The Zero-Effort Gift Topper that Always Impresses

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Feather broach gift topper Here's a quick tip for those of you who either aren't very crafty or just don't have a lot of time to wrap a gift, but who still want to give a present that looks awesome: use a pin or a broach as a gift topper.

You can pick up inexpensive ones from accessories stores like Ardene, Claire's or anywhere that sells trinket-like budget jewelry such as Joe Fresh or H&M. Or, for an extra special gift, splurge on a nice broach. Either way, the recipient gets a topper she can use again on another gift or use as a fashion accessory for herself.

Both gifts shown here feature pins that cost a couple bucks each (you know, part of one of those buy-five-for-$10 deals, or something equally cheap). I just stuck the sharp end of each pin through the paper and directly into the box lid so it would stay in place. Or if you've tied ribbon around the box, you can pin the broach to that.

With such a wide variety of pins in every style and colour imaginable, you can easily find one suitable for everyone on your gift list. Why not stock up on a bunch so you have them on hand and ready to go the next time you're wrapping presents?

Gift wrapped in handmade paper with orange flower/feather broach

+ Gift wrapping and photography by Corinna vanGerwen