it’s a wrap

i may spend more time wrapping gifts and making them personal than i do decorating the tree. well, since the bookends ( savannah & caroline) have decorated the tree the last two years, then that’s probably not an accurate comparison. but you get the  picture.

truth be told, years ago when the girls were much younger, being somewhat of a procrastinator, i would wait until christmas eve….ugh..and have this ginormous amount of gifts to wrap. i assure you those were not all cute and pretty. i decided a couple years ago that i not only didn’t have space to store gifts until the end of december, but i wanted to enjoy them.  i’ve probably mentioned once or twenty times my love for all things anthropolgie. well they have fabulous gift boxes.  i’ve collected them for years and i save & reuse them. fear not,   i don’t wrap every single gift in an anthro box .  but i love how many of the gifts around the base are all in white little boxes all pretty & matchy matchy.

i usually grab some thick gold or silver glittery ribbon from somewhere cheap. like walmart or michaels.  i may grab a few things on the crafty “let’s make a wreath” isle at michaels or hobby lobby and add those as embellishments.  i’ll use little ornaments or just pretty little things i’ve collected over the years.  i picked up some wooden letters from hobby lobby, painted them silver and added them as toppers. pottery barn has had some pretty things over the years like gold angel wings or glittered letters too.  years ago i made some little tags with endearments such as ” merry, believe, angel baby, open me, you are loved, etc” and then just glittered the edges. i made those with all the girls names on them & add them too.
when the girls had silhouettes done when they were little , i made little digital copies of those and use those as tags too. i also have taken images, usually in black & white and made those in to tags too.

this year i got all organized and made a master list. numbered the girls gifts & all. that way on christmas morning i don’t have to try to remember what the “biggy” gift was. what? you always do this? well…i’m late to the party but mama’s got a plan this year.

does your family open all at once in some crazed wrapping paper throwing frenzy or are you more civilized and compulsive  orderly and enjoy one person opening at a time? oh we are totally one person at a time kinda people. drag all the glory out as long as possible.

another thing. i remember years ago. the girls were probably all around elementary school age and i realized i had spent a zillion dollars. the girls has all kinds of toys and books and clothes and little this & little thats. we would sit down at lunch and no fault of their own, but they could hardly remember all their gifts. i decided then and there that i would not go all crazy ever again and buy so much. while i’m not an extremist or anything, i’ve tried to real it in a little and be much more intentional, about their gifts.

i shared last year’s gift wrapping here.

emily posted about her christmas gift giving here…i love this idea and might just do this next year!

a few fuzzy iphone photos…

i’d love to see how you wrap your gifts and hear how your christmas morning unfolds 🙂

December 17, 2012 - 10:12 pm

Amy Averry - Paige you have the best wrapped gifts EVER! I did try and take a page (no pun intended, ha!) from your book and wrap my gifts with a little more pizzaz this year. I will admit in years past I did the peel and stick bows. This year I had a theme of wrapping papers and pretty ribbons with some embellishments like jingle bells and holly. The presents seem much happier with their party attire this year than last year :-)! We do the one present at a time unwrapping deal and in years past have done it in shifts (terrible, I know!) Last year we had way too many presents and I promised myself it would not be that way again. SO this year is much more subdued and I feel much better about it. I love all of your presents’ little bobbles and doo-dads. I especially love the sillhouettes and stockings AND I love that I can see your reflection in all of the red Christmas balls. Have a blessed week before Christmas dear friend!

December 17, 2012 - 10:44 pm

Holly - I’ve been following your blog for a couple years now. I love your gift wrapping – so pretty. I hope your family has a wonderful holiday season!

December 17, 2012 - 11:02 pm

Emily - Lovely! I love wrapping gifts … But I suppose I should buy some first … I am not joking when I say I only have 3 out of 16 gifts purchased. The 4 gift thing is proving harder than I thought!

December 17, 2012 - 11:06 pm

Kim I. - ok – love the wrap. i too am addicted to wrapping. I almost like that as much as the gift inside!! We do the four gifts: want, need ,wear, read and I think it is the thing that my kids like the most – hands down, the best. And yes, we open gifts one at a time so that everyone sees what everyone else got and has the appropriate amount of time to ooohh and aaahhh. Plus, I want my wrapping jobs to last as long as possible. Takes too much time for everyone to just let them rip!! :0) Merriest Christmas to you and yours! P.S. Love my Noonday items!!!!

December 17, 2012 - 11:20 pm

Lori H - Your gift wrapping is gorgeous! I have yet to wrap anything so I am not sure how gorgeous mine will be 🙂
This is our Christmas routine: My husband and I are the first downstairs. We start the coffee and pop the sausage and grits casserole in the oven. The kids (now 17 and 21) stiil aren’t allowed downstairs until my in-laws are ready. Mad dash downstairs. Santa gifts are not wrapped, just arranged around the tree. We open stockings. Then the adults have a Bloody Mary and I finish making breakfast. We eat, then go back to the tree and open gifts, one at a time. As the kids have gotten older, we get up a little later and stretch out the morning as much as possible.

December 17, 2012 - 11:21 pm

Tammie - Paige, You are such an inspiration to me and so many others. Thank you!!

December 18, 2012 - 7:23 am

Brantlee - Hi Paige,It’s probably too late to do this year but would your girls do a guest post about tips or ideas for gifts for girls their age? My daughter is 11 this year and your girls seem to always be in tune to the latest trends and fashions. Thanks and I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

December 18, 2012 - 9:04 am

Christy - Beautiful, so timeless

December 18, 2012 - 9:43 am

Traci Thorson - i am so inspired by your wrapping. just beautiful!!

December 18, 2012 - 12:02 pm

Bev - Gorgeous ! I copied some of your ideas last year and have some more ideas this year! I too take my time ! This year I am doing all plain ( natural ) wrap and ribbon coordinating to there personality !

December 18, 2012 - 12:07 pm

lisa - does sweet dan have any gifts under the tree? 😉

December 18, 2012 - 12:46 pm

Korrine - so very, very lovely!!! two questions…did you do the calligraphy on the glittered gift tags and, will you be giving any sort of source list re: your gorgeous home tour? we would all love that so so much. god jul to you!

December 18, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Kerri - beautiful Paige! I was wondering if you can share where you got the cute little stocking on one of the gifts? XO

December 18, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Susan Robinson - Holy Moly Paige, I’m just going to start calling you Santa’s Little Helper. You take the cake as far as gift wrapping. There’s no way I’m going to show you what I do, it couldn’t possibly compare or even come close to touching your pro wrapping job. That is a beautiful sight and I bet it makes things very magical for everyone. You have a true artistic talent (photography, painting, decorating, writing, gift wrapping). When it comes to talented people, God sure blessed you.

December 18, 2012 - 1:23 pm

Gloria - Paige, your gift wrapped presents are soo beautiful. You can definitely see all your time and love put into each one. I love that you have saved so many boxes from anthro.(Wow, that is alot of shopping.) My tree has several saved vera bradley green boxes wrapped with red bows. Merry Christmas!!

December 18, 2012 - 1:44 pm

chrissi - paige, your tree and packages are just lovely. since i shop for boys i miss the glitter and shine. we too, open one gift at a time and drag out the “gifting” for as long as we can. my family jokes about how much time i spend wrapping the gifts. some years i tag each gift and others i don’t so we never know which box is for who until the last minute. merry christmas.

December 18, 2012 - 4:27 pm

Tiffini - This is beautiful eye candy
Makes my heart smile:)
I know how much you treasure your girlies…enjoy. And we are one at a time drag it outers too….xo

December 18, 2012 - 8:23 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - Pretty, pretty! I love it too. The whole process.

December 18, 2012 - 11:32 pm

LLH Designs - I would truly be thrilled with just the box and the simple beauty you put on the outside! My tree doesn’t have a single present beneath it. And sadly, it won’t have any this year. Kinda feeling sad and weird about that, but it is what it is this year: a year of major change and transition. Clinging to Jesus the best I can.

December 19, 2012 - 11:43 am

Peggy - Oh Paige, your presents are beautiful! I have to admit I once decorated our packages like this but some how got away from it over the years. I think having 3 boys who could care less and were more than happy to just ripe everything to shreds in mere minutes may have had something to do with it…. and yes we are a one person at a time family. (at least when its just us…) But this year I’ve decided to resurrect the beautiful packages. My entire childhood was spent with gifts beautifully wrapped under the tree soon after Thanksgiving… why not enjoy it! Right?! Have a wonderful day! And thank you for being such a ray of sunshine! You have no idea what a blessing you are!

December 19, 2012 - 10:24 pm

tara - I’m so beyond impressed.
you should see my gifts….they are the extreme opposite from blog worthy.
they sound like the ones you used to wrap on Christmas Eve.

i’m gonna be like you one day….my gifts are gonna look this fab!

December 20, 2012 - 12:23 am

patty - when I was little, not only did we do it one at a time, we also shared the gift’s story… I was gonna get… Then the sales lady said…. I wasnt sure, so… I nearly died at my first Christmas at my in laws… Over in a heartbeat, gifts and paper everywhere. All I could say was “what just happened? Is everyone okay??” beautiful, beautiful gifts-stunning!

December 31, 2012 - 3:26 pm

janae - I LAWAYS love your wrapping Paige! And every year I vow to be more organized with gorgeous ribbon and adornments! We too are the civilized one at a time openers!