Happy Friday, you guys! How are you holding up with just a few weeks left until Christmas? Are you still in shopping, decorating or baking mode? We shopped a little bit last weekend and the rest of the gifts should be on their way which will be exciting. Making sure the gifts have all been accounted for and have been wrapped feels like the last of the big “to-dos.”
If you need creative gift wrapping ideas, today is going to be a fun day. I’m teaming up with some fantastic ladies for a Christmas Gift Wrap Blog Tour. A very special thank you to Nancy of Slightly Coastal for putting this all together!
As some of you know, I grew up in a military family which meant every year we would have to drive for HOURS to reach our hometown for Christmas. Looking back on it now, all I can say is that my mother was a saint for going the extra mile to make us feel like we had a great Christmas even though we were rarely in our own home for the holidays.
Each year, she would try to come up with some sort of system to keep our gifts a secret while we were traveling. Sometimes, she would give our gifts a number.
One time she wrapped all of the packages with a specific paper that fit the theme of the gifts we were given. The year I got an Easy Bake Oven, most all of my gifts were wrapped in paper with gingerbread men on them.
Sometimes she would wrap our gifts all in the same color paper. If our holiday home theme that year was “Winter Wonderland” she could wrap my gifts in white, my sisters’ gifts in ice blue or silver colored paper and my dad would wind up having all of his gifts wrapped in snowflake paper. We had no idea which paper was for which person only that they fit in perfectly with the rest of the decorations in our house.
Most of the time the system worked great and we woke up on Christmas morning screaming and carrying on because my parents had created this magical experience for us. There were a few mishaps though like the time I opened a bottle of perfume one of my sisters wanted. We open our gifts one at a time and I couldn’t tell at first if they had made a mistake or not. I was totally into Electric Youth but what I had opened was a bottle of Love’s Baby Soft!
By the time my mom realized what was happening, she glided over next to me and slyly “rewrapped” the gift sort of Tootsie Roll style, added a bow to the top and put it on my middle sister’s pile.
A few moments later, I also had a Tootsie Roll style gift on my pile and was happy as a clam to be smelling like Electric Youth all day. My dad, however had a headache the rest of the day. As it turns out that same year my mom also received perfume. Did you guys ever wear Giorgio? We were the sweetest smelling family at Granny’s house that year he he!
As you’ve probably guessed from the images above, most of my gifts this year are wrapped with our home’s theme, “Heaven and Nature Sing.”
It’s been fun to find inexpensive ornaments, ribbons or greenery from the yard to embellish each gift.
The only exception we’ve made are the gifts for my niece and nephews. They make a game out of trying to see which gift is theirs given Mimi has a major “no peeking” policy at Bliss Barracks where we will be spending the holidays this year. So, we’ve personalized the North Pole Bank paper and added little gifts to the outside of their presents…
I’m hoping my sister will give me lots of grace when she spies these nails but I know my niece is going to love these. Plus it’s Christmas so she may be able to get away with wearing them if for only the day.
Be sure to check out these fabulous ladies and their creative gift wrap ideas! You don’t want to miss them…
I hope you have a peace filled and relaxing weekend. See you guys back here on Monday. If we were having a progressive supper, we would finally wind up at my house for dessert. I’ll share all of the details of how we’re decorating and celebrating the holidays at Journey’s End this year. Until then, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.