I remember as a kid we had those cardboard gift tags that you had to use four pieces of tape to get to stick on the package and even then, you ended up with a pile of the tags minus the corresponding gift under the tree. Then, someone came up with the brilliant idea of making self-stick labels. I was a huge fan of these for quite a while, until one year when I ran out about mid-way through wrapping presents. Refusing to tape paper to a present again, I grabbed some blank labels from the office and just used those. That’s when the idea hit me. Why don’t I just print all of my own gift tags with basic mailing labels?
I asked my husband to help me create a design. We decided to put a picture of our family that we had used on our Christmas cards in the upper corner. This made it unnecessary to sign all of our names on the small tags because our picture was right there! We added a Merry Christmas message and a To: line leaving enough space to write the recipient’s name and we had our template.
We’ve used this same template for the past three years, just replacing the picture with a current family one. Now I never run out of labels because I just print another sheet! The recipients of our gifts really like the added personal touch on the package.
Here is our free template for you to use designed to work with Avery 18163 (or 8163) White Ink Jet Mailing Labels. Follow the steps on the first page of the attachment to customize for your family. I placed our Chica & Jo logo as a guide for where your picture should go.