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Making Gifts Look Amazing

Inexpensive, adorable gift wrap ideas!

Gifts look so much more special with some personal touches and cute wrapping. I am not the queen of cuteness when it comes to wrapping, but I found some great things to help me win this year.

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I love giving!

I LOVE giving. I love to give any time of the year to everyone. Gifts are my favorite part of Christmas. I love to help make people’s lives easier and more blessed through something I could make or buy for them. Christmas is a super fun time of year. I used to stress out about it, but I have learned to let old feelings go and make new traditions. I’ve learned to focus on time spent with loved ones and making memories and not on the hustle and the bustle and the people fighting over sales at the store.


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Christmas is what you make it.

Christmas just like any other day is what you make it. You can have the feelings you want by just adjusting where your focus is. If the giving stresses you out, cut your list down and simplify. If the cooking stresses you out, order some pizzas the day before and heat them up on Christmas. It’s a time for love and joy not perfection and stress.

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I LOVE rustic wrapping. Brown paper, twine, mason jars, raffia and other things that look like Laura Ingalls would have received her gift in them are really my cup of tea. I love coming up with great vintage looking wrappings for my gifts.

I also love cute shaped boxes. I love giving treats like a cupcake or cookies in a cute container that shares the Christmas spirit. Festive wrappings are the bee’s knees.

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Wrap according to your style.

Oriental Trading has great prices on their tissue paper, wrappings, and ribbons. I love using curly ribbon. It has a hundred uses and one roll will last forever. These rolls they have are 500 feet. It’s good quality ribbon for adorning your holiday packages in a ton of cute ways. Making curly bows, tying up packages, and even making hair bows for little girls are all great ways to utilize this stuff.

Oriental Trading Company offered me some Christmas wrap in exchange for my honest opinion about them on the blog. All opinions on the wrap are completely my own.

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Tissue paper can make your gifts shine too. I love to get a big multi pack of tissue and use it throughout the year. You can stuff it in your gift bags to make them look more festive. You can fluff it up in a basket to make your basket items at the right height or to keep them in place and add a pop of color. You can wrap an article of clothing in it inside your gift box. It’s super versatile.

Buy wrapping that can be used for many seasons.

I prefer gift wrapping supplies that can be used any season. I love taking a festive black and white polka dot paper and tying it with a big red bow to make it look Christmassy. You can use the same paper and tie it with a white bow for a men’s birthday gift earlier in the year. You can use the polka dot paper to wrap a child’s toy gift and make a bow out of multi colored curly ribbon that a child would love.

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Check out Oriental and all of the affordable gift wrapping options they have. There is tons of cute stuff there that can make wrapping your gifts and making them look special so much easier.

My daughter makes bows for packages from wrapping paper or even brown paper sacks. They are so cute, here is one she made for fall gifts. I love it! Click here to check them out.

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I love to use peach baskets that I buy my peaches in to make my gifts look old fashioned. They look so adorable all full of love and joy.

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Make your Christmas packages look extra special. 

It just takes a few minutes to make a package look extra special. An extra ribbon, some cute containers, or a pretty bow make your gifts look thoughtful and personal. Click here to see some more gift-wrapping ideas.

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Inexpensive, adorable gift wrap ideas!

 

Give FABULOUS Handmade Gifts and Support Small Businesses

I think it’s so awesome to give or receive personally handmade gifts. Anyone can get mass produced junk from wally world but it’s so thoughtful to get a gift that someone actually spent time designing and creating for your loved one. There are many great gifts that come from the store, for sure. I appreciate any gift someone gives me. I just appreciate people loving me and don’t really need gifts anyway. But there is something super special about receiving something that is one a kind and unique.

Many handmade things can make great gifts. A book from a small author just getting started, and hand painted piece of art, some fun children’s products that would make any little girl sing, or some yummy smelling soaps made from pure, natural ingredients are fun ideas for super personal and thoughtful gifts.

Have a handmade Christmas!

When I purchase something handmade from someone, I like to think about all the time and effort that went into making that item. I love making things for people, but my skill set is limited. I can forge something like a blacksmith or crochet someone a hat. I love being able to find something unique that is from another skill set I don’t have such as sewing or woodworking.


I know when I make something unique as a gift for someone, I really think about that person as I’m spending time creating their gift. I know people who sell on etsy, or Facebook or other online sites or even people who bring their wares to craft shows and venues make a special effort to make each of their handmade items top quality and unique.

I love trying to find gifts on etsy first. There is so much beauty and talent represented there. I asked in a few Facebook groups and found out there is SO much more out there than just etsy though. You won’t believe some of the awesome products I found. Click on the red links to go straight to the products.

Quality Handmade Gifts

Check out these gorgeous hand forged items I found from a blacksmith online!

Hand forged metal and wood products

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Do you have any animals in your life? I found pet supplies and even goat supplies online. Amazing!

Goat supplies and products

Quality pet supplies and products

Goat treats

Is there anything more amazing than high quality body products? I have made some homemade salves that totally blow store bought products away! You can get some great quality body products online as well. I can’t wait to order some of these things for the people on my shopping list!

Natural bath and beauty products

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Salves, teas, and other wonderful products  

Wonderful, homemade, one of a kind soaps 

Botanically inspired products and 100% organic apparel (site goes live 11/15!)

There are great products for your home and personal life available on the internet as well. I love looking through all of these amazing home, essential oil, books, baby products, and other supplies that I’m not sure I can live without. Check them out, you’ll love what you get from these artisan makers.

An online gardening course would make an AWESOME Christmas gift or for any other time of the year! Check out these classes you can get at a discount right now by using my affiliate links here.

Growing Tomato Heaven

Vegetable Gardening Basics

PVC Drip Irrigation 

Seed Starting Simplified

Year Round Gardening

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Home Goods, Essential Oil Supplies

Book: “Colors of Joy”: A Woman’s Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss

Books, Products and Tote Bags

Baby Bling, Tutus and Bows

Handmade Hairbows and Accessories

Wildcrafted Products from Farm and Forest

Handmade Jewelry and Crocheted Items

Handmade Candles

Handmade Crocheted Products and Soap

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Soaps and Herbal Products

Love goes into each and every product that is made for sale online. I hope you will consider buying local, buying homemade, and buying direct from the creators of as many things as you can this year! Even if you decide to purchase a product that’s not handmade, please consider buying local and buying from small business owners.

Small business owners of every kind are paying for dance lessons, their child’s school lunches, food for family and those types of things rather than vacation homes and fancy cars. It makes a big difference to the person you chose to shop from when they are the little guy. Please consider shopping from some of these websites.

Support Small Businesses

Curbside Overhaul-Amy Howard paint products for all of your paint and brush needs

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Pantry Paratus-Equipping and teaching pantry preparedness

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DoTerra Essential Oils

Gorgeous Hair Accessories

Books

More DoTerra Oils

Garden/Farm/Wildlife Apparel and Merchandise

Young Living Essential Oils

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