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Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Every year I tell myself that I am going to be on the ball and get everything done extremely in advance, but the reality of the situation is that December rolls around and THAT is when I begin to shop. And with shopping comes the inevitable: gift wrapping! Yes, you could pick up a few of the “basics” for your gift wrap needs, but how about coming up with unique gift wrap touches to add to your holiday gifts? All it takes are a few simple items to take your holiday gift wrap from basic to beautiful and memorable items for your friends and family.
This year I have quite a substantial list of people to give gifts to for the holidays. Where to start, where to start? I always enjoy visiting a store that carries a large variety of items so I can find gifts for multiple people on my list all at once! If I can pick up quality items for my coworkers, my friends, and my family, it is all a big win in my book! Heading in to Big Lots first to do some shopping is a great idea for this very reason!
On my side of the family, we have a white elephant Christmas gift tradition: each year we bring a gift at a set value that fits a theme we all agree upon. I was lucky enough to snag some fun and festive items that fit the bill for that particular gift exchange (I won’t spoil the surprise by saying exactly what it is, but how cute are the holiday wine glasses, kitchen towels, and other kitchen items?)! I always look forward to the tradition of picking a number from the hat and watching everyone select, unwrap, and trade gifts. The entire trading session always ends up taking about an hour or more – it has become a custom that marks the holiday season for me!
Big Lots has items for every room of the house, so you’re bound to find something for everyone. Do you need some host/hostess gifts for your holiday parties? I found some beautiful glass candle holder sets that would be perfect for the occasion. And if you are more of a homemade gift giver, the shelves at Big Lots were fully stocked with a great assortment of cake pans, tins, and other baking items from brands you love. I know in my case I enjoy baking cookies, dipping pretzels in chocolate, and making candies to gift to my family and friends: my cabinet can be fully stocked with supplies now! By shopping at Big Lots first, I was able to put together some of my holiday wish and gifting list before visiting other stores. ***Styles and assortment vary by store.
Once the presents are purchased, it is time to get wrapping! Big Lots happens to have a great selection of holiday decor and items in addition to gift ideas. From ornaments, to lights, to wrapping paper, and ribbons: you can find it all! I walked through the aisles and got inspired by the vast array of options. I picked up a few classic patterns of wrapping paper, a couple of sets of ornaments, raffia ribbon, kraft paper gift bags, tissue paper, and gift tags. With the items in hand, I knew it would all come together beautifully!
First step’s first: wrap your gifts! I’m particularly fond of the patterns I selected – they make me think of the holidays and put me in the spirit! Once that step is complete, cross wrap the box with raffia ribbon and tie with a knot at the center.
Next, add a festive holiday ornament by tying it securely with the raffia ribbon. Add a bow, then tie on a gift tag to put on the finishing touches. Voila: beautiful!
You can use the same concept for gift bags as well! I like to use a solid colored gift bag for my presents, then tie an ornament to the handle along with a gift tag. A bow of raffia ribbon finishes everything and makes it gorgeous!
In the end, your unique gift wrap touches are sure to make your friends and family eager with anticipation when they spy their holiday gifts under the tree. Just a few extra seconds to your basic wrapping take your presents up a notch!
So, will you become the ultimate gift giver with your wrapping skills this year? Let me know how you plan on decorating your presents, and visit Big Lots for more inspiration!