Don't wrap - decorate - your Christmas gifts.
Wrapping elaborate Christmas gifts has been a long tradition in my family. Fancy bows, extra ribbons, and more. My brother receives the credit and the blame: Credit when we admire each other's handiwork; blame when it's 3 am on 12/23. He began the tradition as a child, turning the present itself into something else entirely. As he grew up and moved to more elegant wrapping methods, his wrapping styles passed on to me.
Impress friends and family with your creativity and holiday obession. Here are just some of the ideas we've done through the years.
- Wrap a gift in solid color paper and turn into into a nutcracker, soldier, angle, or Santa.
- Use a flat box to create a sleigh or the stage for a holiday scene such as the North Pole, a fireplace, or plate of milk and cookies.
- Add dimension to a flat box with half of a bell, tree, or wreath.
- Wrap soft items without a box to transform them into a snowman (perfect for a scarf, hat, and glove set), ornament, or yule log.
Let your imagination run wild. These days I add extra bows and ribbon to adult gifts, but kids just receive a wrapped box with a bow. Maybe my own children are getting old enough to appreciate something more. But just how late do I want to stay up?
If you like your sleep, or if the holidays have sapped your creative juices, check out these ideas for elegant and artistic "decorated" gifts.