IT’S BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE

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….

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Christmas shopping this year at Gumps, San Francisco. November 25, 2016.

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. 

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Bespoke wrapping paper designed by Reviving Charm.

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.

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Treat bags all lined up like little soldiers.

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.

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A little something for everyone!

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.christmas-gift-ideas-via-revivingcharm_com

I added cotton ribbon from Studio Carta and a festive letterpress tag.  Voilà…instant gift!christmas-gift-ideas-revivingcharm_com

Giveaway alert…

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.reviving-charm-giveawaypagoda-journal-giveaway-via-revivingcharmandrew zega and bernd h dams watercolor journal

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GIFT WRAP “STUDIO CARTA” STYLE

I have been a longtime supporter of small business. Whether it is a brick and mortar location or a shop with an on-line presence only, I think it is important to support and celebrate those with an entrepreneurial spirit. One of the small shops I absolutely adore is the lovely Studio Carta, a fine stationary and ribbon shop located in Brookline, Massachusetts, an affluent suburb of Boston. If you can’t make it to the shop there is no need to fret….you can always order online.

While wrapping my Christmas gifts this year I realized that I am running low on wrapping supplies, particularly ribbon. Naturally, Studio Carta came to mind when it came time to replenish my supplies. I’ve already placed my order for several rolls of their cotton ribbon in a variety of colors. I just received my shipping notice and I am thrilled to know my order is on its way! I always like to have an arsenal of great wrapping supplies on hand throughout the year since you never know when you’ll need to wrap a last minute gift. There is nothing worse than not having something when you need it.

Ribbon is available in a rainbow of beautiful colors.

This particular style is a great staple to always keep on hand. It can be handy for almost any gift wrap project.

A few spools of metallic ribbon can make an artful display in your studio or craft room while waiting to be used on your next project.

Given that I am a self-professed Italiophile, I love the fact that the owner sources many of her products from Italy. Not surprising since the owner, Angela Liguori, is originally from Rome. I am particularly fond of the red handled scissors sourced from Italy and sold separately in three sizes. They are also available as part of one of the several gift boxes offered.

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I hope you enjoyed this post. I am off to the mailbox to await my delivery!

Although the photos were provided by Studio Carta this is not a sponsored post and the opinions expressed herein are my own.