Could totally organize my daughter's desk using shoe boxes from having a shoe fetish haha.I knew all that shoe buying would come in handy :) could use my son's smaller shoe boxes for mini organizers for his coloring books!
I made the DIY shoe box organizer. It's not that hard and is a perfect idea for your gf's birthday, mine loved it.
Good idea for storing ribbon. Ribbon Organizer: Perhaps it's time to graduate from the shopping-bag school of organization. Ribbons will stay untangled and ready to use in this easily made box (a shoebox will do). From Martha Stewart.