I really, really love this:
(from this blog, copying her friend, all of which I found on whip up, whom we especially like because they carried Marian's miniature snowglobe tutorial last year)
She actually mails with them. I was thinking I'd just like it for wrapping gifts. You could do fancy stitches & stamps & such, but I just love the above. Though maybe I'd use green or purple thread. Smartie people--so simple, but so why-didn't-I-think-of-that?