This tutorial on how to Store Seed Beads in Plastic Straws looks to be an economical and compact method of storing small quantities of different seed beads. It would also be an attractive way to package a gift to a fellow beader.
Next time I have to travel anywhere I am going to try it. I figure the jiggling my travel habits give, will test this type of container to the limit. That said it not only appears to be an economical way of storing seed beads but you can see how much you have of what colour and what size they are.