Christmas Gift Wrap | Creative Ideas & Tips

Hi friends.  The last few days have been a struggle.  I’ve been working on this gift wrap post up for days but my photos weren’t loading so I haven’t been able to publish this post.  I think I’ve got the bugs fixed now so here’s the long-awaited post, just in time for a weekend gift wrapping marathon. 

**disclaimer:  Reliant Ribbon sent me some amazing ribbons to use for my holiday gift wrap post, but all words, opinions and gift wrap inspiration is mine.

I’ve had a passion for wrapping gifts for years and love to go the extra mile when creating beautiful packages.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I have somewhat of an obsession with pretty wrapping paper and ribbon. And a fun embellishment is usually part of my gift wrap formula too.

Today I’m going to share a few Christmas gifts that I wrapped along with some tips to help you give your holiday wrap a little extra pizzazz!

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May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive,
which is wrapped in thoughtfulness and tied with love.  ~ L.O. Baird

When I started planning my Christmas theme earlier this year, I knew I wanted to keep my holiday gift wrap simple.  This year it was going to be all about the ribbon, paper and fun accents.

FYI–I use my DIY Gift Wrap Crate to keep all of my holiday wrapping supplies organized and in one place. And after the holidays I’ll switch out the paper and ribbon for spring and summer gift giving.  ***Need a last minute Christmas gift?  The gift wrap crate is a simple project that would be great for someone who loves to wraps.


Ok, let’s get into the details of my wrap…

All of the wrapping paper that I used this year is from HomeGoods.  They have an awesome selection of holiday wrapping paper and you can’t beat the price.  When I’m shopping for gift wrap, especially at Christmas, I like to buy patterns and colors that can be used year-round.  Polka Dots, stripes, plaids and subtle patterns are what I shop for.   With non-seasonal wrapping paper, I use inexpensive embellishments to reflect the season or gift-giving occasion.

My ribbon this year is from one of my favorite ribbon sources, Reliant Ribbon.  Reliant Ribbon is a family owned wholesale ribbon company that sells a wide range of craft and floral ribbon.  They have over 15,000 different ribbon styles so there is literally something for every gift wrap and decorating need.

♦  CREATIVE HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP INSPIRATION ♦

One of my favorite gift wrapping tricks is to combine two or more ribbons to create a layered look. Here I layered a narrow red and white striped ribbon on top of a wide solid red ribbon.  The embellishments are mini red and green mercury glass ornaments I bought at Steve McKenzie’s.  These ornaments are great as a package topper but can also be used to decorate a small tree or wreath.  p.s.  all holiday product at Steve McKenzie’s is 50% off through 12/31 with code: MERRY50 so it’s a great time to stock up for next year!

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free printable gift tags

Another fun way I like to jazz up my holiday gift wrap is by tying a double bow with pretty satin ribbon.  To do this you will want to cut the ribbon extra long.  Wrap the ribbon around your box, tie the first bow then know the ribbon on top of that bow to secure it.  Now you can tie a second bow and add an embellishment.

I love using unexpected materials to wrap gifts.  This year I had the idea of using faux fur as a ribbon substitute.  I headed to JoAnn Fabric and found this gorgeous white faux fur trim which was sold by the yard.  I cut a piece long enough to wrap around my box and secured it with a satin ribbon bow.  tip:  a brown or black faux fur is a great ribbon alternative for a men’s gift. 

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Did you know that a lot of woven ribbons can be curled using the blade of your scissors.  #oldschooltrick Curls are a great way to make your gift wrap more festive.  And don’t be afraid to combine and curl multiple ribbons together which can create a really fun topper.

faux boxwood garland from Target Dollar Spot // Merry Christmas gift tags

When it comes to holiday gift tags, I use traditional Christmas tags as well as items I find in the craft aisle at Michaels.  The JOY tag below is part of a 60 piece Holiday Chipboard Quote Set used for scrapbooking.  The tiny tags are perfect for adding a little whimsy to your gift wrap.

 

holly leaf embellishment from Hobby Lobby
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Using ornaments as an embellishment is not a new idea but how you use them can be.  Instead of tying this wreath ornament to the ribbon, I tied a knot in the ribbon and bunched the ends in the center of the wreath. I love the way this looks on a round gift box.

Creative Christmas Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

free printable gift tags

One of the tips I share when I teach my gift wrap workshops is to to never throw away scrap pieces of wrapping paper or ribbon.  Scrap ribbon can be used to wrap a small box or combined with another ribbon for layering.  On the box below, I used a piece of scrap ribbon along with a left over Christmas card to decorate the box. 
Creative Christmas Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

Creative gift wrapping is equal parts the items you wrap with and how you use those items.  All it takes to create beautifully wrapped gifts is thinking outside the box (pun intended).

  I hope you found these wrapping tips and my Christmas gift wrap inspirational.  Be sure to stop by my Instagram feed tomorrow because I’ll be sharing a few last-minute wrapping ideas.


Creative Christmas Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

 

My Favorite Things | 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

 

 

I know I’m not the only one that loved watching Oprah’s Favorite Things segment on her talk show.  It was always thrilling to see which items made her list every year. And so fun to see the audience go crazy when they received one of everything.  To celebrate the season of gifting, I’ve created my own Favorite Things Gift Guide.  From fashion and function, to inspiration and little indulgences, my favorite things list is guaranteed to bring joy!

p.s.  today is Free Shipping Friday so it’s a great time to do a little shopping and get many of these items shipped for free.


1 // Ryobi Cordless Glue Gun–if you’ve ever used a hot glue gun you recognize the genius in this item.  No more cords to limit where  you can take your glue gun or what you can use it on.  This is a crafters dream!  $29.97 from Home Depot.

2 // These black and white Emalina Ball Drop Earrings from BaubleBar are too cute.  I can see these dressed down with jeans and a tee or worn with something a little more fancy.  $38.00!

3 //  I wear a lot of MAC cosmetics and this Eye Compact kit contains a nice assortment of colors and is a great value.  $29.50 from Nordstrom.

4 // I shared this book earlier this year and have to do it again because it really is one of my all time favorite books.  In The Company of Women is a must for women that wants amazing business and life inspiration at their fingertips. $35.00.

 

5 // Philosophy body care products are some of the best on the market. This Grace Gift Set makes such a nice gift and is a great price–$18.00.

6 // The Nest Holiday Candle is one of my favorite holiday candles and I’ve even been known to burn it at other times of the year too.  Votive–$16.00/ 8 oz jar $40.00.

7 // Blue and White Ceramic Ginger Jar Vase Set–If you know someone who loves blue and white this is the perfect gift for them. $24.99.

8 //  Malibu Beaded Necklace–I love how bold and dynamic this statement necklace is.  Its available in fuchsia or turquoise blue. $48.00.

9 //  I decorated my Christmas tree in my favorite colors of pink and red so it’s kinda hard for me to pass up my a fashion piece in these colors.  This Checked Infinity Scarf would definitely brighten up a cold winter day.  $48.00 from Anthropologie.

10 // Glass Jug Vase–I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at these vases from Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Hearth & Hand collection at Target.  The color is so rich and pretty and I so tempted to buy one for myself.  3 sizes–$16.99-$29.99.

11 // There are tons of great gifts at Steve McKenzie’s but one of my favorite items is the Blenko Water Bottles. Handmade and mouth-blown, Blenko water bottles are made in West Virginia and have been produced for over 75 years. They are available in a mini ($45) or larger size ($55) and come in a range of colors.  This is the perfect gift for someone who loves to entertain. FYI–if you can’t make it to the Steve McKenzie store, you can order online and have it shipped.

12 //  I have several of these Monogram Mugs from Williams Sonoma and love them.  They are a great gift for men, women and kids and are currently on sale for $7.96.

13 //  Glamorous Wash in Katina–This laundry detergent is specifically made for fine washables and linens and smells amazing. I also use it when I’m washing out sleepwear. The DIVA scent is pretty fabulous too! $28.50 for a 32 oz bottle.

14 //  There’s nothing more luxurious than waking up on a cold morning and slipping into a cozy robe.  This Pottery Barn Faux Fur Robe with Chinchilla trim was made for cold mornings. $90.

15 // Monogram Address Labels make a great gift especially for that person that’s hard to buy for.  I love the selection of labels from Zazzle and recently ordered this classic blue and white design.  $3.30 for a sheet of 18 labels but you can save 25% with the code 25OFFSITEZAZ.

16 //  So I had to include a splurge gift on my favorite things lis and this Olive Leaf Band Ring from Tiffany is it.   This beautiful ring is designed by Paloma Picasso and crafted of sterling silver and is definitely meant for someone special.  $325.

MY FAVORITE THINGS 2017

Stop by the blog tomorrow where I’ll be sharing my holiday gift wrap and lots of gift wrap tips.

Holiday Gift Guide | For Decor Lovers

Happy Tuesday friends! It’s Holiday Gift Guide day here on the blog and today’s guide is extra special.  Not only have I rounded up decor gifts that will be perfect for the decorator on your Christmas list, but I’m sharing a few decorating tips for each item! There are 11 items in today’s gift guide and every single one is something I’d love to own (or do). And I’ve included price-points ranging from $12.99 all the way up to $159 but most of the items are under $50. Happy shopping!

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide--For Decor Lovers by ConfettiStyle

DECOR GIFTS UNDER $50

1 // Here’s proof that stylish home decor items don’t have to be expensive.  These Pierced Lanterns are just $12.99 for the set of 2. Plus they are perfect for decorating during the holidays or anytime of the year. design tip: transform a decorative lantern into a flower vase by simply dropping a clear glass vase inside the lantern to hold flowers.

2 // Animal Print Velvet Pillow — I’ve seen this pillow at my local TJMaxx and its gorgeous.  It’s lush and the 22″ X 22″ size ($39.99) is perfect as an accent pillow on a sofa or bed. It’s also available in a 14″ x 26″ size ($29.99).  design tip:  animal prints are a classic design element that will never go out of style.  

3 // After seeing this Etched Glass Globe in Dear Lillie’s home office, I had to have it.  It’s a unique decorative piece that will make a great gift for guys or gals.  And it’s on sale for $34.99.  design tip:  don’t relegate globes to the home office, they make a nice decorative statement as part of a tabletop vignette.

4 // I used these Acrylic Candle Holders on a client’s fireplace mantel and they are stunning.  The brass base and acrylic stem create the perfect mix of traditional and modern styling.  Two sizes–small $34.00 and large $41.00.  design tip: using candle holders in different sizes will add depth and dimension to a candle arrangement.  But if your pair of candle holders are the same height, use pillars or taper candles in different heights to create the same dimensional effect.

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CLASSIC DECOR GIFTS

5 //  Have you noticed how hard it is to find stylish bud vases?  Well, I’ve found the one!  This gorgeous Clear Mini Glass Vase is fluted and looks much more expensive than its $5.99 price.  design tip:  A grouping of single bud vases down the middle of dining table can have just a much impact as a large floral arrangement.  And bud vases are great at each individual place setting.

6 // I absolutely love this Rattan Ice Bucket. It’s casually chic and would look great on a bar cart or in a butler’s pantry.  $59.50  design tip:  ice buckets also make great flower vases!  Here’s a great example.

7 // There’s not much from Serena & Lily that I don’t love.  I’d use this Bedford Tray  as part of a coffee table arrangement.  $148.00  design tip:  if your tray has an open weave bottom, have a piece of clear acrylic cut to fit so the tray becomes functional for serving.

Holiday Gift Guide-- For Decor Lovers by ConfettiStyle

UNIQUE & CHIC DECOR GIFTS

8 //  I own this Faux Fur Soft Throw Blanket and can’t begin to tell you how soft it is.  It’s available in three colors but this grey is my favorite.  $59.99 d design tip:  when not in use, drape throw blankets over the backs of chairs or across a footstool as a decorative statement.

9 //  I just adore this blue and white Tassel Cachpot from Wayfair and hope Santa brings it my way for Christmas.  $159.99  design tip:  planters are not just for plants.  Oversized planters make great containers for magazine, blankets or towel storage in a bathroom.

10 // Magnifying glasses like the Zamora Magnifier Glass are a fun accessory to add to a coffee table or bookshelf vignette. And they are a good men’s gift too! $49.95  design tip:  group three or more  similar items together to create an instant collection.  Check out this grouping of magnifying glasses.

11 // How cute is this White Elephant Match Holder?   Pair this with your favorite candle and you’ve got an awesome gift anyone would love. $38.00 design tip:  whenever you’re shopping for decorative accessories, think about additional ways an item can be used.  This match holder could be used as a flower vase, ring holder or vanity accessory in the bathroom.

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That’s it for today!  I’ll be back tomorrow for the finale of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour so be sure to stop by.  I’ll be sharing the rest of my holiday decor with you.  Here’s a little sneak peek…

2017 ConfettiStyle Christmas Home Tour

Holiday Gift Guide | Books To Inspire

The countdown to Christmas continues! I’m back with another gift guide and it’s one of my favorites.  I’m sharing a few of my favorite books.  Books that have brought me joy inspired me and taught me a thing or two this year.

 ♦ BOOKS TO INSPIRE ♦


 

Holiday Gift Guide--Books To Inspire by ConfettiStyle

“A party without cake is just a meeting.” –Julia Child

Pizzazzerie–Entertain In Style–Courtney provides how-to instructions for more than a dozen occasions, each complemented with full tablescape details; decor tips; and recipes for each party.

In Style Parties–This book has been completely revised and updated since its original publication.  Page after page, you’ll find expert advice for hosting any type of party. This is a great resource book to own if you love to throw parties and entertain family and friends.

Veranda Entertaining–It’s the ultimate inspirational guide to throwing a sophisticated and stylish soirée. You’ll find ideas for choosing a centerpiece and selecting the right appetizers and cocktails to make your event stand out.

The Art of the Bar Cart–The Art of the Bar Cart features 20 different styled bar setups themed around favorite libations, personal style, or upcoming occasions.

Holiday Gift Guide--Books To Inspire by ConfettiStyle

“A home is much more than a mere shelter, it should lift us up emotionally & spiritually.” –John Saladino                                                                                                                             

William Yeoward–Blue and White and other Stories–William Yeoward reveals his passion for color, his inspirations and the ‘stories’ behind his unique use of color on a journey through a dazzling array of beautiful homes.

An Eye For Beauty–This fabulous design book is written by one of my design idols, Beth Webb. Webb explores the fundamentals of creating a home in which every element enhances our ability to live well.

Style Secrets–House Beautiful Style Essentials: What Every Room Needs is an inspiring and hardworking handbook that will show you how to create the rooms of their dreams by revealing what “every room needs.

The House That Pinterest Built–When Diane Keaton decided that she wanted to build her own home from the ground up, she took to the boards of Pinterest to find inspiration. This book is a compelling account of Keaton’s journey in building her home, from idea to realization.

Holiday Gift Guide--Books To Inspire by ConfettiStyle

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” –Steve Jobs

The Crossroads of Should and Must:  Find and Follow Your Passion–The Crossroads of Should and Must has a universal message—we get to choose the path between Should and Must. It’s about the difference between jobs, careers, and callings. The difference between going to work and becoming one with your work.

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity & HappinessGIRL CODE is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, and anyone in between who wants to become a better woman.

In The Company of Women–Over 100 exceptional and influential women describe how they embraced their creative spirit, overcame adversity, and sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship. The profiles paint a beautiful picture of what happens when we pursue our passions and dreams.

The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey–Organized into ten chapters―each one representing a powerful step in Oprah’s own spiritual journey and introduced with an intimate, personal essay by Oprah herself―the Wisdom of Sundays features selections from the most meaningful conversations between Oprah and some of today’s most-admired thought-leaders.

 

 

 

 

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Free Printable Merry & Bright Gift Tags

Happy Holidays friends! Did you have a great Thanksgiving and first official weekend of the Christmas season?  We sure did.

I know many of you were out and about  this weekend, taking advantage of the Black Friday deals.   I was right there with you and I’m happy to say I now have most of my gift list checked off. Now it is time to start thinking about gift wrapping. . . one of my favorite things!

If you have wrapping gifts on your to-do list, I’ve got a special gift just for you. I created a fun gift tag collection that I’m calling Merry & Bright for you to download and print for FREE.  The set of tags includes classic and bright colors in a variety of designs to work with just about any holiday decor theme.  These can be printed onto a white card stock and trimmed. Add narrow ribbon or twine to the holes and use that to tie them onto my gifts.  Click here to download FREE Printable Merry & Bright Christmas Gift Tags.  Enjoy!

Merry & Bright FREE Printable Christmas Gift Tags by ConfettiStyle

Merry & Bright FREE Printable Christmas Gift Tags by ConfettiStyle

Merry & Bright FREE Printable Christmas Gift Tags by ConfettiStyle

 

Merry & Bright FREE Printable Christmas Gift Tags by ConfettiStyle

 

Merry & Bright FREE Printable Christmas Gift Tags by ConfettiStyle

Merry & Bright FREE Printable Christmas Gift Tags by ConfettiStyle

Merry & Bright FREE Printable Christmas Gift Tags by ConfettiStyle

Merry & Bright FREE Printable Christmas Gift Tags by ConfettiStyle

Merry & Bright FREE Printable Christmas Gift Tags by ConfettiStyle

 

Click here to download FREE Printable Merry & Bright Christmas Gift Tags

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For those of you living in the Atlanta area and needing some gift wrap inspiration, be sure to join me this Saturday, Dec. 2nd from 10:00-11:00 am at Steve McKenzie’s for my holiday gift wrap workshop.  It’s going to be a fun morning and there will be giveaways too!  All workshop attendees are invited to bring 1 small boxed gift to wrap in a creative way.  Paper and wrapping supplies will be provided.

Click the Eventbrite link to register and reserve your spot today. I hope to see you there.

Creative Gift Wrap Workshop with ConfettiStyle Interiors

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for another holiday gift guide. This weeks gift guide includes some really awesome items for the men in your life.  Shopping for men’s gifts can be challenging but my gift guide will make it a little easier this year. You can view my previous gift guides here:

Gift Guide:  For The Fashionista

Gift Guide:  Hostess Gifts

Holiday Gift Guide | Hostess Gifts

 This time of year is super busy with holiday gatherings and parties, and chances are you’ve got a party or two to attend.  I don’t want you to show up empty handed so check out my Hostess Gift Guide.  I’ve searched high and low to round-up twelve awesome gifts to bring the hostess as a little thank you!

P.S. Some of these gifts are also perfect to wrap up and put under the tree for family or friends to open on Christmas morning. 

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Holiday Gift Guide: For The Fashionista

 

 I love shopping and during the holidays I’m can spend hours online and in stores searching for the perfect gift.  And more times than not I’ll find a few things for myself too.  That’s the case with today’s Holiday Gift Guide which includes many items I’d love to find under my tree on Christmas morning.  But, it’s not about me so here’s my gift guide for the fashionista in your life with prices starting at just $12.  Happy shopping friends!

Holiday Gift Guide For The Fashionista by ConfettiStyle

I’m always cold so I know I would get lots of use out of this Faux Fur Wrap.  It’s perfect for layering under a coat or wearing with a chunky sweater. And its long enough to drape around the shoulders and wear it like a stole.  This cutie is available in black, blush, dark navy (such a pretty color) and lt. brown. $69.95 

Zara is my go-to shopping source when I’m looking for a budget-friendly fashion handbags.  They have so many cute styles right now but the The City Bag with Faux Fur caught my attention.  Its perfect the for winter and when spring rolls around the faux fur liner can be removed making it a year-round bag. $55.90  

Cute earrings are my kryptonite especially when they’re under $20.  These 3-drop Fabric Lined Earrings are just $15.90 and would look just as great with jeans and a sweater or with a black party dress.  

 I love giving personalized gifts and this Flowering Monogram Pouch from Anthroplogie is definitely on my personal gift giving list.  It’s an ideal size to hold coins, credit cards or a few beauty essentials. $38.00

Holiday Gift Guide For The Fashionista by ConfettiStyle

 

Pom Poms + slides…sounds like match made in heaven.  These adorable Pom Pom Slides are a fun party shoe and an easy way to add a pop of fun to an everyday outfit.  I think these are going to sell out pretty quick so don’t hesitate. $68.00

Along with earrings, stylish handbags always stop me in my tracks. I love the plush texture and patchwork design of this Fabric Tote which perfect for fall and winter. $59.90

Ok friends, this really is the Ultimate Tassel Earring Set!  What makes this set so amazing is that the tassels are interchangeable. You can mix and match the colors however you like to create over 100 color combinations.  $72.00 (orig. price $248)

You know these Fleece Lined Sock with Pom Pom  from UGG are going to be warm and cozy. They are available in 4 colors.  $49.50

Holiday Gift Guide For The Fashionista by ConfettiStyle

 

I use a lot of Clinique products and they have the best holiday gift sets. For just $12.00 this Party Pops Lipstick Set will make a great gift for a girlfriend, co-worker or as a stocking stuffer.

 Cozy and cute is how I’d describe these Faux Fur Earmuffs with Headphones.  Definitely a gift for the girl who has everything. Also Available in olive. $88.00

Tassel necklaces are one of my favorite jewelry trends and this Long Tassel Necklace is my new fave.  Perfect for causal and dressy wear. $44.00

 

Holiday Gift Wrapping Workshop with Steve McKenzie’s

Holiday Gift Wrapping Workshop with ConfettiStyle

It’s no secret that one of my passions is gift wrapping.  What you may not know is that I also love to share my passion by teaching others how to wrap gifts with style and flair!

Creative Holiday Gift Wrapping–Beyond The Basics!

 I’m excited to be partnering with Steve McKenzie’s for another holiday workshop on Saturday, Dec. 2nd.  Creative Gift Wrapping–Beyond The Basics is back by popular demand and is going to be bigger and better than ever.  Join me where you’ll learn new ways to give your holiday gifts a little extra pizzazz.   In addition to sharing essential gift wrapping tips, I’ll demonstrate some fun ideas you can incorporate into all your holiday gift giving.  Workshop attendees are invited to bring 1 small boxed gift to wrap in a fun and creative way.

Holiday Gift Wrapping Workshop with ConfettiStyle

Holiday Gift Wrapping Workshop with ConfettiStyle

 

I hope to see you at Steve McKenzie’s for a morning of holiday cheer and inspiration.  Click the Eventbrite link to register and reserve your spot today!

 

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