With Christmas right around the corner I thought it would be a good time to explore the art of gift giving, or, more specifically, the art of presenting your gifts. I’m one of those people who feel it necessary to put at least as much time wrapping the gift as I do in figuring out what to get my person, especially because I generally don’t spend a lot (if any) money on the actual present. Hey, it’s the thought that counts, so make that thought golden! Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
- Make their card! Nothing says “I care about you” like making a card specifically for them. There are so many ways to make cards (see my Christmas card from last year or consider drawing them a card like I did for my MIL above) that you can always give them something completely unique.
- How about a cool gift tag? They’re quick and easy and super cute. The one I made above was created cutting out a gift tag shape from card stock with scissors, hole punched for the ribbon and punched on the corners with a cute corner punch, and drawn on with pen and marker. You could also create one using an awesome stamp, or find some to download and print, like these crazy cute freebies.
- Make unwrapping the presents into a game! I pretty much get the same presents for my wife Tawnya every year. That makes her both really easy and really hard to shop for. For her birthday this year, since she already knew she was getting movies like she always does, I wanted to make it more fun for her by giving her hints as to what movie was inside the wrapping. I wrapped them using brown paper bags so that I could easily draw on them and just taped little flaps over the drawings of her clues. Everyone had a lot of fun trying to guess what movies she got! It also made me feel like less of a loser. Getting the love of your life the same present all the time (even though it’s what she asks for and really does want) is kind of lame, but this definitely made it more unique and gave me more of an opportunity to put effort and love into it!
- Bows and stuff! Seriously, there are so many many things you can do! How about using some live plants?
I bet they smell wonderful! You could use cinnamon sticks, fresh pine, holly berry twigs, mistletoe or pine cones for a nice winter holiday touch.
Or how about putting some of your crafting to use to create a cute ornament like a felt flower, crochet star or let’s not forget about our paper flowers!
I’m getting pretty excited about making things for Christmas and winter decorating in general. My newest find that I want to try out today? These crazy paper woven ornaments.