used as gift boxes! This adorable one cost me just $2.99 at TJMaxx!
If you decide to put together your own bougie gift box, you may not find the exact one I used here, but many discount retailers will carry some that will work just as well. You can even think ahead and visit the home section whenever you’re shopping to sniff out decorative boxes for future gift giving!
Personally, I usually find boxes I like at Marshall’s, TJMaxx, Home Goods, and Tuesday Morning.
Now on to filling the box! I chose to stuff my box full of product samples I’ve collected at pet events, tradeshows, and adopt-a-thons. But I’m guessing that you don’t have a stash of free pet goodies on hand, so here are a few low-cost gift box filler suggestions:
- Bake a batch of homemade dog biscuits for under $10. Once they cool, line your gift box with decorative tissue paper and layer the cookies inside. A quick Google search will bring up tons of recipes. Or you could try this one for peanut butter treats with pumpkin.
- Visit your local Dollar Store. You’d be surprised what you can find there in the way of pet toys and supplies for just a buck!
Once my box was full of doggy goodies, it was on to the finishing details. I thought this tiny gift card added a nice touch. I love the little card selection at Great Arrow. You could also make your own card using a photo of the pet recipient with a thoughtful message written on the back.
The “pricey” part of this project was the wired ribbon roll I found at JoAnn Fabrics for $4.99. But I can probably wrap at least another two boxes with it before it’s gone.
A few days after sending Highway this present (in care of his parents) I got a super sweet note card from Highway thanking me and an email from his Dad telling me how much fun they had opening it up!
There you have it! Using these steps and a little creativity you can create your own bougie box for that perfect pet gift. Happy gifting!
P.S. I’d love to see your bougie pet gift boxes! Tag me on Instagram with @petliving and #petlivingstyle.