Christmas is only a few days away, can you believe that? I don’t know about you but here at Love From Mummy HQ, we’re just a little bit excited. It’s the first time Riley has really understood what’s going on and he has eagerly helped with decorating the tree and hanging the stockings above the fireplace. We’ve danced around to cheesy music and sat in front of the fire scoffing mince pies. Having children definitely brings out the magic of Christmas, it’s such a nostalgic time.
One of the tasks many seem to dread the most in the run up to the big day is wrapping presents. I get it. The idea of buying pretty paper, bows and twine, is quite exciting for a stationary lover like myself, but i can imagine that for some, when confronted with a HUGE pile of presents and Christmas chaos it can seem like a stressful, dull and never ending task.
I happen to quite enjoy wrapping presents, i find it therapeutic. I like to decorate gifts and pretty them up but it can be time consuming and is a nightmare of a task with 2 toddlers running round. So i thought i’d share my top tips for organising the wrapping chaos and making your gifts look gorgeous.
1. Use a colour theme so that recipients can easily recognise who their gift is from, especially if you are having a big family get together. Classic Christmas colours of red and gold are always a beautiful combination but don’t be afraid to try something different. If you need some inspiration then have a look at some of these gift wrapping ideas, they would make a wonderful alternative to traditional wrapping paper.
2. Speaking of wrapping paper, make sure you choose one with a medium-weight and avoid thin inexpensive rolls that can tear easily.
3. Stock up on wrapping essentials way in advance. For me personally, i always make sure i have a plentiful supply of wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper, sellotape, scissors, washi tape, labels, tags, twine, ribbons, bows and stamps.
4. Set up a gift wrapping station – Find a smooth, hard surface where you can spread out, a table or worktop is best as it’s less strenuous on your back than working seated on the floor. Storing all of your supplies in one place will save time in the long run because you won’t have to hunt around the house for the things you need.
5. Be organised and worth methodically. I go through everything i’ve purchased, put them in to piles and then wrap in co-ordinated paper, bows and tags, so I know whose pile is whose.
6. Use a box for awkward shaped gifts, it look much smarter when wrapped and will prevent the recipient from trying to guess what it is.
7. Use double-sided tape when wrapping gifts for a clean, professional look – no tape will be visible.
8. To decide how much wrapping paper you need for a present, wrap garden twine or wool around it first and then use this to measure the paper out for cutting. It will make wrapping easier and give your gift a more polished finish. It also reduces waste which is always a plus point.
9. Add a decorative and natural touch to your wrapped gift in the form of delicate twigs and green foliage. It looks truly beautiful and inviting, particularly on a brown paper background. You could even spray paint them in red, silver or gold to tie in with traditional Christmas colours.
10. Get creative with your gift tags and think outside the box. Try using photographs, maps, stamps, different textiles and textures, typography or even old Christmas cards to produce something really unique and special. It may be time consuming, but the recipient will appreciate the extra care and effort.