Receiving a well wrapped gift can be just as exciting as receiving a gift. Wrapping is all about the details, the extra touches, that are not essential but are thoughtful and special for the gift receiver. At Christmas time especially, I love adding personal touches to my gifts, such as handmade gift tags, stamped paper, decorative/washi tape, embellishments like string, ornaments ie. bells or a christmas tree decoration, twigs, holly, stickers, confetti, glitter and special treats like candy or chocolate. I like that the wrapping is the beginning of the gift and what is to come…hopefully a thoughtful and loved present. Below are some beautiful wrapping ideas, just in time for Christmas.
I initially had a different plan for this gorgeous paper but on a whim decided to make my own wall decal. We have one long wall that spreads the length of our dining room and joins our kitchen, family room, bedrooms and deck area. As we walk past this wall many times a day, I like having something christmassy on it. For the last few years, I have had wall stickers in this spot but they looked tired when I pulled them out of the christmas decorations box, so this is what I came up with…
MAKE | Wall wreath. Take different colours of scrapbook paper and cut or punch into circles. Use double-sided tape or blu-tac and stick circles on to wall to create an inner circle, then create an outer circle around the inner. Add some dots in different sizes in a few gaps to balance the wreath.
OR | Christmas garland. Take circles (I took the circles left over from the wreath) and holepunch one hole in the top of each circle. String through some pretty string (I cut the string first to the length of where I wanted it to hang). Stick/tie each end of string up. Spread circles across the length of the string.
OR | Christmas placemats. Take original scrapbook paper and turnover, place a dinner plate into the centre and stencil around with a lead pencil. Cut out shape and turn back over for circle placemats. Use two or three colours/patterns and alternate on dining table.
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We all seem to get roped into at least one Secret Santa/Kris Kringle each Christmas but just because there is a limit on the how much you can spend doesn’t mean you have to resort to chocolate or a bottle of wine. Shop my Secret Santa gift guide below, where all gifts are $25 (AUD) or under and a nice alternative for your co-worker, relative or friend. I know I would be happy giving or receiving any of these.
There are two main focal points when it comes to Christmas, the tree and the table. I must admit I love both. The tree is a family affair, we hang all the decorations together, put on the star and turn on the lights…and there it is, beautiful and glowing, just waiting for Santa. Then there is the table, left mainly to me (if hosting), the table is a very special place, it’s the place where we all come together…we share a meal, share stories, laugh and watch our bellies grow. A meal shared reminds us how lucky we are, we know we are because we are together, surrounded by love, with abundance…and to me that is what Christmas is about. A reminder that we have all we need and that we are loved. Above is my table edit, this season I seem to be lovin’ gold (usually I’m a silver girl), I would use the wreath on the table with candles inside or hung on a wall close to the table. I’m also lovin’ the confetti wine glasses, so so fabulous! Happy entertaining with loved ones!
I just love decorating with glass jars and have a little collection growing – mason jars, milk bottles, glass bottles of all sizes… When I saw these gorgeous gold stickers (@larkstore), I instantly thought of Christmas and thought they would look great on said jars. Before starting, wash the jars thoroughly and allow to completely dry (note, stickers are like band-aids they don’t like water). Place stickers onto jars, I chose to spell out words. So easy but I think, very effective. Decorate with flowers or candles. Use jars as a centrepiece, to decorate shelves or even steps. You could even personalise everyone’s glass on the table with their initial!
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Today is exciting because it’s my first Christmas post this season and I just l-o-v-e the festivities of Christmas. With only 5 weeks to go (can you believe it?), it’s time to get jolly. Here are some bits + bobs I have found this year to add to my Chrissy loot. I’m lovin’ the bone china reindeer (my collection of bone china is bordering on obsessive), the cone tree decorations are oh so cute + I couldn’t resist these paper stencil santa bags (they also come in pink, blue + black). I love drawing inspiration from what I can find in the stores. Over the coming weeks I’ll be sharing some of my own ‘Makes’ for Christmas so please make sure you pop back by.
Shop my chrissy finds here:
:: Santa paper bags + twine from Ikea
:: Silver placemats + coasters from Avon
:: Reindeer Bone China from Domayne
:: Bingo and Charades table games (The Lagoon Group) + Gingerbread cookie house cutters (IS Kitchen) from Spoilt
:: Hanging cone decorations from Larkstore
:: Holly sprinkles from Riot Art & Craft
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By now you know, I’m a sucker for A4 glossies. I am an even bigger sucker for the freebies that sometimes come with them. This month’s InStyle was packed with goodies by Napoleon (one of my fav make-up lines), a mascara, lip gloss and cream blush – jackpot! I must admit I was a bit giddy when I came across the Better Homes & Gardens Christmas magazine special (a reminder Christmas will soon be upon us, yeah) – watch this space for some christmas craft and cheer. Bazaar is always filled with gorgeous glam fashion. Marie Claire is jammed packed with beautiful fashion and finds (+ just that little bit more relatable). Home Beautiful is my ‘go to’ home magazine, always beautifully styled. And any month Frankie is delivered is a good month (absolutely crushing over the yellow cover).
Do you have any regular must read mags? Happy reading/flicking.
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There is something special and magical about Christmas. People start to slow down, laugh a little more and re-appreciate the things around them. We especially love watching Christmas through a child’s eyes and acting child-like ourselves. Here are some of the things that are making us smile this Christmas.