Even if you can't make it to a friend or family member’s baby shower, you can still celebrate the joyous event. Enter the themed "shower in a box" -- a gift idea devised by Martha Stewart Living crafts editor Jodi Levine for parents-to-be who live far away. Mail a carton loaded with toys, nursery decor, keepsakes, funky baby staples, cute party things, and thoughtful treats for the mom. Top it all off with a bright helium-filled Mylar balloon to float up and out of the box -- like magic -- when she opens the package.
Embossed-foil decorations known as Dresdens (they were popularized in Germany in the 19th century) are perfect boxtoppers for homemade cardboard eggs filled with candy. Apply the metallic embellishments in a graphic grouping, or as a single focal point.