not quite a hack, but if you're ever like linda, who gets her gift wrap ribbons tangled up, this is a nice way to keep your cords organised.
"i went to my favorite little thrift store and bought this glass sugar container for 50 cents. i had a hunch that the ikea string cording that i absolutely love would fit perfectly inside the container, enabling me to dispense the cording with ease as i wrapped a present. and it did! perfectly!"