Gifts from the Gas Station

November 26, 2020

gift boxChristmas is coming and that means it’s time to start getting gifts. However, it can be pretty exhausting coming up with original present ideas for the people you love! One thing we love is a gift box: a selection of small presents arranged in a beautiful box or hamper that’s a joy to open. The great thing about them is that they can be built around a theme, from food and drink to beauty and gardening, and can use items picked up from the most surprising places. 

If you’re looking for a last-minute, easy gift that will put a smile on the face of any car lover, we’ve got just what you need. You can make an amazing automobile-themed gift box using things found at any Co-op gas station. For a friend who’s just got a new car or a family member who loves anything auto, or to the teen who’s just gotten their first ride, we’ve got some awesome tips to help you build a unique gift box that’s as fun as it is useful. 

How to Build Your Gift Box
Building a gift box is almost as much fun as receiving one! Start with the container: you can use a specially designed gift box or a hamper basket. If it’s not already decorated, think about tying a satin ribbon around it or adding some fun stickers. Another option is to use a basket or reusable storage box; this doubles as an organizer bin for the trunk or back seat! 

When you’re building the box, make sure to put larger items at the bottom and be sure not to crush any delicate items under heavier pieces. If you’ll be giving a hamper basket, these are generally left open and you can have a great time setting it up. Think of arranging your items in a fan shape, with larger items making up the background, and smaller pieces in the foreground. Ideally, you want all the objects to be visible, as this makes for a really attractive effect. 

When it comes to wrapping, the choice is yours. You can either individually wrap the gifts in themed paper or leave them unwrapped so the receiver can instantly see what they’re getting. Using coloured cellophane makes a really lovely effect and you can either individually wrap each item or place a cellophane cover over the whole hamper, topped off with a ribbon.  

car accessoriesIdeas for a Car Lover’s Gift Box
We’ve got so many ideas for little presents to put inside your car lover’s gift box and the best thing about them is they can all be picked up with a quick stop at your neighbourhood Calgary Co-op gas station. 

For many of us, our car is like an extension of our home and with the way things are at the moment, there are a few things we need to have always at hand: Wet wipes to keep sticky little hands or a wayward splash of Coke from wreaking havoc on the car interior, add some extra face masks and mini hand-sanitizers, because we always need them. You can even include a luxurious hand cream for them to put on while waiting at traffic lights and counteract the drying effect of all that hand-sanitizing and washing. 

A mini multi-screwdriver can be a lifesaving tool and is a great addition to your car lover’s box; they can keep it in the glove box and whip it out whenever a problem arises. Other car maintenance essentials to add include a lock de-icer (indispensable on freezing winter mornings), extra windshield washer fluid (they’ll thank you for this), a snow brush or ice scraper and some Turtle Wax cleaning wipes, which are amazing at tackling mess in the car.  

For friends who tend to spend a lot of time in the car, slip in some extra charging cables for phones and tablets, a good travel mug for hot coffee on long journeys and some little car snacks such as gums and candies.  

5Pack Premium2Finally, don’t forget a gas gift card—because who couldn’t use gas money! —and a Gift Pack of Co-op car wash coupons to help them keep their vehicle spic and span.  

We know your car-loving friend is going to adore and appreciate their thoughtful and unique gift box. The good news is that it’s simple and super convenient to assemble, with all the pieces available in your local gas station. A few personal touches and some decorative elements and you’ve got yourself an awesome present for someone special. 

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