how-to: holiday gift wrap

i was a busy little bee at the beginning of december. i signed up to participate in the brooklyn bride holiday card swap AND in the freshly picked / ardor handmade gift swap. i looove getting mail so these were no-brainers. but they definitely added to my already-too-long holiday to-do list. [worth it.]

i put together a "holiday survival" stationery kit for my gift swap partners. it had some handmade thank you cards [for the thank you cards you HAVE to write!], some stripey straws [so you can look cool at every holiday party or at home] and a mini holiday garland.

i packaged them all up in clear patterned bags [with green gift bag stuffing] from the container store -- it really IS a gift wrap wonderland in there!! -- and sealed them with a hand-written label. tied em up with some baker's twine, wrapped them in recycled brown grocery bags and we were good to go!

do you get really into gift wrap at the holidays? i wish i had time for things like super-cute diy packaging but let's face it -- when you're crunched for time, sometimes a gift bag and some tissue paper have to make it work. that doesn't mean i can't appreciate some good wrapping though! here are a few favorite ideas from around the web. 

diy packaging from one charming party:

AMAZING wrapping paper options from vivid wrap:

simple, neutral and classy from style me pretty:

i came across the holiday help center from office max this year, and i thought it was pretty cool. they've got a  guide for all those holiday chores we SHOULD know how to do, but maybe don't...like wrapping a present, shipping a package, and hanging decorations without damaging your walls. there are links to all the most-used holiday supplies too [i refuse to wrap a gift without scotch magic tape]. so helpful! 

happy wrapping!

p.s. since christmas is two days away (!) i'll be taking the next week off to spend time with family. hope you & yours have a wonderful holiday season! xo

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