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I'm knee and elbow deep in gift wrapping and I'm waaaay behind the eight ball when it comes to Christmas shopping. I'm typically done by Thanksgiving and...well...this year has certainly thrown me off my game. But it's all good. I've decided, 2020 has been a year of learning how to roll with the punches, how to be flexible, and how to find the opportunity and seize it.


Since I'm in the midst of wrapping I thought I'd share some ways to add a bit of pizazz to your gifts.


1. Start by choosing your wrapping paper. I tend to pick one or two neutral or plain wrapping papers and one that packs a punch and complements the others.


For example this year I chose plain white and red wrapping paper and then added a fun

plaid wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby.


2. Use ALLLL the ribbon. I love ribbon and it's such an easy way to add a simple and extra touch to a package. I always have some sort of ribbon or string laying around the house. It's one of those things that I tend to pick up when at the local craft store and they are having a sale. As an example, around Thanksgiving, I picked up a package of eight different red ribbons on clearance at Michaels Craft Store for $2.97, originally $9.99. Michaels tends to have 40%-50% off ribbon quite often too.


3. Add a pièce de résistance. Adding a sprig from a tree, faux flower, dried citrus, hand made personalized tag, tassel or ornament is a great way to add a little something special to your gift wrap. If you go with an ornament it's also something your recipient can use on their tree the following year, you can even personalize it for some a little extra special. This year I hit up the Dollar Spot at Target the clearance section and the floral aisle at Hobby Lobby.


Target Dollar Spot Finds!

Here are a few of the gifts I wrapped this year to complement our Christmas decor and tree this year.



Gift giving is special to me. There is something about finding that "perfect" gift and when I say "perfect" I mean the gift has meaning behind it. It could be handmade, sentimental, mentioned in a conversation one time by someone but it's something they would never do for themself. I believe that is why it's so important to put that same amount of care and emotion behind the packaging it's a reflection of your love put into finding that "perfect" gift and the first impression.


Here are some other places to find some fun and unique ornaments or gift toppers:


Cost Plus World Market

Pottery Barn

Crate&Barrel

Kirkland's

Big Lots

Walmart

Hallmark


Fun finds and inspiration on Instagram: