It’s Friday! Today the very creative ladies of “No Place Like Home” will be sharing another round of goodness today! It’s all about Christmas presents!
I confess – I have a serious love affair with fabulously wrapped presents.There is something magical about a beautifully wrapped present. I mean, you could wrap a $1 squirt gun in a gorgeous wrapping and make it an event.
One Christmas when I was about 15, I noticed a gift wrapped so lovely that it stood out. The ribbon and the paper coordinated perfectly, red and green stripes with little gold french horns. To make it even more impressive a small golden french horn ornament dangled from the satin ribbon. To my surprise when I turned the tag over… the gift was for me.
Christmas morning came and it was time to open gifts. I was so excited about that exquisite present! After a few rounds of making sure everyone had received a few presents to open… the fancy wrapped gift made its way to me. As my mom handed me the present – she told me the story.
She was out shopping and found gifts in a large department store. As a promotional, the department store offered a free deluxe gift wrapping if your receipt reached a certain amount. The chosen item to receive the freebie happened to be one for me.
I was so touched that she chose to use the deluxe wrapping on me. I felt so very special, I mean there was a satin bow AND an ornament. I had always seen the gift wrap department and the displays of perfectly coordinated ribbon, paper and extras. I wondered about the people who gave such gifts. I wondered if the recipients felt wonderful when presented with such loveliness.
I carefully opened the gift, taking care not to tear the paper or ruin the ribbon. I studied how the bow was made, how the paper was cut to create perfect folds. Once I opened the present I noticed the folds in the tissue paper and the sweet gold sticker that held the paper in place – disguising the gift from immediate view. I purposed right then and there that I wanted to share that simple happiness.
I love that now -a- days , there are so many beautiful reasonably priced papers and fabulous ribbons at decent prices. Little extras to add to gifts do not have to be expensive.
Brown craft paper with twine ribbon and a little pine cone will make a special presentation. You can take plain paper and add beautiful writing in gold. Tie a lovely ribbon in a simple bow and add a bit of cut garland – voila! Beautiful gift!
In the picture, the little jingle bells were half price and came in a pack of 20 from Hobby Lobby. I used upholstery thread to tie them together. The ribbon was a Costco find. The wrapping paper – Target. If you are bow impaired… Hobby Lobby and other craft stores sell beautiful pre-made bows.
I leave you with my biggest hint for happy gift giving…. Wrap your gifts in Love. Give your gifts in Love. Release any hurt or frustration with life, your surroundings, with others before you begin to cut the paper. Play joyous music and think about the person you are wrapping the gift for. Pray for them as you fold and tape the paper. Find forgiveness for them as you tie the bow. Think well wishes for them as you write their name on the gift tag. I notice a HUGE difference when I choose to wrap this way as opposed to just wrapping as fast as possible because I am tired, beyond stretched and stressed. Gift giving becomes a precious event instead of a chore.
A lot of effort goes into making things beautiful and not everyone will appreciate your efforts. That’s OK. You don’t do it for the accolades or the praises… you create beautiful things and you give of yourself because it is in your heart to do so.
Much love to you as you begin preparing for The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!