I really do love to wrap gifts. There is something about making those perfect corners and tying bows that makes me happy. That said, sometimes wrapping gifts at Christmas can be overwhelming. Let’s face it…it’s just one more thing to do and at the holidays there are a lot of gifts. I try to keep my supplies simple and inexpensive but I still want them to look festive. Everything used for this post can be found at any craft store or ordered online. I’ve listed some sources at the end. Before we get to that though let’s start at the beginning. The inside of the box. I am obsessed with white tissue paper. I use it for everything. Because of my online shop, I have a big pile of it in my sewing room. Before that though I would just buy packs of it and keep them on hand. I know you are probably thinking “does she really do that to every box?” Ask my kids. The answer is yes. It only takes a second and it makes such a difference to the person opening the gift. I will admit that the stickers might be a little overkill but I do think they are a nice touch. Everything goes with brown kraft wrapping paper. Any color, any style. This year I added the brown kraft paper with the red writing that I found at Homegoods. I found the gold stick on letters at Hobby Lobby and decided to do initials this year instead of names. We all have different first initials so there won’t be any mix-ups. Natural elements make great tie-ons. Fresh greenery, pine cones, cinnamon sticks. I seriously considered buying fresh red berries someplace but talked myself out of it. I had a bunch of these faux red cranberry stems and they worked just fine.
The most important thing is to keep it simple. There were years early on when my kids were little where I was wrapping gifts on Christmas morning. Try very hard not to do that…it’s a little stressful! Make it as easy on yourself as possible.
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