It’s All In The Presentation: Giftwrap!

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I know that there are a lot of people against anything Christmas related before December. In fact, I used to be someone who adamantly refused to acknowledge Christmas or listen to jingling music until two weeks before the 25th. Christmas is a day, not a month after all! This all changed when I suddenly became my husband’s secretary upon our engagement and found myself in charge of getting gifts for both of our families on behalf of the two of us.

It was stressful picking out the perfect gift for everyone in his large family so I now start my shopping extremely early. This allows me to avoid the hoards of shoppers that make me want to pull out my hair and scream. I spent my last Saturday afternoon wrapping Christmas presents, which is slightly insane yet extremely satisfying. One less thing for me to do. Hurray!

It was stressful picking out the perfect gift for everyone in his large family so I now start my shopping extremely early. This allows me to avoid the hoards of shoppers that make me want to pull out my hair and scream. I spent my last Saturday afternoon wrapping Christmas presents, which is slightly insane yet extremely satisfying. One less thing for me to do. Hurray!

Wrapping gifts is one of my absolute favourite things to do. I can appreciate the perfectly packaged present and enjoy the layers of paper and ribbon I have to work through before getting to the goodies inside. I meticulously tie bows, curl ribbons and crease corners. Gift bags are typically my back-up plan for when I am short on time. I suppose you can compare me to the kid who would rather play with the box than the toy inside it. Here are a few creative – and cheap – ways to wrap your presents this year and have them truly stand out amongst the rest under the Christmas tree.

Doily and twine: The rustic and delicate combination of paper doilies, twine and brown craft paper is something that I absolutely adore. You can use a doily as a gift tag and tie the entire package with twine. Baker’s twine comes in a variety of colours, although red and white twine would be the perfect festive touch. If you are especially crafty, stamp the recipient’s name instead of using a pen. Want the same look but can’t find the supplies you need? This site has a free doilies and kraft paper wrapping paper download that you can print out.

Dress your gift: Instead of using paper, wrap your gift with some leftover fabric you may have around the house. If you are wrapping a lot of large packages, try purchasing a cheap flat bed sheet or panel of curtain to get the most fabric for your money. This site has a great tutorial on how to do this. Your options are limitless, too. For example, wrap a cookbook or kitchen gift with a new teatowel or some smellies with a pretty hand towel so you can give two gifts in one go.

Box it up: There’s no need to go out and buy boxes to hold presents when you have plenty in your own home. Cover up empty tinfoil or clingfilm boxes with pretty paper and remove the sharp metal teeth. Lay down some tissue paper and you have a beautiful gift box for cookies, mini muffins or even jewellery. You can also use empty cereal or pasta boxes. Re-using what you have in your home is also a very eco and budget friendly option.

Printable additions: Presents aren’t complete without gift tags but why not let someone else design the tag for you? All you have to do is print and cut these clever downloads:

For the men If you are like most of my male friends and are incapable of wrapping anything without using duct tape, use this website’s step-by-step directions and build up to more creative ideas next year.

One of our favourite discount codes for Christmas crafts is this fiver off at Yellow Moon or you could just save on the ready-made stuff while still keeping it personal at Hallmark.

Check back with us next week for a collection of homemade gift ideas that recipients will be sure to love (and your wallet will be nice and full as well).

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