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How do you package your purchase?

How do you package your sold items? Lately I have been ordering quite a bit from Etsy for the holidays. I LOVE everything I've received. There's just one thing I've noticed with a lot of my purchases: There's no interesting packaging.
Items that I think should be in every order:

-Business card ... if the buyer LOVES their order (like I always do) then they may want to pass the card on to another interested buyer!

-Thank you note ... this will only take a minute to do, and I love a personal note when I purchase something. What better way to say thank you? Your product is handmade and this will add a personal touch!

-Cute packaging ... use old magazines and books to spruce up the look of an old boring box or package! I also like to draw on my packaging.

-Include instructions ... this isn't always necessary for every item sold, but some things DO need instructions. I did receive an item that I really needed instructions for, but they were not included. I figured it out, but I was worried I might destroy my purchase!

-Encourage recycling ... well, you don't have to do this, but I always leave a little note asking the buyer to please recycle or reuse the packaging if they can!
-Maybe a free gift ... I think its fun to, on occasion, include a free gift with purchases. Its a nice surprise to receive my order, and find an awesome extra little treat!

That's about all I have to offer at the moment, but please feel free to include your little bits of advice in the comment section!


Some Etsy how-to holiday links. Great ideas!
How-to Holidays 1
How-to Holidays 2
How-to Holidays 3


  1. Oh, I agree! A personal touch on a sold item is so important. A little note, a pretty tag, a ribbon tied in a bow, pretty tissue paper....all a nice way to say thank you for buying someone's product.

    I just ordered a book of quilt designs from a FL quilt shop and it was so nicely wrapped in a piece of tissue with pretty flowers on it. Nice touch!


  2. I fill an empty envelope (bwahaha) with little bits I've vintage playing cards, anything that will fit in there...I write thank you on the front and my etsy address. Depends on my mood how much I write. I may go real business cards or something more official...I sell mostly vintage and supplies, so my items aren't usually hand made. It's fun. I like to surprise people.

  3. Well said!
    I think I tick most boxes :)

  4. I totally agree! I'm so glad I do all of those! Well, except the instructions.

  5. I think packaging is very important, too.

    Here's a link to an Etsy packaging Flickr group:

    My packaging (for my vintage shop especially) is usually different for each order due to uniqueness. This is how I packaged up some vintage buttons:

    I also try to always use (clean) recycled shipping materials, and encourage the reuse of them...

    good post!

  6. Great post! I'm going to link to this post on my blog!