Very little has ever passed through my house or hands without me visualizing alternative uses for the items. One of my lovely Christmas presents was packaged in a solid clear plastic tray with large circular holes. Aha! Gift from the gods! When I am at craft fairs, mugs of coffee are a big problem - where do you put them without the risk of being knocked or kicked over? I usually resort to a piece of kitchen towel out of sight but within reach.
Now I have the perfect solution, a strong, stable mini-tray - and there was space on the front to stick my own logo!