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Etsy Success: Packaging for the Holidays

Nov 18, 2010

by daniellexo handmade and vintage goods

A few months ago I found something on Etsy that I knew my mother would love.  I purchased the item and asked the seller to ship the item to my mom. A week or so later, my mom called and said she got the item but didn’t even tell me if she liked it; instead she described the packaging in great detail. “Nevermind — I’ll just send it to you,” she said. A week later I received an envelope in the mail, and inside my mom had carefully preserved her Etsy package and shipped it to me, with nothing else inside. The thoughtful way this seller had packaged her gift really made an impression!

With the holidays on our heels, a good portion of your sales will be gifts. An already well packaged item will impress your buyers, and it’s a sure way to make them and their gift recipients super-fans. So let me share my top tips and packaging resources with you!

Felt Mail Play Set by KimberlyFarmer

1. Stock up.  Packaging takes time — start planning and stock up on the supplies you’ll need over the holidays (this will help save money, too).  U.S. sellers: Did you know you can order packaging supplies from USPS for free? Check it out!

Further reading: Etsy Treasure Chest’s Packaging Affordably

2. Brand it.  Make sure you stamp, sticker, label, embroider, sign, and emblazon your business name and/or Etsy URL in or on your packages! There’s no sense taking the time and resources to create something beautiful if your buyer isn’t going to remember who packaged this item! Check out the many sellers making custom stamps, labels, ribbon and more in the Supply category on Etsy.

Further reading: How to Make an Art Stamp with ArtMind

Thank You Letterpress Cards and Envelopes by YeeHaw

3. Be thoughtful. Try to be eco-friendly and keep it simple. You don’t need to include a dozen business cards, a slew of tissue paper, buttons and freebies. A simple ribbon, a single sticker or button and a little thank you note is just enough! Try not to add to your buyer’s out-of-control junk drawer situation.  Above all, don’t stuff an envelope with glitter — that stuff is impossible to clean up!

Further reading: Seller How-To: Pretty as a Package

4. Be unique. Add your own style and personality into your packaging. The Flickr Group Nice Package has a slew of inspiring examples. I even found an Etsy buyer sharing a photo of a package they received with the note, “I bought some tags from Dandee Designs on Etsy and this is how they came all wrapped up. I love Etsy sellers! How cute it this?”

Further reading: Fabulous Packaging and Wrapping with RikRak & How to Design the Perfect Packaging

possession 3 – original drawing by littleblackfences

5. Keep it safe. Fragile or bendable items need special packaging. If you’re shipping a gift for the holidays, there might not be time to replace a broken item. So stock up (or save up) chipboard, eco-friendly packing peanuts, newspaper, etc. Oh, and don’t forget to try weather proofing those packages as much as possible!

6. Ask for help. Have an oddly shaped, super fragile, or gigantic item you want to ship? The Etsy Forums are a great place to get advice from other sellers who may have already faced this challenge. Your Etsy Team may also be able to help!

Further Reading: Fedex’s Packaging Tips

More packaging How-To’s:

Do you have packaging tip (or photo) to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • MrsMixIt

    MrsMixIt said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous! I hope to package my items this nicely!

  • stellasavestheday

    stellasavestheday said 9 years ago this! Thanks!

  • QueenofCuffs

    QueenofCuffs said 9 years ago

    Thanks for this great post. I am looking for packing ideas at the moment. I believe in the "ritual of opening" and know I myself remember a purchase that came wrapped for enjoyment. It makes you be patient enough to open slowly and enjoy the pleasure of presentation.

  • Snowdon

    Snowdon said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the inspirational tips, loving those cute felt envelopes!

  • tigerbee

    tigerbee said 9 years ago

    I'm a packaging nerd!

  • artwearline

    artwearline said 9 years ago

    great ideas thanks!!

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 9 years ago

    Ooh, look at all those pretty packaging supplies! These are great reminders. Thanks!

  • LKstudio

    LKstudio said 9 years ago

    It's nice to keep the packaging simple, consistent, and elegant. It always makes me feel guilty seeing the extra tissue paper and other not so desirable packing material. I love the selection of related items in the end - they have just answer my gift wrapping needs!

  • HomeStudio

    HomeStudio said 9 years ago

    Beautiful options!

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse said 9 years ago

    I agree, I get soooo excited when opening up a package from a fellow Etsian that is wrapped to the 9's!!!!!

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 9 years ago

    Great tips! I love wrapping presents. It gets me in the holiday spirit and plus it's nice to make a package pretty so the recipient knows how much you care. Thanks for sharing.

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 9 years ago

    wonderful reminder!

  • LazyTcrochet

    LazyTcrochet said 9 years ago

    Great article Danielle. I love pretty packages too!

  • barelymeasured

    barelymeasured said 9 years ago


  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    Packaging can make a real difference to the customer experience! My packaging has really changed a lot, hopefully for the better. Some really lovely packaging ideas here : )

  • earthnskystudio

    earthnskystudio said 9 years ago

    I am offering giftwrapping this year (at no extra charge) and have found that I am enjoying it tremendously! It's so fun (and easy) to put it together to ship and I get a little rush knowing that someone on the other end will be surprised when they open their package! ^_^

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 9 years ago

    such wonderful ideas! I can see lots of areas where i can approve! thank you.

  • Garden22DesignStudio

    Garden22DesignStudio said 9 years ago

    I love a nicely packaged item, even if I order it just for myself. I feel like I am getting a gift! Thanks for the article, Danielle!

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace said 9 years ago

    I pride myself on sending perfect packages unlike anything else out there, my feedback reflects how much my customers love my unique packaging even saying they have framed it. Great packaging speaks volumes!!!

  • CustomDogBandanas

    CustomDogBandanas said 9 years ago

    Great article for the holiday season! Thank you!

  • mudpuppy

    mudpuppy said 9 years ago

    Hi Danielle! This is so true, it takes me longer to mail everything but from the feedback i've gotten it is so worth it. I love making sure every single package leaving my studio looks as fantastic as I feel about the pieces inside and it makes a huge difference. I've also received packages from other etsy sellers I didn't want to open cause i loved the packaging so much. It shows you care to send only the best!

  • tinahdee

    tinahdee said 9 years ago

    wonderful article! I have really grown to enjoy (love?) packaging my orders. Who knew grosgrain ribbon could be so much fun?

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 9 years ago

    Enjoyed this article- interesting and important topic.

  • swanmountainsoaps

    swanmountainsoaps said 9 years ago

    I decided to offer luxe giftwrapping on a few of my holiday soaps this year, and I am so in love with the end result that I am seriously thining of purchasing some gorgeous paper to wrap my soaps like this all the time. I never knew I was addicted to paper!

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 9 years ago

    Awesome tips and resources! Thanks so much!

  • TiffinyDesigns

    TiffinyDesigns said 9 years ago

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  • artsinwonderland

    artsinwonderland said 9 years ago

    Wonderful, thank you for sharing ! I love these!

  • choisette

    choisette said 9 years ago

    it drives me crazy if all of my wrapped gifts aren't in the same color scheme. i know, i probably need medication.

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article.

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 9 years ago

    So true! I just received the most adorable item from the charming Etsy seller zime, and the packaging was done with such love and care, I couldn't resist taking photos! When packaging is photo-worthy, you know you're doing it right. :-)

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiring ideas and for sharing your knowledge and experience. I have already started incorporating a lot of your ideas.

  • Talula

    Talula said 9 years ago

    I love this quote from the QueenofCuffs: "I believe in the "ritual of opening" ------- What a great way to think of a beautifully wrapped gift! Thanks for the article!

  • CuteJewels

    CuteJewels said 9 years ago

    Super advice and very important for the upcoming holiday season. Buyers LOVE personalized notes!

  • LaurelDChristian

    LaurelDChristian said 9 years ago

    I love etsy. Full of very inspiring ideas... reading this small article opened up a thousand ideas for me... Thank you.

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 9 years ago

    All over it. Thanks D for turning me on to "littleblackfences"' amazing drawings!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    Yep, packaging is very important! Great artical, thanks :)

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    ...I know how to spell. Promise. Byebye.

  • itsmolly

    itsmolly said 9 years ago

    Thank you Danielle! These are perfect suggestions and resources. I needed a nudge re this topic!

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 9 years ago

    Great post, I really enjoy creating a cute package for my buyers as well as getting something I got from Etsy in a beautiful package... it's just an extra touch that makes the handmade experience way better.

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 9 years ago

    Great wheels are turning! Thanks so much for sharing! ;)

  • Avarae17

    Avarae17 said 9 years ago

    It's such a nice personal thing to add, Thanks! . I make my packaging out of old maps and after looking up some origami packaging, have some really cute packaging! recycled and cute! :)

  • BubbleGumAndButtons

    BubbleGumAndButtons said 9 years ago

    Thanks! This is great Holiday season around the corner.

  • BubbleGumAndButtons

    BubbleGumAndButtons said 9 years ago

    sorry,that is "This is great with the ..."

  • spiritcleanslate

    spiritcleanslate said 9 years ago

    Thank for the nice reminder and great ideas on packaging. I offer free gift packaging with choice of colors and tags. Depending on occasion. Although I have always made my packaging special I have found that Etsy sellers are some of the most conscientious about packaging and thoughtfulness. It is like a tradition. I am spoiled, I almost can't wait to open the box from an Etsy order. The thing I also liked that you said daniellexo is that it does not have to be extravagant and it doesn't.

  • oguerrero

    oguerrero said 9 years ago

    This was really helpful, thank you :)

  • trinityrocks

    trinityrocks said 9 years ago

    Nice touch!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 9 years ago

    So true!

  • karenjcreations

    karenjcreations said 9 years ago

    Such wonderful ideas!

  • BellaPuzzlesToo

    BellaPuzzlesToo said 9 years ago

    The care you take with packaging reflects the care that went into creating the item inside the package, and your feeling for the person receiving it. If you're thankful for the order, show it with some packaging TLC. Thoughtfulness need not be extravagant. I'm glad you included OliveManna's fabric ribbon - that shop is a good example of simple, beautiful packaging. Not surprisingly, any packaging supplies you order from that shop come in a lovely package of their own.

  • audreytolove

    audreytolove said 9 years ago

    very helpful. thank you.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Thank you Danielle! I like packaging :)

  • idlehandsdesigns

    idlehandsdesigns said 9 years ago

    Your success newsletters inspire me so much! Thanks for keepin' me on track❥

  • bread

    bread said 9 years ago

    also,if you get styrofoam or bubblewrap in the mail,instead of chucking it all in the trash,put it up on craigslist in the free section. I do this,and it always goes that day. also,if you need these things,put that up on craigslist as well.might as well reuse all this stuff!

  • papercutworks

    papercutworks said 9 years ago

    I just purchased 50 natural muslin bags from an etsy vendor yesterday - I'm looking forward to stamping them before my big holiday show this year! My customers always love those personalized baggies for their craft show purchases.

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 9 years ago

    Beautiful and inspirational ideas! I've purchased items on Etsy that came in amazing handmade boxes made from beautiful paper.

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 9 years ago

    Great tips Danielle ~ thanks! I love getting packages that are wrapped like gifts, but I do understand that some sellers are super busy and as long as it's packaged carefully and all neat and clean, I'm a happy customer! :)

  • PaperWhiskers

    PaperWhiskers said 9 years ago

    As a buyer, I can't say enough how much this means to me. I love when it is clearly apparent that the seller put a little more effort into their packaging. And it makes me that much more likely to purchase from them again.

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 9 years ago

    Yes~ Beautiful packaging is really important! Great article =)

  • deLoop

    deLoop said 9 years ago

    AWSOME!!! I needed that info badly! Im a newbie and have found that my lovely packageing is too costly, all the links you give here are such a great help, keep the packagind beautiful, keep the cost affordable! ~ Thanks ")

  • BeezyMama

    BeezyMama said 9 years ago

    Thank you, great tips!

  • saintbarbie

    saintbarbie said 9 years ago

    Great article!!!

  • akcopperraven

    akcopperraven said 9 years ago

    great ideas...

  • Saturnmoon

    Saturnmoon said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for the wonderful article!!Very inspirational ideas!!


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  • ParkersPrints

    ParkersPrints said 9 years ago

    I ♥ pretty packaging! thanks for a great article!

  • 41Hawthorne

    41Hawthorne said 9 years ago

    For Etsy and anything I do, I tend to use my collection of fabrics, some vintage for both wrapping and as "ribbon." With the holidays approaching my family actually celebrates the most creative recycled wrap job...And then there was the Christmas we went "unplugged" one had time to wrap anything...a very good time was had by all! Regardless, thank you for good tips on keeping your info and personality in front of customers through packaging.

  • theatreofdreams

    theatreofdreams said 9 years ago

    Contrary to your article, I LOVE getting freebies with the items I purchase. I have even started commenting in the feedback section, letting the sellers know how much I appreciate the freebies. Just sayin'...

  • SwanTreasures

    SwanTreasures said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for the wonderful ideas. The packagings make gifts more special!

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!

  • gumbygirl

    gumbygirl said 9 years ago

    You can't beat the awesome packaging from Madeforfun! A delight in itself....

  • mildajlingerie

    mildajlingerie said 9 years ago

    Thank you -it's a very good reminder...

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 9 years ago

    I like the tip to keep the packaging and inserts eco-friendly and simple!!! I like to include functional "freebies" like a gift tag or stickers that the recipient can use on their own packaging, instead of adding to the junk drawer...

  • mousesong

    mousesong said 9 years ago

    Oh! I am so glad to see KawaiiGoodies featured here. I had the best buying experience with her recently :)

  • Feille

    Feille said 9 years ago

    Don't forget the flickr packaging group to see the gorgeousness others are doing:

  • LatheratiSoap

    LatheratiSoap said 9 years ago

    Oh, this is fantastic! Thanks for all the links and great ideas :-)

  • sweetbellacards

    sweetbellacards said 9 years ago

    I <3 this article! Packaging is one those little things that makes me happy!

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 9 years ago

    So glad to hear many of you already wrapping your packages up so thoughtfully! Thanks for the link, Feille! That's another inspiring Flickr pool.

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends said 9 years ago

    I love packaging my items...even though it takes me awhile to finish them. I use brown paper and twine and stick my art and tie gift tags on it. I think it's one of the main reasons why my customers come back to my shop..because I treat every order like it's a special gift/occasion. Even when I buy something from Etsy, the memorable purchases are the ones where my orders come with extra packaging and care:)

  • kerriganjr

    kerriganjr said 9 years ago

    I am new here...*kicks at ground shyly*...but I have found bagsunlimited (they have a website) to be my bestfriend.

  • theroyalart

    theroyalart said 9 years ago


  • designsbytaylor2u

    designsbytaylor2u said 9 years ago

    Right on time!

  • CremeDeLaGems

    CremeDeLaGems said 9 years ago

    wonderful! Thanks so much!

  • isewcute

    isewcute said 9 years ago

    Great suggestions! Thanks!

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard said 9 years ago

    What a nice extra...when the package is pretty, too! :) I use brown kraft boxes, cord and my little handmade charms.

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article and stuff!

  • TheAngryWeather

    TheAngryWeather said 9 years ago

    Great advice, thanks!!

  • Signoraluna

    Signoraluna said 9 years ago

    Wonderful! I love packaging my items with origami boxes! I think handmade wrap is the best way to give a gift!!! :D

  • OldBarnCrafts

    OldBarnCrafts said 9 years ago

    great ideas!

  • OurSweetDreams

    OurSweetDreams said 9 years ago

    Ahhh! Love pretty packaging:)

  • RawrDinoHats

    RawrDinoHats said 9 years ago

    great ideas!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 9 years ago

    Lovely idea!

  • pearlygrae

    pearlygrae said 9 years ago

    What a difference a pretty package can make....thanks for the info. Have a blessed holiday everyone!

  • arteofembellishment

    arteofembellishment said 9 years ago

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  • arteofembellishment

    arteofembellishment said 9 years ago

    Great Ideas! Thanks!

  • DearOhDeer

    DearOhDeer said 9 years ago

    this is a great article, i love when i get things wrapped lovingly! x

  • atthestudiodoor

    atthestudiodoor said 9 years ago

    Good ideas here! I created a sticker with my shop header to close us a clear bag, and was pleased with the result - now I need to think of other ways to 'brand" my packaging!

  • tillymaison

    tillymaison said 9 years ago

    fantastic ideas! great packaging really is so memorable. it's all in the details :)

  • hingmade

    hingmade said 9 years ago

    Thanks your tips!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 9 years ago

    Etsy is a great place for the personal touch - and nice packaging is one of the first ways to achieve this goal! :) I love wrapping my items nicely for my customers.

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 9 years ago

    I love these to get going with some of these gems.

  • Hapagirls

    Hapagirls said 9 years ago

    Great article! I love packaging details. I gift wrap and send a thank you card with all of my items. I also send a message for the buyer if it's a gift!

  • PaintedHorse

    PaintedHorse said 9 years ago

    Great article. I lovingly make my packages as pretty as the contents!

  • elizenazelie

    elizenazelie said 9 years ago

    great ideas... i sell mostly prints, and have never had any good ideas for packaging since theyre 2d... but the related items are showing alot of cute stamped and embellished brown paper envelopes, seems like a cheap and easy way to jazz them up!

  • capturedimagination

    capturedimagination said 9 years ago

    This is my 3rd year on Etsy and my packaging has definitely evolved. I started by just folding my hats neatly and sticking them in a bubble envelope with a couple cards but I felt like something was missing. I began to add postcards that said "Thank You" but still felt like I was missing something. I think it was probably 5-6 months into selling on Etsy when I finally decided to start individually wrapping the hats in recycled brown paper, using left over yarn as ribbons, and adding a "Care Instructions" tag to the package. That's when the Feedback really started coming in, mentioning how thoughtful I was and how my presentation impressed them. My packaging process takes longer now, but is completely worth the extra effort. I feel satisfied now when a package leaves my hands to take it's journey through the mail, and I know the buyer can tell, just by the package, that I care! Here is a link to the bubble envelopes I use made from recycled material....

  • MsVeronicas

    MsVeronicas said 9 years ago

    Great advice. I know I love feeling like I'm opening something really special. And here's my tip - I include a little present (depending on the order amount) - Just another way to encourage a customer to come back.

  • polkadotshop

    polkadotshop said 9 years ago

    Love this! I am inspired to try some new things to spruce up my packages. Thank you!

  • RobotsAreAwesome

    RobotsAreAwesome said 9 years ago

    Recently upgraded my packaging flair, rather pleased! Hope to delight buyers... if the thought of owning an Awesome Robot Sculpture wasn't enough (flickr pic:

  • MsVeronicas

    MsVeronicas said 9 years ago

    I definitely line feeling like I'm opening something special. And here is my two cents, I include a little gift/freebie (depending on the order amount) - Happy Holidays.

  • Lindensage

    Lindensage said 9 years ago

    thanks for the timely reminder

  • MsVeronicas

    MsVeronicas said 9 years ago

    Sorry for the double post - thought it didn't post the first time.

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible said 9 years ago

    Presentation is so important one of the most over looked things that shop keepers over look! When you open something from us ~ we want you to say "oh my, how beautiful" and just wish everybody else felt the same way... we are green but green can be beautiful like the emerald island. Peace, DevineCollectible

  • cuteandcreepy

    cuteandcreepy said 9 years ago

    Helpful, nice article

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 9 years ago

    These are beautiful packaging ideas for the holidays. We'll have to post pictures up of our candy holiday packaging soon- thanks for the reminder!

  • thewOOlyOwl

    thewOOlyOwl said 9 years ago

    love the ideas!!! It really takes those personal touches to make a BIG impact!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 9 years ago

    I've been stamping my gift boxes and mailers with my black star logo this week. Just one more thing to check off my list! No picture though.

  • halfmoonroad

    halfmoonroad said 9 years ago

    I'm inspired by such lovely packaging...Thanks Danielle

  • ravensrealm

    ravensrealm said 9 years ago

    It always seems like such an ordeal just getting the item boxed and mailed quickly. Thank you for the timely reminder that its really not that difficult to do just a bit more.

  • shopREiNViNTAGE

    shopREiNViNTAGE said 9 years ago

    such great info! and thanks for the reminder that the extra time it takes really is worth it :)

  • badcandystudios

    badcandystudios said 9 years ago

    I got one word for you: Popcorn. That's right. Unbuttered, unsalted plain ol' popcorn makes an absolutely FANTASTIC packing peanut for shipping. It's cheap, it's 100% biodegradable and one of my buyers even told me that she took the popcorn from her package and put it into her bird feeder and even made some peanut-butter-slathered pinecones that she then rolled in the remaining popcorn and hung them up for the squirrels! I would love to start putting some energy into designing some stand-apart packaging for my items. Thanks for giving me a kick-start!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Thanks for these super ideas!

  • villaylle

    villaylle said 9 years ago

    Great & inspiring tips! So far I've managed to take a photo of the products on the way to be wrapped up for shipping & I convo my customers w/ a link confirming the day they will be/have been shipped! :o) Must develop that enclosed note thing to something really nice...

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 9 years ago

    so true!! good advice, again!! : )

  • livingstonandporter

    livingstonandporter said 9 years ago

    I love packaging and especially the examples you've shown! Makes me want to do all my holiday shopping right here.THANKS so much for all the resources, tips and inspiration! Great post!

  • inspiredmama75

    inspiredmama75 said 9 years ago

    Wonderful! I've been trying to get others to understand how important this is and finally wrote a blog piece on it on Monday. I know it's so important and it keeps your customers talking about you (and hopefully coming back too). Thank you...have shared this link :) -Jessica

  • Decadence2artbar

    Decadence2artbar said 9 years ago

    Packaging/marketing is a big thing with me, not only just for attractiveness but for safety of the item & for continued promotion. I send almost all my supplies in appropriately sized polybags, I store them in the bags with an insert on which Ive stamped my business name. It keep the product clean and neat for storage (the bags are made for artwork etc) and for shipping, then they have my web address to remind them where they got it. Its a fine line between packaging approprately and overdoing it with bulk and things that would be tossed out (not very eco or budget friendly)...

  • thepapermoonstudio

    thepapermoonstudio said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much..wonderful inspiration!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 9 years ago

    Such great ideas!!! The "Felt Mail Play Set" are so special!

  • LisamariesPiece

    LisamariesPiece said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! Packaging does matter! I bought and received a piece of art from a great Etsy store...I almost didn't want to unwrap it! It was so beautiful, and so was the thank you card to go with it. It left a lasting impression that's for sure! ♥

  • Pipkyn

    Pipkyn said 9 years ago

    great information, thanks! When you've got something in an unconventional shape it can be tricky but cosy animal cushions for their long journeys is a definite must, so I'm preparing this wkend!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 9 years ago

    Wonderful ideas !!! Love the felted envelops Thank you for sharing

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 9 years ago

    So glad you reminded people NOT to hide glitter (or pot pourri, come to that) between layers of tissue paper in packages. I've bought things packaged like that & sworn NEVER to return to that particular shop, regardless of how nice the items I bought were! I shred everything shop-related that has names & addresses on it to make my own packaging & only ever use materials that can be recycled... even regular padded envelopes can be recycled if you tear the plastic bubbles out to put with the plastic then put the outside paper with the paper. And yes, I'd rather concentrate on eco-friendly, efficient packaging than something too cute as most of my items have a very long airmail journey ahead of them!

  • KimballPrints

    KimballPrints said 9 years ago

    So helpful! Thanks!!

  • NewDuds

    NewDuds said 9 years ago

    We have a blog post on how we Package! Uline is great for paper baggies, we screenprint and add a cute little sticker. great for small items!

  • DeMarko Admin

    DeMarko said 9 years ago

    I just got a hand-painted postcard from MilesD, it came protected by another card with a great message! Totally awesome and made my day :D

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 9 years ago

    Thank you - maybe this will make the job that much easier

  • studio3ten

    studio3ten said 9 years ago

    GREAT ! thanks :)

  • yiannimomma

    yiannimomma said 9 years ago

    thank you! very helpful!!! Happy Holidays!

  • earringgoround1

    earringgoround1 said 9 years ago

    Very creative. I get my shipping supplies through ULINE. If there is one near you, pick your order up to save on shipping costs. They have been a big help! I just use tissue, gold sticker and a plastic bag with gold twist tie. You can punch a hole in your biz card and attach it thru the twist tie. Thanks for your tips!

  • RemodeledBaubles

    RemodeledBaubles said 9 years ago

    I agree here's mine: I worked hard on the first few packages than the earrings!

  • LAccentNou

    LAccentNou said 9 years ago

    Great article, Danielle! I'm absolutely agree, packaging is VERY important!

  • BlacknickSculpture

    BlacknickSculpture said 9 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for the packaging tips.

  • homemadebyamanda

    homemadebyamanda said 9 years ago

    Great article! I have been needing some help on how to package my items!

  • lindaburley

    lindaburley said 9 years ago

    Great article. You are right. Packaging is just as important as the product you are sending. Love the felt envelopes by the way.

  • thegoldenrule

    thegoldenrule said 9 years ago

    Just got started...was drawing a blank on cost effective yet attractive packaging...thank you so much for the ideas!! :~)

  • mweikel

    mweikel said 9 years ago

    I have been trying to come up with some creative packaging ideas and this article was just what I needed. Thanks

  • christiewhelan

    christiewhelan said 9 years ago

    It definitely makes an impression to receive an "etsy item" I've yet to order something from etsy and not get a beautifully packed item a sweet thank you card (or gift) and a coupon. This is why I love etsy and the people whom it supports. Thank you!

  • RickiKellyStudio

    RickiKellyStudio said 9 years ago

    I love recieving packages in the mail! But even more, I love packages inside packages!! Especially pretty ones. Thanks for the Art Stamp article link!

  • BeckLeeCottage

    BeckLeeCottage said 9 years ago

    Good information. I have had some compliments on my packaging. I work hard to make sure the package is fun and unique. even if the items that I sold are only a few dollars I take time to make the package nice.

  • jojoebi

    jojoebi said 9 years ago

    spot on! one of the great things about ordering through Etsy is getting your parcel wrapped in a cute way, it is half the fun! I stick with the same felt supplier purely because she packages everything so nicely :o)

  • danceswithflowers

    danceswithflowers said 9 years ago

    Wow, tons of good info! As someone who has bought a hecka lot more than I've sold on Etsy, can I just say how important the packing is? I've received six packages with broken or damaged contents in the last year and it's really disappointing. If I could only offer one tip, it would be: "Plastic bags and/or paper towels are NOT suitable substitutes for bubble wrap..." ;)

  • kateemarie

    kateemarie said 9 years ago

    great ideas!

  • YourSweetTreatStore

    YourSweetTreatStore said 9 years ago

    packaging is the funnest part!

  • pinart

    pinart said 9 years ago

    Great advice and very useful information... Love the bootcamp.

  • nansglam

    nansglam said 9 years ago

    Great article Danielle. I love pretty packages too and have been giving much more attention to my packaging this year since reading all the great etsy articles this subject. Thanks for more great tips! Nan

  • HolaWear

    HolaWear said 9 years ago

    Very useful info. Great article. Thanks.

  • Sweetybird09

    Sweetybird09 said 9 years ago

    Great article, I will take these ideas to heart!

  • PaperParasolDesigns

    PaperParasolDesigns said 9 years ago

    Yes! Presentation is everything!

  • SeasideElegance

    SeasideElegance said 9 years ago

    Pretty packaging is a great first impression!

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 9 years ago

    Great article! Might I ad that unisex packaging is very important too. My company packaging consists of pink boxes secured with ribbon and a handmade box tag. However, 25% of my business is suddenly guys! You see the dilemma, I'm sure. :)

  • toriska

    toriska said 9 years ago

    I really need to work on my packaging, I currently just send in a white box with some gray shredded paper. I had a customer ask me if I included some sort of special bag to store my clutches in, and it got me thinking. I might start making some simple drawstring bags.

  • HandiworksbyJanice

    HandiworksbyJanice said 9 years ago

    My avatar is my special packaging that comes with every order.....I have had many clients respond in such a nice way about how their purchase arrived! I agree that it is really important. Thanks for your post!

  • lbvcards

    lbvcards said 9 years ago

    Wow, awesome packaging ideas. Love it all!

  • ravenglassgirl

    ravenglassgirl said 9 years ago

    I'm impressed with this amazing site and all the great info and support you offer everyone.

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 9 years ago

    Nice I Like

  • lithiascreations

    lithiascreations said 9 years ago

    Im so glad I was ahead of the game! :) What great packaging ideas!

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon said 9 years ago

    I always love wrapping up my paintings!

  • DazyJane9

    DazyJane9 said 9 years ago

    I have to say I fell behind at blogging... but I just finished! "Yippee!!!" So I will be catching up Keep up the great work everyone!!

  • RitzeeRebel

    RitzeeRebel said 9 years ago

    I love prettying up packages for buyers, this is helpful. Thanks!

  • thefinaltouchvintage

    thefinaltouchvintage said 9 years ago

    Love it all!

  • NSpottery

    NSpottery said 9 years ago

    I love brown paper packages tied up with string! (*wink*) Such pretty packing supplies above! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • naughteebits

    naughteebits said 9 years ago

    love this! AND i just picked up the last of my packing supplies yesterday, i'm on point, whoopie!

  • HideaHeart

    HideaHeart said 9 years ago

    Yes! Yes! Packaging sets the mood of the buyer for opening the surprise inside!

  • littlemadeleines

    littlemadeleines said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous! Love the packaging ideas! Thanks.

  • withlovecrochet

    withlovecrochet said 9 years ago

    Wow! I went out a bought some packaging today. I can't wait to start shipping things out!

  • birchbaykay

    birchbaykay said 9 years ago

    Thanks, Danielle. I think buyers do enjoy it when someone has put a little extra time and effort in unique packaging. After reading your article, I'm going to come up with something special, instead of merely functional.

  • BellaFantasia

    BellaFantasia said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for these fantastic ideas. Very inspiring!

  • TopiaryDesigns

    TopiaryDesigns said 9 years ago

    Wahoo!!! Somehow I fell so far behind I ended up in front! I was feeling discouraged about boot camp but excited about the holidays, shopping for presents, wrapping and decorating so I created and added all my packaging to my listings last night. Mwahahahahahaha. Don't ask me why but I felt like that deserved an evil laugh.

  • DASHandFIN

    DASHandFIN said 9 years ago

    SOOO many good ideas, it's hard to pick THE one! I agree that making your item's packaging unique, attractive, and fun is so important. Happy holiday selling!

  • TheRoyalDetails

    TheRoyalDetails said 9 years ago

    Such a relevant topic for me as I am contemplating how to take my pacakging to the next level. Thanks!

  • asioriginals

    asioriginals said 9 years ago

    To me, packaging is as important as the product in it. I take pride in that I took it into consideration when I decided to sell through Etsy. I intend to enhance it with probably custom-made boxes, Thank You cards, etc. as the business grows. I enjoy something well presented, whether I'm giving or receiving it.

  • emmabeadolney

    emmabeadolney said 9 years ago

    Wow, I just finished stamping my boxes this week. I was determined not to go broke with packaging so I purchased bulk boxes from, very reasonable prices. Bought a stamp making kit, found letters in similar script as my logo, ink in the same logo color, added a fabric ribbon done! and I did not bust the bank.

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 9 years ago

    Great advice...I need improvement here...

  • ontherocksgems

    ontherocksgems said 9 years ago

    Love all the etsy hints and tips. I finally found a great product to box my jewelry...and the holiday boot camp booted me right into gear! I'm new on etsy and still trying to get the feel of things...oh, and holiday boot camp help me focus attention on making a banner and avatar. I am NOT tech savvy - but I stayed with it and won that fight. Now if Santa would only bring me a camera for Christmas...maybe my photographs will get better-lol-Thanks for being in the trenches with us

  • darleneflood

    darleneflood said 9 years ago

    I'm always impressed with a personal note.......Also a sample of what to expect from an item yet to be ordered............Colored tissue is always a nice packaging beauty....This was a great article...Thanks

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  • Angelof2

    Angelof2 said 9 years ago

    We find pleasure in packing our items. Hope our customers appreciate the added touch when they receive purchase. We have not posted how we package to site but it on our to do list.

  • GemstonesByBren

    GemstonesByBren said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! ;-)

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 9 years ago

    great advice! my customers are treated to gorgeous gift wrapping and packaging all year round :) after all, buying online is a treat for them and a privilege for me, to be able to do this from home

  • TheCakeStandBoutique

    TheCakeStandBoutique said 9 years ago

    packaging does make all the difference...thanks for the advice!

  • madebydawnrenee

    madebydawnrenee said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration in making sure my items are packaged with that special touch!

  • pinararpaci

    pinararpaci said 9 years ago

    Very nice! Love it.

  • alohaletterpress

    alohaletterpress said 9 years ago

    Great posting on packaging! Thank you so much for the tips.

  • FlutterbyeNotes

    FlutterbyeNotes said 9 years ago

    I'm offering free gift wrap for the holidays, and I think I might just keep doing it. I really like the way it looks when it goes out. Most of the cards I sell are purchased as gifts, so having it ready to go is a bonus for the customer. I purchased some craft butcher paper from Xpedx and it was super cheap, I think .12 a foot. Then I tie some twine around it and a cute stamp on the outside. Thanks for your ideas Etsyians!

  • AdeloCreations

    AdeloCreations said 9 years ago

    Very nice article, with great comments too! I have spent one month searching the concept of my packaging before even launching my shop! I also believe that a first good impression is added value to an already good gift.

  • chlozer

    chlozer said 9 years ago

    Great Ideas, thankyou

  • discerningchichi

    discerningchichi said 9 years ago

    Thanks Danielle - am always on the lookout for inspiring ways of packaging!

  • lalalandArt

    lalalandArt said 9 years ago

    thank you for sharing these tips! they are very useful!

  • yjennings

    yjennings said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for the great ideas!!

  • ninasgirls

    ninasgirls said 9 years ago

    Great advice, thanks for sharing!!!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 9 years ago

    Lovely examples! And great tip about the glitter. The decoration that keeps on giving. And giving. And...

  • Lumm

    Lumm said 9 years ago

    I always pay a lot of attention to packaging, agree that it´s very important :-)

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the great ideas. Here's one more tip that I'd like to add....since a lot of our sales are for gifts, make the packaging easy to open and rewrap. If you're like me, you want to SEE your purchase before you gift it to someone so you need to be able to put it back together again without a big deal. : )

  • vuedesign

    vuedesign said 9 years ago

    Great ideas - and I've always agreed it's a first hand "first impression" which is so important for our customers. I would be very interested to hear ideas about shipping clothing/garments - as so many of these iedeas were regarding smaller items. Anyone??

  • KooKooCraft

    KooKooCraft said 9 years ago

    great tip, thanks!

  • EndlessAlley

    EndlessAlley said 9 years ago

    Love the many ideas!!! Being new to selling on line your tips are a perfect starting point to help me to create a signature look for myself. And like "vuedesign" I am interested in creative way to package larger items.

  • ErnstEarthWorks

    ErnstEarthWorks said 9 years ago

    Great, creative ideas! I struggle with how to package my pottery in a way that is not only safe, but attractive. I'd love to see examples of how others are packaging fragile items in a way that is attractive.

  • DesiCloe

    DesiCloe said 9 years ago

    great ideas! Thank you for sharing!

  • FireHorseTextiles

    FireHorseTextiles said 9 years ago

    Thoughful packaging shows how much the seller cares about their items. It really is the finishing touch. I try to wrap nicely, with cellophane and raffia or brown paper and yarn. I include a little page of stickers (six on a page, from a book of 90 stickers) from They are cute and you can feature your other products on them.

  • WhatsernameJewelry

    WhatsernameJewelry said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the great ideas. I never thought to order stamping supplies on etsy. I assumed I would have to go to a business supply store. Can't wait to start my search.

  • couve

    couve said 9 years ago

    oh i so love those packaging ideas!

  • berlinerkindl

    berlinerkindl said 9 years ago

    Thanks, Danielle, great ideas as always. I'm going to offer gift wrapping now. I already have sticker to put on my items and put a business card with a thank-you note with it.

  • joyoustreasures

    joyoustreasures said 9 years ago

    Wow, great post! Can't believe my blogpost "Packaging Affordably" got mentioned too, thanks!

  • JMMStudios

    JMMStudios said 9 years ago

    I want my customers to know that I really appreciate them and I want their experience to be fun. If I can provide that with a little time and effort on my part I'm all in!Love the inspiration!

  • StellarRelics

    StellarRelics said 9 years ago

    It took me a little while to make my packaging exactly how I wanted it, but I finally did it! I found the coolest shop right here on Etsy ("cubid"), and he makes these adorable white pillow boxes and even adds my shop banner to the front with brilliant color! I have matching "thank you" stickers for the outside of my shipping envelope and matching business them!!

  • Gemstonesonmymind

    Gemstonesonmymind said 9 years ago

    Such great ideas! I totally agree, as I can remember special packaging myself, even from large retailers...thanks!

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 9 years ago

    We take pride in our packaging but we don't share any photos so that it's a surprise. We always offer complimentary gift wrap with every purchase because it really makes a difference. Plus, the gift's all ready to give!

  • LCVintageJewelry

    LCVintageJewelry said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the tip on the USPS supplies! It's always hard when you get to the post office and they don't have your size box!

  • mandymoomoo

    mandymoomoo said 9 years ago

    I love ordering on Etsy because so many sellers do wrap my purchase so beautifully in such creative ways, its like getting a present! But, this article reminded me that while waiting for my 1st sale I should be preparing to wrap items just as well :)

  • shannamastersdesigns

    shannamastersdesigns said 9 years ago

    As they say..."presentation is EVERYTHING!" Thank you, as always, for the great information.

  • kfranks

    kfranks said 9 years ago

    What great ideas! Thanks! I hope to be as creative with my packaging.

  • Brendasdesigns1961

    Brendasdesigns1961 said 9 years ago

    Thanks for all your help with tips and advise. Hope to come up with a nice way to package my snowflakes. You have helped me a lot.

  • kellyscreationsofkc

    kellyscreationsofkc said 9 years ago

    Thanks, Danielle!

  • nutmeghatlady

    nutmeghatlady said 9 years ago

    As an Etsy buyer, I'd like to share my two cents: My first priority is that the package and its contents arrive intact. This seems like it should be a given, but take it from someone who has opened her share of rain-soaked packages: The folks who wrap/package with a recognition that "weather happens" get an A+ from me! After that, once I have opened the outer package, my priority is the item(s) ordered. Having purchased several hundred items on Etsy in the past few months (ok, I'm addicted), I can tell you that there are a few sellers who take the time to create a delightful experience for me every time! Little touches like putting the items in cello bags, maybe a sticker or a few strands of some pretty shread, or even a little pretty tissue paper wrapped around the item and tied with twine, go a long way toward making me ooh and ahh over my latest Etsy purchase. One seller includes a piece of candy - so sweet (LOL)! Sometimes a little something extra is thrown in, which is also a real treat. I like it when the seller hand-writes 'thank you' somewhere - anywhere - in the package, for example on the packing slip. Which brings me to my final comment. I have received at least 100 packages from Etsy sellers with nothing but the merchandise shoved inside a mailer or box. NO INDICATION of what shops it's from! No copy of my order. No business card. They took the time to create a handmade piece, then just shoved it in a box. Imagine me trying to find the time to match the item against my online list of purchases to figure out what I ordered, when, from whom...I sometimes give up. Among the unfortunate consequences are: feedback that is very late (or that never comes), and reduced chance of repeat business because I don't know who you are! So to sum it up: I definitely notice and am biased in favor of sellers who make the entire experience special, and that includes the packing/presentation. Etsy sellers are already creative, and some go the extra mile and I can't wait to find their packages at my door! But for those who choose to keep things basic, that's ok, I only ask, please - help me out by at least including SOMETHING - ANYTHING - that tells me which shop I ordered this item from! With affection from an enthusiastic Etsy supporter, "my two cents", Karen

  • SavoyFaire

    SavoyFaire said 9 years ago

    Great ideas! I make envelope/bags from scraps of fabric to place my cuff bracelets in as dust bags they can use to store it in. Eco friendly and pretty.

  • carriveau

    carriveau said 9 years ago

    Thank you again so very much :) Love the felt envelopes! The idea of putting handmade is a nice touch too. Love it!!!!! I found a cute stamp that had a turkey and turkey feet that I stamped on the outside of my packages. my turkey place card holders where inside. I tried to do something different based on your tips. You are making a difference in helping me. Thank you.:)

  • jtopolski

    jtopolski said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the great article!

  • TheScrapBasket

    TheScrapBasket said 9 years ago

    Thanks for all the advice and good tips. I already do several of the things mentioned, but have learned a few new things too. It's always good to keep learning! Thanks for all the help.

  • Whitedogwatercolours

    Whitedogwatercolours said 9 years ago

    I'm a 2 week old etsy baby and loving it. All you wonderfully creative artists inspire me. I take care to send my art to customers packaged well and with a bit of a flair. Now I will be doing more. My son said to his little son that the real gift from me was in the wrapping. I loved his comment. Folks do appreciate the presentation.

  • MsBittyKnacks

    MsBittyKnacks said 9 years ago

    Great articles!!!!Just inspired me with more ideas on how to dress when delivering!!

  • CompAndHandDone

    CompAndHandDone said 9 years ago

    Yes, this is definitely something to keep in mind. I’m rather new to all of this and being a man it is something I haven’t given much or any thought to. I think function not presentation when it comes to packaging. Thanks Danielle for the article and also a special thanks to Karen (a.k.a. nutmeghatlady) for what she pointed out.

  • mapdoja

    mapdoja said 9 years ago

    Reusable packaging is always a nice way to ship something. It's earth friendly and the buyer gets the item they've purchased plus a little extra.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    This is all so true and it makes a big difference. I'm going to order me some custom made stickers to put on all of my packages and on the back of my artwork.

  • earnestefforts

    earnestefforts said 8 years ago

    I am currently shopping for the best prices on Caremail mailers by Duck Products. Made in the US, 95% recycled content and the inside is padded with paper instead of bubble wrap. Bought some at Staples and loved them, so now we're looking for the best distributor. Check them out. They look really nice and simple as well. Thanks for the article. Take care, be good & kind, and don't forget to laugh.

  • Rsivells

    Rsivells said 8 years ago

    great article keep them coming :)

  • elitas

    elitas said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for a great article!

  • JackieLAdams

    JackieLAdams said 8 years ago

    I have gift wrap galore and LOVE to use it. It is so essential for adding that personal touch.

  • Oceanpeg

    Oceanpeg said 8 years ago

    Interesting and informative.

  • BelieveJewelrySupply

    BelieveJewelrySupply said 8 years ago

    When I started my store, I basically had tissue paper for packaging. I have always included a business card. But, recently, with the help of a fellow etsy store owner, I stocked up on pretty boxes and organza bags too!! Nutmeghatlady: Thank you for your insight as a buyer! Much appreciated! :)

  • TheGildedTassel

    TheGildedTassel said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the info...will put to use:)

  • Vintageamour

    Vintageamour said 8 years ago

    very nice...thanks for the great ideas!

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 8 years ago

    I must confess, packaging stuff up for my customers is almost my favourite part of the whole selling process! I just think it's lovely to open something up and be pleasantly surprised~ Thanks for a great article yet again. :^) Heidi

  • alterdesigns

    alterdesigns said 8 years ago

    Packaging is So important thanks for all the ideas

  • TwilightVisions

    TwilightVisions said 8 years ago

    One packaging I make is using recycled brown paper grocery bags and stamping it up with decorative stamps so that it looks like wrapping paper and using twine or colored hemp as the ribbon and a little hang tag i make from card stock that says "thank you". Everyone seems to love it:)

  • fashionL

    fashionL said 8 years ago

    great ideas thanks!!

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article. I lovingly make my packages as pretty as the contents!! I usually get a comment on the feedback and a personal convo ;) I think it is very important!! The first time I bought something on etsy, I was shock to received such an ugly well used a couple of times box, I agreed with recycling, however, they could have done something! It was disappointing... probably because I spend long time wrapping mine! By the way, I have purchase again and again, and got a couple cute packages :)

  • backbaybeads

    backbaybeads said 8 years ago

    Packaging is your first, physical impression. I don't make the items I sell, so packaging is where I get to be creative. Enjoy everybody!

  • challenevi

    challenevi said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for this article! I try to make great packing as well and this makes me want to do even better!

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  • VintageParisMarket

    VintageParisMarket said 8 years ago


  • mangosteenjewelry

    mangosteenjewelry said 8 years ago

    It would be really helpful if there were a packaging category under supplies. It's no fun slogging through "commercial"

  • TatusWelle

    TatusWelle said 8 years ago


  • darkandtwistydesigns

    darkandtwistydesigns said 8 years ago

    Very good idea! I was planning to offer gift wrap for a small additional charge, but I think it's worth trying to make every package special, gift wrapping or no.

  • underanewlight

    underanewlight said 8 years ago

    so cute I love those packing ideas! Now working on my recycled packing:)

  • divacraze

    divacraze said 8 years ago

    I've been wanting to come up with some new ideas for packaging! thanks for the great info!

  • alejandracc

    alejandracc said 8 years ago

    Lovely, I love packaging, I always think I'm wrapping a gift to someone special, thank you for the ideas :)

  • ReyesRobledo

    ReyesRobledo said 8 years ago

    Great! I am still working on my packaging and this article has given me so many ideas! -thanks

  • InspiringInterludes

    InspiringInterludes said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great ideas! Just in time to try out a few ideas for the holiday season.

  • sagebrush12

    sagebrush12 said 8 years ago

    I appreciate all the tips. Several I had not thought of and will have to give them a try. Thanks so much!

  • mammamiaeme

    mammamiaeme said 8 years ago

    I'd like to thank ou for this guiding article!

  • TheDreadedBagLady

    TheDreadedBagLady said 8 years ago

    I generally use recycled packaging materials but I'll be making fancy packages for the holiday too!

  • sugartreecreek

    sugartreecreek said 8 years ago

    I love to put a little fold out 'happy thought' from compendium in my packages. It's like a surprise warm fuzzy! Like a fortune cookie with a hug inside!

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 8 years ago

    Spot on! I have fallen in love with some of my Etsy purchase packages. I have adjusted mine a bit to keep safe from the weather (important point brought up by another poster here). I use poly bags waterproof) that come with bubble wrapped lining so I can wrap up my goodies in a fabric bag or tissue with a pretty ribbon and when it arrives to the buyer it's like opening a pretty gift, or so I hope it feels like that to them! I don't need any extra layers of bubble wrap, it's all part of the poly bag! Ta da! ; >

  • fanfreluxe

    fanfreluxe said 8 years ago

    Great job, Danielle! Thanks!

  • ashdel

    ashdel said 8 years ago

    New packaging designed and made by ashdel handmade!

  • nellyvansee

    nellyvansee said 8 years ago

    Yes!!! Packaging is SUPER important. I always pack everything like a gift, with just simple silk paper, a bow, a thank you card with a hand written note and buisness card. I always put my jewelry in some cute little pouch also, which you can keep to store your piece when your not using it. When I buy something, I like to receive it well wrap, it shows you care about your product. There is nothing I hate more then just getting the item placed naked in a bubble envelope, means nothing to me...

  • gabeadz

    gabeadz said 8 years ago

    Great article!! Thanks Danielle

  • antiquetochic

    antiquetochic said 8 years ago

    great advice! Keeping this on hand for future reference!

  • scoopofsugarpaper

    scoopofsugarpaper said 8 years ago

    omg i love this article!! thanks.

  • farragio

    farragio said 8 years ago

    I really appreciated this article. Lots of good advice that I'll be keeping in mind. One thing I was a little confused about, the part where it says "you can order packaging supplies from USPS for free". The way it's worded makes it sound like the supplies are free. Can someone clarify?

  • EinhornGems

    EinhornGems said 8 years ago

    Interesting article! I have one question. You said that you can order packing supplies from USPS for free. How is it free? Do you mean they offer free shipping with purchase of packing supplies? Do I have to register as a Reseller first? Help!

  • todidesign

    todidesign said 8 years ago

    Great tips! Love this article. Thank you!

  • ClosetGothic

    ClosetGothic said 8 years ago

    Nice reading - thank you!

  • southernroadscanvas

    southernroadscanvas said 8 years ago

    Wonderful packaging, never thought of that! Thanks!

  • lovelytrifles

    lovelytrifles said 8 years ago

    very interesting ideas! Thanks!!!!

  • ShineCraft

    ShineCraft said 8 years ago

    I haven't had a sale yet so this is good for me to think about. I like those felt play mail tags.

  • calmmoon

    calmmoon said 8 years ago

    I love Wrapping and packaging!

  • SBEarthenworks

    SBEarthenworks said 8 years ago

    I love these ideas, but I find it difficult, selling pottery, to make packaging 'pretty.' My main concern is making sure the item or items makes it to the buyer intact and unmarred, and it is difficult to reconcile 'lovely' and 'well-packed' without a noticeable amount of additional cost to the buyer (packaging costs and additional shipping costs). Any clever ideas for Etsyans selling larger, more breakable items? Thanks.

  • jilldredge

    jilldredge said 8 years ago

    Thank you all for great ideas. I am off to buy a "Thank you" stamp, card stock, ribbon, and a few things to jazz up my cards, prints when they are shipped!

  • GoodLookinTreasures

    GoodLookinTreasures said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips, Danielle. As always, your articles are so helpful!

  • hrblexpressions

    hrblexpressions said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the great ideas. I need to learn how to package better!

  • TeardropHankys

    TeardropHankys said 8 years ago

    This article is so timely ! I'm just getting started and working out all the details, shipping and packaging are a big one...especially since my items are a little larger. I sew decorative pillows and ship them with a pillow insert, so my customer is excited with a finished & stuffed pillow when they open my box. Trying to keep the cost down for me and my customer while offering a nice presentation is part of the whole handmade/creative shopping experience. Are there any suggestions, tips for shipping & packaging of larger items ? I really appreciate and could use some input on this ! Thank you all for great comments.

  • annechristinedesigns

    annechristinedesigns said 8 years ago

    Some very good ideas to keep in mind. So much time spent on making the product, we often forget the details in the packaging. Since our items are asian inspired, we have created a variety of photo collage of pictures from our travels with our shop name at the top, using an online photo shop, and use a Thank You stamp on the back. It's a way of spreading our inspiration.

  • BettyVonBat

    BettyVonBat said 8 years ago

    This is very informative

  • SweetlyScrappedArt

    SweetlyScrappedArt said 8 years ago

    Time to revamp what I am doing.... I am inspired. Good thing I've already had my second cup of coffee & am ready to go! woohoo! Thanks :)

  • DazyJane9

    DazyJane9 said 8 years ago

    Wonderful info "Thank you!" :)

  • Alearea

    Alearea said 8 years ago

    Wonderful ideas, but how would you wrap something like a candle? They are fragile, but they can melt as well, and they can be odd in shape.

  • karmicstone

    karmicstone said 8 years ago

    I spend almost as much time packaging my hand carved stone art as i do carving. I have seen forst hand what a great a great impression it makes and the feedback has been terrific. This is a very important detail well worth the time and effort! During the holidays i offer my "cutom karmic gift packaging" at no cost.

  • patsimmons

    patsimmons said 8 years ago

    My usual request is for some type of waterproofing inside the mailing box. On countless occasions, my mail carrier has left mail sitting in water inside the mailbox which he leaves open or sitting on the ground below the mailbox if it's too large to fit. On these occasions, the insides have arrived soaked when some kind of waterproof barrier between the box and the contents could have saved it. Lovely packing materials are appreciated, but just saying ...

  • dasweetzpot

    dasweetzpot said 8 years ago

    these are all wonderful ideas! and I agree, priority number one is that the merchandise arrives safely to our customers. Recently, one of our customer told us that she was going to use the potato pouch she purchased from us to 'wrap' her gifts, and then the recipient of her gift could 're-use' her 'gift bag' for its intended purpose, the microwave! we thought that was a fantastic idea, and will use that idea to promote the pouch in 2011!!

  • crgccreations

    crgccreations said 8 years ago

    Great ideas!! Thanks!!!!!

  • AmistrVintage

    AmistrVintage said 8 years ago

    Pretty packaging!

  • Giftsnknicknacks

    Giftsnknicknacks said 8 years ago

    I am very new to this business. I have been thinking in the line of ECO FRIENDLY gift wrapping. Your input has many pointers and useful ones too! I also learned the importance of display, and I think I did a good job of the last entry. Always looking for a critical appreciation. That is the only way to learn.

  • HappenTreePapeterie

    HappenTreePapeterie said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing the ideas with us!

  • vividviolets

    vividviolets said 8 years ago

    I recycled old packaging where possible as I cannot often afford to buy new

  • Hilliker

    Hilliker said 8 years ago

    love this! so useful. i'll put it to good use this year..

  • ArtistSwitchPlates

    ArtistSwitchPlates said 8 years ago

    one thing i'd like to add is that you can sometimes find padded envelopes at your local radio station! if you're lucky, the station is into recycling/reusing, too, and they are careful not to rip it all up when getting to the cd's. our public radio station, KBUT, has an on-air announcement: "KBUT HAS FREE PADDED ENVELOPES, AND PLENTY OF THEM!" so just call them up and ask them to save them for you!

  • VintageMannequin

    VintageMannequin said 8 years ago

    This is Super cute! Thanks for sharing

  • vintageprecious

    vintageprecious said 8 years ago

    oh this is wonderful!!

  • lenlenn

    lenlenn said 8 years ago

    thank you!

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