I have always thought that cigar boxes made great containers. Back when I was in elementary school, we used to keep our crayons and other supplies in them. Now they are especially colorful and are made of wood instead of cardboard. Cigar stores have them and will sell them to you for a very fair price. I decided to buy several in order to have them on hand for unusual gift containers. I found these at The Humidor Room, which is a dark, smoke-filled casbah on Hwy 280. The man who ran the store let me pilfer around until I found my favorites. These were $2.50 each.
There is the Romeo and Juliet scene on a brown background:
The fancy lady on a yellow background:
And another fancy lady. I want a headdress like hers. I need that headdress.
There is one slight drawback, though. It's that whole surgeon general's warning label:
Yeah, that's a downer on a gift container. Some peel off easily and some don't. You could always cover it with a fancy gift label or sticker.
I am good as long as the general of surgeons does not start giving warnings about chocolate cookies.