As wonderful as it is to receive gifts, I love giving gifts far more! Saying that, I do tend to really rack my brain trying to find the *perfect* gifts for my dear ones, so there is quite the triumphant feeling when I find just the thing I know they’ll love. Wrapping it up then becomes a whole other joy!
I’m already at it this year…
Some of my inspiration came from the lovely ideas featured in the House of Fifty magazine, Holiday issue –
I cut out snowflake shapes from white foam sheets – could also use felt but I already had the foam (snowflake templates widely available on the internet), designed the little pocket using freely available digital scrapbooking elements and used wallpaper samples for wrapping (again, FREE! I accumulate way too many in my work). If using wallpaper for wrapping, you’ll want the thinner type as you’ll have no chance of sticking tape onto the thicker vinyl wallpapers. All the tags were free printables (I’ll get to them later). The red yarn, baker’s twine and ribbon are from my crafting stash. All I bought were some mini jingle bells for a quid from ebay and candy canes for another quid from Sainsburys. Anyway, the point of all this rambling is that money has nothing to do with making presents look wonderful, it’s all about the love baby!
If you’re looking for ideas to add that special sprinkling of love to your gifts, maybe some of these will inspire you –
A touch of sparkle via Affari
Gold glitter, velvet and peacock feather via The Holiday Guide by Emily Henderson
Love the big newspaper bow! via The Holiday Guide by Emily Henderson
Fabric wrap via Harabu House
Fabric poppy gift topper via Creature Comforts (see link for tutorial)
Layers of geometric patterns and lovely handmade clay tags via Creature Comforts. I want to get my hands on some polymer clay soon and make some clay goodies.
Beautiful white textured paper and vintage fabric ribbon via Rebecca Newport
On to the second part of this post – free printable gift tags that are so much more adorable than any shop-bought ones, courtesy of lovely, creative, artistic, generous bloggers. There are LOTS of free printable tags around the blogosphere; here is a little roundup of some I found in my short hunt. They’re from various years, so some of you may have previously seen some of them (click on the links to be taken to the posts for downloading the files) –
Peace, Love and Reindeer Hugs designed by Amy Moss of Eat Drink Chic
Too cute for words! Designed by Arian Armstrong
Candy sweet retro gift tags designed by Samantha Hahn, featured in Gifted Magazine. Make sure you check out this lovely e-magazine for gift ideas and more printable freebies!
Cheery and cute, designed by Kristen Magee of Domestifluff
Adorable! Designed by Studio Morran
Other colours also available. Designed by Paper Crave
Darling tags designed by Haciendo el Indio, free to download from the bigcartel shop (more available there)
Sweet tags in 3 colours, designed by Ez of Creature Comforts
Pretty tags for handmade gifts, designed by Sew, Mama, Sew!
Phew! I think this post has gone on long enough! I need to start my weekend.
Happy weekend to you all, hope it’s a fun one!