This easy-to-make, unusual, and interactive little holiday gift (originally offered on Too Good to be Threw, The Premiere Site for Professional Resalers) has proven very popular with many resale shopkeepers. It’s certainly
something your customers’ little ones won’t receive from a big box or chain store!
Here’s something that your clients, and their children, can have fun doing. It’s inexpensive, Earth-friendly, and it gets you and your shop out there in the community for the holiday season! Hope your customers enjoy this, with best wishes to you and your shop from www.tgtbt.com
- Construction paper (red and green only, or assorted colors)
- Zip-lock baggies
- Your shop’s business card, to enclose in each baggie
- The PDF of this Advent poem (1 copy for every Advent Chain Gift you plan to give away. These are designed to become a 4-up printed-front-and-back enclosure with instructions on one side, poem on the other. Don’t forget to add your shop info!)
Directions: Cut 24 pieces of construction paper into 1-inch by 6-inch strips* (use red and green paper, or assorted) for 24 links of an Advent chain. Package them in a baggie, along with the Advent poem and your business card, and hand them out to all your customers as a family project. If you want to make it really special, you can add a glue stick, but to keep costs down to basically nothing, just the poem and the strips make a wonderful gift!
Could a gift be any simpler? If you have (or can borrow) a paper-cutter to create the strips, these gifts can be assembled in a snap…
* They used to sell pre-gummed strips for paper chains. If they still do in your area, use them, and you can assemble hundreds of these unique little holiday gifts in an evening!
Variations on the theme:
This craft-blogger made a reusable version of our chain!
And this one wrote a holiday activity on the inside of each link, to do every day.
I like the star of David header on this chain.
This version includes A to Z messages on the inside of the links, which slowly assemble a Christmas poem.