It isn't unusual for my store to take items out of the box to wrap them. I use gift paper, paper bags and homemade tags and bows to give items a more personal touch and my customers love it. So whatever way you give it the person receiving the gift doesn't know that the box was ruined only you do.
Fill it with Christmas balls, colorful candies, fruit and top with with a big bow!
If the vase is narrow enough wrap it in bubble wrap and put it in a wine bottle bag. They have lots of beautiful ones in dollar stores, Family Dollar, places like that.
Take it out of the box, put flowers in it, wrap a bow around it and..wah-la! So beautiful and fresh flowers at this time of year seem to be so much more special! Give it to the recipient as soon as you walk in the door!
Or take it out of the box, wrap it in lots of tissue paper and use a gift bag.
if you sew or can even use iron on fuzzing tape you can make a fabric bag and at the top just leave about 3-4 inches so you can wrap a satin ribbon around it in a bow. That way its pretty given and the bag can be used as a wine bottle cover or as a sachet bag for there drawers or closet and they can fill it with potpourie. If its a square shaped bow just lay the fabric under neath and cut of extra alround the box then just sew up the seams or iron closed with heat tape and do the same at the ends to close. Or even use the decorative fleece fabrics and just cut the ends about 3 inches in strips and knot tie then each. A really cute look. They can even you the bag to stuff with polyfill and use it as a tub head pillow roll or for travel as well. Merry Christmas :)
Can you cover it with contact paper? Use the broken box as a template to make a new one out of cardboard? Or just forgo the box entirely and use a gift bag?
Good luck! At least it is just the box -and not the contents that are battered!
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