Raise your hand if you have not even started wrapping presents yet? Oh…me, me, me!! Let’s face it, by now we are all shopped out, baked out and partied out. If only we could hire little elves to finish up the last minute details of the holidays it would be so less stressful on us moms, wouldn’t it? Well, with only a few short days until Christmas, it’s time to kick it in to gear people!
I (personally) find wrapping presents to be fun for about the first five gifts. On present six I’m bored, I’ve run out of ribbon and most certainly given myself a paper cut. This is why I have to keep it interesting in order to not burn out and start putting a bow on top of the unwrapped box and calling it good.
Ashley and I (Kristin) have compiled some fun ways to wrap presents that will for sure keep your attention, be beautiful under your tree (because obviously it needs to match your Christmas decor, duh!) and will make your presents stand out amongst the rest.
Modern and White
I love me an all-white Christmas. And I’m not just talking about the snow. I adore white lights, ornaments and especially wrapping paper. I think it gives such a modern and unique look. This year instead of scoping out the wrapping paper aisle at Target for the most modern pattern I can find, I went straight to the non-seasonal aisle and picked up some craft paper bags and white wrapping paper. I also found some stickers and pretty ribbons that could transcend for all wrapping occasions. 2 1/2 minutes of shopping and I was done! Gotta love it!
Once I got home, I got to work with kids in tow. So of course it took about three times longer than it should have…but we all had fun and got to participate in the wrapping. Win-win. For the craft bags, I used a chalk marker to jazz them up. First, I used a cup and drew around the lip in the middle of the bag. This ended up being the gift tag. Then I simply drew polka dots around the rest of the bag. For the second I wrote out “Merry and Bright” and adorned with little stars. Really, this took all of one minute. Stuffed them with white tissue and for an extra touch I snipped some greenery from my planters outside and stuck them in the corners of the bag. They smell great and look just that much more special.
For the white paper, I went in a few different directions. For the first few, I wrapped them nicely and then let my kids pick out the stickers for each present based on who it was for. We used glittery polka dot stickers and cool black triangles. They loved helping and they really did turn out to be cute! Instead of tags on one of them, we simply used a black marker to write the name of the recipient on a corner of the package. Again, a cool modern twist.
For a more rectangular package, I used black and white twine, a black Christmas tree and some clipped greenery and tied it on the top 1/3 of the package.
And because my oldest was dying to “decorate a present” I let him go to town on one for his Grandma (Mimi). He proudly wrote her name (sort of :)) and who it was from. This is such a fun way to to include kids in the process. They are proud of their creations and what Grandparent wouldn’t love to see tiny artwork?
I still have about a bazillion more presents to finish, but I’m on my way! All together, they look pretty snazzy if I do say so myself!
Ashley also was busy shopping and wrapping. And it truly is funny to know even though we were shopping in completely different towns, at different times, we picked out almost the exact same style of paper. That’s why we are friends and business partners! She went a slightly different direction in styling. and even though the papers are similar the look is different!
For her first few, she also took to the craft paper and chalk pen. I LOVE the “No Peeking!” Perfect for a little guy or girl who is just chomping at the bit to open presents. She also used the greenery touch, but for something extra special, she attached glittered pinecones. Um, hello. Darling! Paired with a gold and white stripe, these look so modern and fresh.
Ashley also incorporated the season’s hottest pattern, buffalo plaid, in to the mix. This pattern is everywhere, and it truly is perfect with a craft paper and gold accent. It screams Christmas! She used a simple twine with greenery and to tie it all together and added an additional pine cone. The gold lettering directly on the paper is the icing on top of the cake.
Ashley’s combo looks like it came directly from a magazine. She proves it takes little time and effort to wrap beautiful packages that anyone would be proud to give and receive. No need to make a fuss when simple is obviously better!
Happy shopping and wrapping! Hope these ideas can take your presents to the next level!
-Ashley & Kristin