Holiday Wrap Up

200-giftBy Jennifer Elliott –

You trekked the mall. You clicked “complete purchase” countless times. You went back to the mall. You made the last-minute gift card run. You even hit the mall “one last time.” You are done shopping, and your impressive collection of gifts just needs to be wrapped. Don’t let your energy falter now. Here are some fun, creative wrapping ideas guaranteed to dazzle and impress.

“We believe the gift presentation should be just as special as the gift itself,” said Container Store Public Relations Coordinator Nina Miller.  Their Gift Wrap Wonderland offers just about everything you will need – and then some!

I love their chalkboard-themed boxes, paper, ribbon and tags in matte black that can be written on with chalkboard marker.  I can’t wait to skip the sticker labels and write out the recipient’s name on the ribbon.

Thinking outside the box, I like the silver paint cans. They come in a variety of sizes and can be decorated in many fun ways. I am going to use holiday colored paper tape to make a striped design. You could also hot glue a beautiful ribbon around the can, or let your kids get involved with paint pens. Tie a bright bow to the handle to complete the look.

If you feel like you need a little extra guidance, General Manager Laura Ann Johnson said The Container Store hosts Wrap Parties on the weekends through Sunday, December 20th. They are at 1 and 3 pm and include cider, cookies and giveaways in addition to step-by-step tips and tricks on how to wrap like a pro.

Another destination for inspiration is Trudy’s Hallmark in Memorial City Mall, Town & Country Village and Parkway Villages. “One of the new additions we have at Hallmark Gold Crown stores this year is our Makers Collection that features over 100 different options – roll wrap, bags, tissue, trims – that all coordinate and can be mixed and matched to create an easy, beautiful holiday package,” said Hallmark spokesperson Kristi Ernsting.

200-gift1My favorite things here are the trims, especially the honeycomb Santa hat, snowman and Christmas tree. They are so much more fun that a regular bow! I just hope my dog doesn’t eat the red pom-pom.

Tired of the standard wine gift bag? Check out these adorable reindeer sweaters for wine!

200-photosCheck out for some personalized gift wrap. You can create your own wrapping paper with favorite family photos or a fun message.  Don’t forget to order the personalized gift tags too.

 A cute option for labeling gift bags is to attach cardboard tags with decorative clothespins.  As a bonus, you can reuse the bag next year because you haven’t ruined it with a sticker.

What to do with all those gift cards? Buy some crazy Christmas socks, stuff the gift card down in the toe and tie it at the ankle with a festive ribbon.

Need to give the kids something to do? Buy plain brown paper and have them make red polka dots on it with a pencil eraser and red ink pad. Clean out a Pringles can and let them cover it with holiday duct tape – great for gift cards, jewelry and other small gifts.

Take an afternoon and assemble all your supplies. Nosh on some peppermint bark, play some holiday music and unleash your creative side. You’ve got this in the bag!