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You can always tell who has had a mad lead-up to Christmas by a mere glance under the Christmas tree at my mums…gifts range from the elaborately wrapped parcels with carefully placed ribbons and handmade tags to haphazard Christmas Eve efforts with gaudy rainbow of elves and reindeer and snowflakes galore.
Most years I at least try and have some cohesion in my wrapping efforts – usually quite simple, kraft paper, bakers twine, standard ‘Emma’ my siblings would probably say. One year I went crazy and did all white gloss paper with lime green preppy striped ribbon. I like to live life on the edge. This year perusing my local Spotlight aisles I gathered together some blingy gold bits and bobs, paired with some classic red touches (and kept one hand on my trusty kraft paper too, baby steps…)
Thankfully this year on both sides of our family we’ve seen some sense: cousin kk’s, a stroke of genius! Eleanor has five cousins on my side, and seven on Matt’s, buying for all those kids was hurting everyone’s brains (and back pockets) so now Eleanor just has a cousin on each side to buy for. Rufus and Violet (spoiler alert if their parents are reading…) Simple red and gold wrapping for both…
The gold letter stickers are such a great alternative to gift tags, cheap and easy and kids who can recognise their name will love it. Some added bling with a glittered poinsettea and a touch of my usual rustic burlap ribbon with kraft card. Old habits die hard.
I love the bold type of the sticker letters I used on Rufus’s present, I will be using more of them to make generic Christmas words on gift wrap too. The gold bunting has so many uses, but is super fun as gift wrapping decoration, you can write any message you like across it (and I’ve got the rest stashed away for a potential cake banner idea!)
As well the kiddies gifts there’s always the generic neighbours, work colleagues, friends, distant relatives, random visitor that gets the obligatory tin of shortbreads or, more often than not in our household, a bottle of plonk. The humble vino bottle got blinged up, and the handy bottle bag as well. Is there anything that is not made better by gold glitter washi tape? I think so. And fabric as wrapping – so under utilised! Don’t just head for the craft aisles at Spotlight, the fabric too is always a must for gift wrapping inspiration. It can be especially handy for those really tricky to wrap odd shaped gifts.
Another little gift wrapping ‘thing’ I like to do is include a little Christmas decoration as part of the wrapping, it’s two gifts in one! At the moment I have gone a little pom pom trim mad, I use it for anything and everything where I would otherwise use string or ribbon – to hang Christmas decorations from our tree, tie up gifts and bows in Eleanor’s piggy tails. Yup, little mini pom pom bows.
So that’s what my efforts under the tree will be looking like on Christmas Eve! Not too shabby, a little different for me (colour! glitter!) but still quite classic, simple and traditional.
Do you have a gift wrapping signature style?
Wrap as you buy or go like the clappers on Christmas Eve?
Mini pom pom obsessed like me?
All gift wrapping supplies available from Spotlight stores.