The aspect of Christmas that tends to be the most chaotic for me is shopping for and wrapping gifts. I tend to leave it to the last minute and part of that reason why is that I always think I may add just one more item to the gift.
So I wait to wrap it until it's too late, and I end up throwing the whole gift in a bag with tissue paper. Now, there is nothing wrong with that, but my creative side enjoys the wrapping process and I always regret not leaving enough time for it.
I recently shared a few apps and printable sheets to help organize your Christmas shopping list. Those will help me keep all the gifts straight this year, so I'm planning on having plenty of time to wrap. And since I'll be checking off everything on the list, I'll know that the gift is complete.†
I like to shop for gift tags, ribbon and other wrapping accessories at either Hobby Lobby or Target. Both stores have a good variety and their prices are pretty fantastic.
When it comes to ribbon, my mom taught me the quickest way to curl a pile of ribbon.
I used to cut individual pieces and curl each one. Then gather them up and tie them into a bunch.
My mom taught me to cut a long string of ribbon and curl the entire piece until you have a good pile. Then, "fold" it onto itself until you have a center point to tie, and tie it into a bunch!
When you are wrapping your gifts, sometimes less is more. My childhood was filled with trying to tear the impossibly tight ribbon off of a box. My mom would always laugh and hand the pair of scissors my way. A great stocking stuffer would have been a pair of scissors ...to open the rest of the gifts!
I like to add unique pieces to the outside of my gifts. For example, if I'm gifting a hair accessory, I'll attach it to the outside of the box. It distinguishes your gift, and it's a pretty way to creatively wrap.
I also like to use unsuspected items as gift toppers. I made these gold dipped feathers for myself, but thought they would be the perfect gift topper. They were cheap, simple to make, and it's possible the recipient of the gift may use them as well! It's a little more interesting than a bow.†
So while the wrapping can be time consuming, it always pays off to see the eyes of the recipient light up at your beautiful gift. And my favorite part of Christmas is sitting in the circle, with my family, and watching everyone open their gifts.†
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