Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

The Christmas season is just about my favorite time of the year. I love the holiday lights, the smell of Christmas firs, the carols and holiday songs on the radio (nope, they don't drive me nuts), the crackle and aroma of cozy fireplaces, hot cocoa with way too many (is there such a thing?) marshmallows, and buying presents for my loved ones.

Picking out gifts is something that makes me really excited and happy... but wrapping the gifts also has a special place in my heart. My dad has always been a phenomenal gift-wrapper - think cleanly cut lines, crisp folds, and minimal tape - so the beauty of a finely wrapped present has never been lost on me. Fast forward to this day and age when Pinterest and DIY crafting is abound, and gift wrapping is finally getting the mainstream respect it so plainly deserves. There are entire Pinterest boards dedicated to beautiful wrapping ideas to suit every taste.

And my wrapping taste, personally, is something a little bit earthy-crunchy feeling - and I'm refining that taste as the years go by. For wrapping gifts last year, I went with plain brown parcel paper, tied with a string of hemp cord and a string of red sparkly twine. This year I'm not quite sure what to do, but I hope to make it a step up from last year.

Here are some of the Pins that have been inspiring me so far:

 
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(There are a TON of amazing wrap ideas at this site!!)

 




This holiday season is certainly going to be a different one than in years past - it already has been - but some things remain the same. With things like songs and snow and friends and Christmas trees and fun gift-wrapping ideas to keep me occupied, this December will still be a good one.

Speaking of good things and gifts... I just bought myself a new-to-me car. Well technically my brother-in-law Doug found it and bought it for me, but I quickly paid him for it and took it under my own wing. It's a 5-speed 2007 Toyota Yaris, and it's just right for me. It's the newest car I've ever owned... the only one that's ever had a line-in jack for an iPod. So that's exciting. #MovinUp.

How are you planning on wrapping your holiday gifts this year? Do you stick with tried-and-true rolls of wrapping paper, or do you like to venture out with some fun additions like the above ideas?

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7 comments:

  1. so so pretty! but you know my gifts won't be looking anything like those. congrats on the new ride!

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    1. Haha I have a feeling that my gifts won't end up looking too much like how I envision them, but at least I am just practicing my wrapping skills on my family and they won't judge me much, if at all.

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    1. I scoured my local AC Moore for some lace trim and couldn't find anything to my liking. On to the next fabric/craft store!

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  3. Congrats on the car! Toyotas rock. :)
    All of those are gorgeous (I love the ones with doilies, lace, and burlap as it adds some textural interest). I'm a fan of wrapping in fabric, probably because I have so many scraps of gorgeous fabric. This year it's been mostly leftover wrapping paper and scrapbook paper to wrap things in (I reuse wrapping paper, as long as it still looks nice and isn't torn or anything- that's my crunchy granola side).

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  4. Oooh, these are all SO GORGEOUS!! How can I pick one?!
    Can't wait to see which one you end up doing!! My gift-wrapping levels are yet to be as awesome as my mom's but maybe one day...
    Yay for getting a new car!! We still haven't found one ~_~

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    1. Yesss, so glad you like these :) I have accumulated lots of materials from different craft stores and will start wrapping pretty soon I think! Will definitely share pics! Good luck with your car plans :)

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