If your craft skills are low, stick with the tags I’ve described to date. If you’re seriously artistic, you don’t need my suggestions. If you’re in between, here are some trickier gift tag options you may enjoy making:
- Cut Christmas tree shapes from paper or cloth and glue onto coloured backgrounds. You can add sequins or stars or buttons for baubles.
- Or do Christmas wreaths in a similar manner.
- Cut paper lace snowflakes and glue those onto card.
- Make holly leaves from green card and add red beads or sequins as berries.
- Do a decoupage thing with a photo of the recipient on one side of the tag and the giver on the other (and you may avoid the need for words entirely).
At Matthew’s birthday dinner last night, Cassidy refused birthday cake. I know she’s not eating sugar but I think she could have been a bit more gracious. And what will we do if everyone gives up sugar? How could you do a savoury birthday cake? Would it be a cheese and bacon loaf with hummus instead of icing? I just can’t see anyone making that into a teddy bear shape for a kid’s birthday.
 Or if you’re seriously quirky. Just after he left uni, my friend Todd used liqueur miniatures as gift tags for his family presents and he didn’t write on them: he just matched the initials. So the kirsch was for Katy and advocaat was for Andrew (and the maraschino was for his mother which was a bit of a stretch because her name is Norma).
 Or not.
 If you don’t mind snömys.
 Again, this is not for snömy-phobes. (Or for those who try to lead a sequin-free life.)
 This is particularly good for toddlers (and particularly bad for people who feel they are not photogenic).