Can you believe it’s only a week from Christmas? Perhaps you’re one of those people who had gifts bought, wrapped, and under the tree by December 1st.
I am not one of those people.
I love gorgeously wrapped gifts, but typically find myself scrambling last minute and having to spend the better part of a day on the floor with some Scotch and scissors. (See what I did there?) BUT I do love pretty wrapped presents, especially ones that have a bit drama to them.
Today I want to share some of my go-to tips for wrapping, and I have a little gift for those of you who forgot to pick up gift tags at the store. (Because I do that EVERY year.)
TIPS FOR WRAPPING A GORGEOUS GIFT
1. Pick one paper for all the gifts.
This makes the overall appearance cohesive, so you can play with ribbon and embellishments. I used white butcher paper this year and brown kraft paper the last couple years. *I think mixing a couple papers is fun too, but sticking to one wrapping makes for a more themed look.
2. Use a variety of ribbon.
Make sure you get different widths, colors, and textures of ribbon. This lets you layer and add interest, so that each gift is slightly unique.
3. Use fabric scraps to add pattern and layers.
I am in LOVE with plaid right now, so I grabbed some bargain bin plaid fabric for $3. I cut strips and taped to the boxes before layering on ribbon. If you wanted to be super fancy, you could designate a different fabric for each person on your list.
4. Think outside the bow.
Yes, a classic bow is always a good call. But you can get creative and add other items to presents to finish them off. This year I chose tassels (available at any craft or fabric store).
Other fun substitutes for bows:
*yarn pom pom
*paper snowflake or doily
*dried greenery or rosemary
*paper or silk flower
Click to download the Plaid Gift Tags
PLAID GIFT TAG PRINTABLE
Here’s my little gift to you, friends. If you forgot to snag gift tags at the store, no worries! Just download, print, and cut.
*Use a single-hole punch at the top if you are tying instead of taping to presents.
*Printing on white card stock will work best.
*Designate a specific tag for each person on your list:)
FROM ME TO YOU
It will be quiet on the blog next week, but I’ll be sharing bits and pieces of our family holiday on Instagram.
While the holidays are usually a time when we get to slow down and enjoy family and traditions, it can also be a season that brings painful things to the surface. We might find ourselves very feeling raw and keenly aware of situations or relationships that we wish were different.
Even if it’s bittersweet, I pray that you’ll each experience some joy and hope this season. I want to send out lots of love and a virtual hug to each of you.