On the 9th Day of Christmas…Wrap and Stuff!

IMG_0540I love beautifully wrapped gifts…so much so that my family brings their gifts over to me to wrap for them!   I’m not a traditionalist at all when it comes to wrapping and I definitely don’t think that every piece of clothing needs a box, but I do love adding a little flair to each one.   This year, since my son learned his letters, I thought labeling each gift and the stockings with a monogrammed letter would be a great learning experience as well.   That way he can find a “G” on all his gifts and hand out everyone else’s gifts.  

I love these papers from Container Store. I paired them with red ribbon and puff ball yarn I had in my stock.

I love these papers from The Container Store. I paired them with red ribbon and puff-ball yarn I had in my stock.

Wrapping can be super stressful and tedious, especially last-minute, so here are a few tips to make it easier and more joyful.

  • Spend the little extra money and get quality paper.  The Container Store has great papers that are nice and wide and never tear on the corners…the extra money is totally worth not having to deal with the headache of constant ripping.
  • Save money by using pretty yarn, baker’s twine or string you might already have as ribbon.  You can use pine tree clippings or pine cones as toppers too.
  • Make a little wrapping kit with tape, scissors, ribbon, paper, tags, a pen and toppers.
  • Wrap a few gifts each night.
  • While drinking.
  • Always remember that Santa never has time to wrap all his presents…he just quickly tosses them on the pile in a rush.
Santa's wrapping is always a little more polished than ours.

Santa’s wrapping is always a little more polished than ours.

I added felt letters to all the stockings so my son will know which one is for him.

I added felt letters to all the stockings so my son will know which one is for him.

I used craft felt, pom poms and a glue gun to make these super cheerful letters!

I used craft felt, pom poms and a glue gun to make these super cheerful letters!

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