Ahh, December! Probably my absolute favourite month of the year, mainly due to the fact that its completely acceptable to indulge in all things festive with no excuse, just because its Christmas! Give me mince pies, mulled wine, Christmas markets, decorations and cheese boards! Much to Dan’s dismay, I’m one of those annoying people who absolutely adores every single thing about Christmas, and will listen to as much Christmas music and watch as many Christmas films as I can possibly squeeze in between now and the 25th. I’m also one of those weird people who LOVES wrapping presents, and this year I’ve got in to it in a big way.
This Christmas is all about brights in our home – I’ve gone all out with the kitsch and colourful decorations (bordering on tacky, but I love it!) so I wanted my presents to match the theme as they’ll be sitting under my tree until the big day itself. Also, I wanted to go for something a little different to the usual printed plasticky paper, and instead thought I’d do my little bit for the environment and choose brown recycled parcel paper – a blank canvas to adorn in all things festive!
I love to get creative, and that’s exactly what I’ve done with my gifts. I collected together bold and bright fabric ribbons, strings and pom poms which I picked up really cheap in the likes of The Range and Hema, which I’ve bundled round my wrapped parcels in some fun colour combinations. I’ve then added sparkly paper gift tags and finished each gift off with some sweet little jingling bells in complementing colours, et voila! I’m so pleased with how these have turned out, and I can’t wait to get the rest of them finished off and under the tree!
I recently wrote some of my favourite wrapping tips for a lovely feature on The Body Shop website, where I chatted about doing this very thing, and I’m so happy that they turned out how I expected, if not better! You can find my other gift wrapping tips here, along with some brilliant ideas from other lovely bloggers, which I’d definitely recommend checking out! You can be sure I’ll be stocking up on more gifts from The Body Shop, especially when it comes to stocking fillers!
If brown paper isn’t your thing, but like me you still want to inject some bright colours in to your wrapping, then swap the parcel paper for your favourite printed paper or even metallics for a bold look. Or if you love something more traditional, why not add sprigs of holly leaves and mistletoe to your gift tags, and cut out lovely Christmassy scenes from old Christmas cards to make your own gift tags?
If you don’t enjoy wrapping as much as I do, then make it a little more enjoyable by sticking on your favourite Christmas songs or film in the background – I can guarantee you’ll start feeling more festive!
Have you started your Christmas wrapping yet? Only three weeks left to go!