Nesting: Gift Tags

Gift tags add flair to presents, gift bags, and creatively wrapped packages. Throughout the year, when gifts are given, a saved gift tag can bring joy when repurposed as a bookmark or as a refrigerator decoration. Some people even tuck received gift tags into mirror edges as a morning reminder of the giver, the gift, and joy.

Gift tags likely originated centuries ago to communicate whom should receive a gift when the giver was not present. Gift tags made of cloth, leather, and paper have survived for decades.

Tags are used to label everything from cars to airplanes; food products to gifts. Tags are still found in clothing items to tell us the designer and give us care instructions; sometimes even telling us who owns the item. Tags come in millions of shapes and sizes. In fact, the hummingbird leg-tagging event last summer comes to mind as the smallest tag I’ve ever seen was fitted to bird legs for ongoing scientific research.

Today, gift tags come in the forms of stickers, paper, gift-card sleeves and envelopes, fabric bags and pouches. Gift tags might be hand-made (as found at or may be electronically designed and mass-produced anywhere in the world.

Gift tags help the receiver remember from whom the gift came, and to whom a thank you can be offered. I’ve seen brides struggle over the lost gift tag and knowing whom to thank. I’ve tucked present tags into jewelry boxes to remind me from whom the gift came.

This year, I’ve gifted friends with hand-made gift tags so that they have year-round tagging enjoyment! One friend even shared the photo of her tags in use (photo with this blog).

Top off your nicely wrapped gift with a decorative gift tag that can be cherished along with the gift itself. Choose gift tags that add joy and offer the potential of re-use and ongoing joy.

Nesting is about the objects and experiences that create a sense of home. Without home, it is difficult to maintain health, find joy, or to be productive. Enjoy the Nesting series of blogs on your search for and creation of a deep sense of home. –Jana

Jana Kemp

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