Thrifted Trays {Chalkboard paint + gifts}

On a recent trip through a favorite thrift store, my eyes spied a stack of wood trays in good but worn condition. With a great price of only $4, I knew they would be mine to prettify and use as gifts for Dearies. 

Thrifted trays remake. SugarBeans.org

I took the three trays and spray painted the sides and handles in varying colors. Once the sides were dry, I taped the sides to free up the bottom of the trays for two layers of chalkboard paint. Then the special notes in chalk were ready to be penned. 

The three trays stacked after their colorful transformations. 

The three trays stacked after their colorful transformations. 

The yellow tray was used for a friend's birthday gifts. 

Simple + sweet.

Simple + sweet.

The next tray was used as a Thank You-- it was loaded with tons of pumpkin goodies.

Thank you tray + gifts. SugarBeans.org
Chalkboard tray + gift. SugarBeans.org

The pink tray has yet to be given away, but it's ready to spread some cheer the moment an occasion arises. This tray will be a perfect addition to our Gift Closet. Meaningful + Handmade gifts don't have to cost a fortune to be thoughtful. Sometimes simple is best. 

Do any of you have a closet where you keep small gifts handy?? 

If so, what are some small gifts you include in your stash??