One of my favorite things about gift giving is the packaging— I love a beautiful presentation. We've rounded up some gift wrap options in classic prints, which are great to mix and match, or to just let stand out on their own.
I spent the last eight holiday seasons in San Francisco, a city decidedly not known for its snowfall. The Christmas fog and beribboned palm trees were very charming, but not quite the same as a white Christmas. If you're dying for a winter wonderland, invite your friends over for a faux snow party — all of the magical fluff and sparkle without the windchill!
I'll admit it: I'm the worst when it comes to having a very, very specific idea of what my holiday decor/gift wrap/dessert is going to look like, and going after it full-force. But while I might have visions of white and silver wintery woodland cookies dancing in my head, if the 7-year-old gets his heart set on making Christmas squid, moths, and carrots, who am I to argue? Squid are the best...
Gift giving is especially fun when you tailor the gift to something that the recipient would really love and appreciate. When it comes to techno-geeks or outdoorsy types, I'm at a loss for what to give friends and usually end up making them something — but when I'm giving a gift to a fellow crafty designer, I can't wait for them to unwrap it! See below for a few of my favorite crafty gifts for this holiday season.
A White Elephant gift exchange is my favorite kind of holiday party. Every guest shows up with a gift in a decided price range (usually $10 or $20), and then guests take turns choosing from the wrapped gifts, not knowing what's inside each one. Of course, you usually know what's inside the gift you brought... unless you buy a box of something from one of these mystery shops.
This year I plan to skip the trek to the east coast and spend the holidays in my adopted home of San Francisco. That means I have the opportunity to buy my first tree! Unfortunately, my boyfriend is attached to his faux pop-up tree with built-in ornaments.
If you love decorating for the holidays, but the idea of fitting an 8' tree in your tiny apartment seems more fantastic than a visit from Santa, then these ideas for holiday decorations with a small footprint might be just the thing.