This week at a local discount drug store I found children's sand pail/shovel sets on sale for a quarter. I bought several for gift containers for anticipated showers in the near future.
For 3 baby showers a variety of small infant items will be tucked in a pail and covered with a small mesh laundry bag for corralling little socks in the washing machine. The mesh bag will be stitched in yarn with the word "Baby". A simple bow then can be attached as well.
The pail can be used as a small toy box for Baby's little rattles and blocks now and later as a sand pail.
For a wedding shower, a variety of cleaning supplies will be gathered in a pail without the shovel. This will be covered on top with a dish cloth and bow. The pail will provide a kitchen pail for small cleaning jobs.
No gift wrap will be needed with these and everything can be used by the recipient.