Design Idea A8S5 Present Topper

by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Over-The-Top Gift Toppers

It may be true that you can't judge a book by its cover, but gifts are definitely judged by their appearance. Put your creativity on display and get ready to collect compliments with over-the-top present décor that will have family and friends singing your praises. Your artistic talent will shine (and in some cases ring) with these festive additions to gift wrapping, including beads, bells, bracelets, ornaments, feathers and more. In fact, many of these ideas are not just gift toppers, they are also gifts in themselves. Just like any first impression, a beautifully wrapped gift sets the stage for a perfect gift presentation. Here are fun and easy ways to make gift toppers that are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Beads, Charms, Lockets and Pendants

Personalize a special gift by stringing the recipient's name in alphabet beads and adding holiday-themed and other meaningful charms for a handmade gift tag. Easily secure with ribbon or thread to the top of a gift box or tie to a gift bag. This beaded topper can also be tied and worn as a bracelet once the gift is opened.

Right in line with the popular vintage trend, lockets can be used as gift tags for presents. Attach with ribbon and include photos of the recipient or a gift message inside. Include a chain for an instant necklace. Have some extra wire? Create a monogram gift tag by forming the recipient's first initial out of wire and embellishing the wire with beads. Just add ribbon and you've got a beautiful gift tag and ornament.

Give gifts that everyone will want to open by tying a Swarovski pendant (such as a heart, butterfly, geometric shape or flower) to a gift tag using satin cord to create a pendant necklace. Or add a Swarovski pendant to a holiday cookie cutter for a festive gift topper and ornament all in one.

Bells, Bracelets, Brooches and Ornaments

Add some fun and jingle to gifts with bells. Choose from a wide selection of colors and sizes, and embellish with twine, ribbon, leather or rubber cord for a multitude of looks. Not only will the recipient have a festive gift presentation, they can also use the bells for holiday décor or Christmas ornaments.

Use ready-to-wear beaded bracelets, bangles and brooches in lieu of bows, providing a more eco-friendly embellishment. Instead of being thrown away, bracelets and brooches can be enjoyed beyond the gift opening. Browse a wide selection of economy-priced bracelets and brooches for stylish gift toppers and an unexpected treat. Decorative key rings can also make fun and useful gift toppers.

Have fun dressing up gift packages, cards or wrapping paper by adhering Swarovski flat back crystals or feather accents. Shop a large assortment of flat back crystals for the perfect touch of bling. Feathers, such as peacock, guinea and more, can add a sophisticated appeal.

Design Idea A8HU Ornament Make it a present to remember by topping it off with a beaded ornament. Embellish an existing ornament by adhering beads, pearls or flat back crystals. Or use ornament frames, available in festive shapes including stars and snowflakes, to create your own beaded works of art.

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