I am a firm believer in purchasing thoughtful gifts. So naturally, one of the things I enjoy the most about the season is the art of gift giving. From hunting down the perfect gift to meticulously wrapping it and ultimately presenting it to the recipient…I enjoy each aspect.
I always kick off my holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving. Fortunately, this year I was able to get most of my shopping done over the long Thanksgiving weekend while vacationing in San Francisco. Shopping early is key for best selection plus it’s also a strategic move on my part so I can focus on other aspects of holiday preparations during the remaining weeks leading up to Christmas. Two birds, one stone….
After purchasing gifts the next step is wrapping. I will admit to putting a lot of thought into wrapping and spending
way too much a lot of time picking out “just the right” wrapping paper and all the decorative accouterments to coordinate with it. I usually pick a gift wrap theme each year. Past years have included color combinations such as black/white/red, red and gold, fuchsia and silver, and blue and white, to name a few! This year I chose to use festive red, white and green gift wrap that I designed myself. This was the first year that I designed my own wrapping paper and it has been fun to see how people react when I mention that I created the pattern and had it custom printed. I find that people really do enjoy the thoughtfulness that goes into a beautifully wrapped gift. In case you missed it, you can read about my gift wrap traditions and my bespoke gift wrap in this post.
This year I will also be adding small gifts to our dinner table to be part of our Christmas tablescape. I love the idea of having a small unexpected gift at the dinner table so that everyone has a little something extra to take home. Hosting dinner on Christmas Eve for our family has become a new tradition since moving to our seaside ranch home almost four years ago. When it came time to plan for decorating this year’s Christmas table I wasn’t looking for anything formal. In fact, this year I am going ultra casual with what I am calling a “Crafty Christmas”. I decided to place a small gift at each place setting and came up with the idea of filling miniature brown paper bags with individually wrapped snack packs of trail mix for a (semi)healthy treat.
I decorated each bag with a casual Christmas theme which includes a hand painted miniature clothespin, letterpress tag, ribbon and a fresh sprig of boxwood. The placecards are from a favorite Etsy shop of mine that I highlighted in this post.
Every year we also find a “little something” to pass out to our neighbors on Christmas day. It’s fun delivering gifts to our neighbors to spread an extra bit of Christmas cheer. This year we picked up splits of Italian prosecco.
I added cotton ribbon from Studio Carta and a festive letterpress tag. Voilà…instant gift!
The underlining theme of this post is all about the spirit of giving. Not only do I enjoy sharing gifts with close friends and loved ones, but I would like to share a little something with one lucky reader of my website. As a way of saying thank you for spending your time with me I am giving away one copy of a hardbound monthly journal featuring twelve different watercolor pagoda images. Each of the twelve images are beautifully illustrated by Edward Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams to enjoy throughout the new year. To learn more about the illustrators, check out their website.
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