Rome wasn’t built in a day. Holiday shopping shouldn’t be expected to be done so quickly, either.
But you certainly don’t have to wait until all the gifts are bought to move on to the next step: wrapping.
Chances are you’ve already got a tree up in your living room, so why not put some gifts under it?
For the basic essentials of gift wrapping, go to ledger-enquirer.com/howto for a video tutorial from Kathy Jackson and Elizabeth Calhoun, the co-owners of The Sample Shop.
If you’ve watched the video and feel comfortable trying something a little different, channel your inner Martha Stewart with these suggestions for making your holiday gift stand out:
Use newspaper or an old map as wrapping paper. You’ll not only save a little money, but you’ll also reuse something that generally gets thrown away.
Create a basket instead of wrapping. Place gift(s) in a fancy tin, a mixing bowl, an old coffee or paint tin (cleaned and spray painted) or a cookie jar -- anything that’s appropriate for what you’re giving
Packages can be embellished with more than just ribbon: buttons, Christmas ornaments, cinnamon sticks, pinecones, strings of pearls or other seasonal accessories add to the presentation.
It’s amazing what stamps, markers, stickers and a hot glue gun can do to a brown paper bag. Use the simple bag to wrap a gift or as the gift receptacle. It’s a clean canvas to display your creativity.