Hi, my name is Ann and I’m a wrapaholic.
Each holiday season, I prepare two lists – one filled with gifts for my family and friends and one outlining my wrapping plans. I am a planner and perfectionist at heart, and I anxiously await the thrill I get from filling the tree skirt with perfectly-wrapped packages. Don’t think of the following list as a list of unrealistic expectations, but rather a look into the crazy confessions of this wrapper.
1. Start with a color story. Each year, I pick a theme. I carry it through from my holiday cards, to my tree (yes, I redo my tree annually) to my wrapping. I always incorporate at least one or two solid wraps and one or two prints. I love the look of banding a printed wrap or fine paper around solids. This year – my color story is pool, peacock, chocolate and touches of silver.
2. Go double-stick or go home. Ask my husband and he will grudgingly admit that in our house you cannot find a single roll of regular tape. My edges are crisp and my tape is hidden.
3. No pre-made bows allowed. I love our double-faced satin ribbon. I always pick up matching colors in multiple widths. There’s so much you can do from weaving to bands to bows. Top off with a little ornament for a special touch.
4. Say yes to printed gift tags! I have two favorite styles of printed gift tags that I use every year. For the first, I print on a sheet of 8.5” x 11” cardstock, cut it into small shapes and then use a decorate hole punch, like a snowflake. This year, I decided to use our fabulous sheeted stickers for a sophisticated look.
5. Build a collection. For instance, if I’m giving my father-in-law three gifts. I would make sure one was wrapped in pool, one in chocolate and one in the print. This way, when they are stacked in front of him before he opens, they still look fabulous.
While admittedly extreme, I never lose sight of the beauty of the season and the joy of giving. So if you find yourself at my house over Christmas… go ahead, rip into that package and enjoy!
Happy Holidays to you and yours.