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Stylish and Curated Gift Box Ideas from Target

If you’re just now realizing that Christmas is less than two weeks away but you still have a few names on your list then this is the post for you! Giving gifts is one of my favorite things to do but sometimes I get caught up in the craziness of the holidays and run short on time. There are a lot of stores that have pre-wrapped gift box collections but I also like to add a personal touch to the gifts I give. This year I decided I would try to knock out three curated gift box ideas – all in ONE trip to Target.  Yes, that’s right…one quick trip. Continue reading below to see gift box ideas for $8, $30, and $40 and be sure to click the links for the product sources so you can get your shopping done too!

This stylish “spa night” gift box is perfect for your bestie, momma, or girlfriend. For around $30 I was able to include a mini bottle of Barefoot bubbly, Hammond’s chocolate bar, nourishing Que Bella face mask, Zoella bath fizz, and a Peony Petals candle.  I laid all of the items on top of some filler inside a SugarPaper gift box and my first gift was complete. I think any girl would love to find this under their tree!

For the second gift box I went with a classic combo that one of your friends, boyfriend, or hubby might enjoy – a cocktail mix. Moscow mules have been popular for the last few years and traditionally are served in a copper mug however that’s not something everyone has on their bar cart back home.  For around $40 I was able to include two copper mugs, a jigger, and a Powell & Mahoney Ginger Beer mixer.  

This adorable gingerbread themed gift was one of my favorite to put together and was also the most budget friendly coming in at under $8. Target has the cutest mugs and this one even has a “mug cake” recipe on the back.  I added in a cookie cutter, white and brown paper filler, and put the items in a Sugarpaper gift box. 


Happy Holidays!




- Monica & Stephen

Where do I begin? If you're considering hiring Event Prep as a wedding planner, stop thinking and DO it. Cassandra was the BEST decision we made for our wedding day (besides each other, of course!) I was working full-time, in graduate school full-time, and trying to plan the wedding. Because of her, I was able to truly relax, especially on our wedding day, and live in the moment which I am so grateful for. We can’t thank her enough for helping to make our wedding day exactly as we had hoped and dreamed it would be! 

"The best decision we made"


- Elena & Nick

Event Prep is the best decision you can make for your wedding planning needs. Period. From the beginning vision phases, to the tough decision making moments, Cassandra is there not only as a seasoned professional but as a friend. There were times where I was at my wits end, and Cassandra became my place of peace and calm. She was always 10 steps ahead of the game and guided me in the right direction. She made me feel like my wedding was her only focus and her efforts showed through. My husband and guests were absolutely speechless at our ceremony and reception. They were truly blown away. None of it would've been possible without her. Simply put, Event Prep made my wedding dreams come true. 

"None of it would have been possible without her."

- Lauren & Todd

You will not be disappointed in your selection with Event Prep. Cassandra is the most professional, kind and bubbly spirit you’ll come in contact with.  We both have full time jobs and knew we would need all the extra help we could get.  Cassandra and Event Prep were the answers to my prayers! She made sure that we were all able to enjoy our day and not think twice about what needed to be accomplished. When I needed her, she was right there. I could not possibly fit a list of all the things Cassandra assisted with into this review. However, I can say she is a big reason I am able to look back on my wedding day with joy and happiness. Having the ability to focus on our guests and enjoy the most important day of our lives was priceless. 

"She is a big reason I am able to look back on my wedding day with joy and happiness."