Saturday, December 5, 2009

That's a Wrap

Hi. My name is Amanda, and I'm addicted to wrapping gifts.

Ok, I feel better now.

I just finished wrapping my first few Christmas gifts and I am very excited about it! I like wrapping other people's gifts almost more than I like opening my own. There's something about the idea of transforming a plain box into a thing of beauty. The paper, the ribbon... It's like a work of art. I've even been guilty of wrapping empty boxes just to put under the tree.

Anyway, here's a look. I used some iridescent craft ribbon I already had on hand to tie a couple of pretty bows. Simple enough. But then I glammed them up by adding a dangly "charm" in the form of a mini, mega-sparkly star ornament from Crate & Barrel. I think I may wince in silent pain just a little when it comes time for the recipients to tear their gift open.

I can't help but give a little sigh of satisfaction every time I look under the tree. These little packages are so purty, I thought they each deserved their own glamour shot. (Sorry the pics are a little washed out... my camera sucks.)

I love how the ornaments add a little extra embellishment, but also double as another mini-gift. And if it's sparkly, that's even better in my book. There are so many cute ornaments out there, it's such an easy (and inexpensive) way to add some personality to each present. I also really like these colorful light bulbs from Crate & Barrel (just under $1 each!), which would make perfect gift charms, too.
And just for fun, here's another picture of the presents... with our cat Phoebe peeking out from behind them. One of her favorite places to lounge during the holidays is under the tree, especially when there are presents to hide behind! I'm sure this will be the first of many Phoebe-sightings on my blog. 

Wrapping gifts: do you love it or hate it? How do you accessorize them? And most importantly, am I a total dork for being more excited about what's on the outside than on the inside?


Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

I'm like nice presentation, but would have a ball with my mom - she has endless supplies of ribbon, jeweled thingys, reusable tags, all kinds of stuff. I just make it pretty with basics because i'm too lazy. I'm also a big fan of using baskets from Hob Lob to put gifts in, no wrapping just nice ribbons!

micah @ the yellow front door said...

Very nice! I need you to give me a tutorial on wrapping gifts. I kinda suck.

Oh, and thank you for entering my giveaway :)

design_aholic said...

I LOVE wrapping presents too! I went shopping today, and will again tomorrow so I can start getting those gifts wrapped! They look so pretty as they start to accumulate under the tree and it makes it feel more like the season!

Mrs. Chic said...

The presents look so pretty! I like wrapping presents too...I'm also one of the stange people who unwrap their present nicely.

Love C&B thanks for the tip!

Danielle and Clint said...

Aren't those ornaments awesome? I wanted them once I saw them too! And hi, my name is Danielle and I too am addicted to wrapping gifts. lol.

Kim at Yellow Brick Home said...

Presentation is everything! I'm with you.

Sharon said...

VERY festive!

marleah said...

Ooh, I had a star idea for gifts too! I'm planning on crocheting some star-shaped ornaments (and maybe snowflakes too!) to attach to gifts. My wrapping scheme is going to be newspaper (b/w pages only) and then colored yarn in place of ribbons. The little light bulbs are really cute!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

They're sooo pretty! I love it when people add ornament charms onto gifts... it's like getting a bonus present!


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