Now that everyone is in full Christmas mode, I thought this would be the perfect time to share my recipe for pretty holiday packages. Of course I realize that many have their own ‘recipe’ or tradition for wrapping, but I also realize that all of the options out there can be completely overwhelming to some.
Wrapping gifts is probably my favorite part of Christmas, and I often get compliments on how pretty packages from our family are. I guess I get it from my mom- she always decked out our packages for Christmas- it was never just wrapping paper with a plain stick on bow at the top. And now that I think about it, I guess you can say this recipe has been passed down from her to me! (With a little tweaking of course-) So anyways, on to the recipe!
1. Wrapping Paper
I always, always, ALWAYS pick out my wrapping paper first. This year while we were at target doing some Black Friday shopping, I turned the corner and spotted these gnome-ish santas and my mind was instantly made up. I love the cuteness, colors, and coordinating patterns on this paper. I bought 2 rolls of each pattern- totaling 6 rolls of paper.
2. Tissue Paper
With the outside of the package decided on, let’s think about the inside! You can usually find coordinating patterned tissue paper, but even solid colored sheets look fantastic too. This year, I got the polka dot pattern, snowflake pattern, and some solid red, aqua, and white.
3. Bows and Embellishments
Now for my favorite- the bows and embellishments. I’m a sucker for sparkles and foil. I absolutely love these little glittered bows and poinsettias. I also picked out some firework burst bows, curly bows, and numerous sized foil bows. It’s all about variety! (The gnome santa insisted on hopping in for this photo =)
4. Gift Tags
Having a few different gift tag options is a great way to introduce another special detail to your packages. I think I may have squealed with delight when I spotted the gnome-ish santa gift tags with GLITTERED beards. I almost could not contain my excitement there for a second, lol. I also grabbed another box of silver, red, and gold mixed tags.
In my opinion, ribbon is usually what makes a package look extra special. Adorning a package with ribbons and bows is much more appealing than without, don’t you think? I usually grab a lot of the little balls of thin foil ribbon in various colors as well as larger widths on spools too. I like to buy ribbon that curls easily with a pair of scissors.
And there you have it, my recipe for a pretty package. Your recipients will love and appreciate the special touches you have put on their gifts, I promise!
A FEW TIPS:
- Get creative and have some fun with it. Wrapping gifts shouldn’t be stressful or chaotic- Grab a cup of hot chocolate and turn up the Christmas tunes to get you going!
- To make sure you don’t have too many packages in one pattern paper, and hardly any of another- rotate papers while wrapping. You can also plan things out in advance- thinking of who would enjoy which paper most, etc.
- I usually save my favorite bows or embellishments for my immediate family and for the ‘big’ packages. Put those aside before you get ‘wrapped up’ (hehe) in the moment and use up all of your best things on your first few packages!
- No two packages should look the same. Ok, well maybe they can look the same- but if you’ve got a lot of different things to use, try to make each package a little different!
- Use combinations of bows, tags, and embellishments. (See above photo)
So, what do you think? Do you have a certain ‘recipe’ for wrapping your holiday packages? I’ve love to hear all about it or see some photos!