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Christmas Doesn't Have to Get Ugly!

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My sister and I used to have a fun tradition – every Christmas, we’d take one present for each other and try to create the ugliest wrapping scenario possible. Tacky was the name of the game and the more bows, glitter and glue, the better. We called it “The Ugly Present.” Here is one of our creations:

The Ugly Present was fun to create, but hideous to receive. You see, in our heart of hearts, my sister and I know beautiful packaging makes any gift, no matter how small, more special and meaningful. My true style for wrapping holiday gifts is classy and elegant, with a touch of embellishment. Like this shimmery garland you can find at Pier 1. A little dash of this glittery garland dresses up any present.

Even something small like a gift card can be packaged prettily in a foldable box or a container that can be functional after the gift card has been used – such as Pier 1 Import’s bejeweled boxes:

Don’t forget that childhood favorite – the stocking – not only is it a delightful mantel decoration, but it’s also a fun alternative to the bag or box for wrapping a present – roll up a sweater in tissue paper and stick it inside, or wrap several smaller presents and make it a treasure trove reminiscent of Christmas morning. Don’t settle for boring stockings either – check out the fancy footwork on these:

I definitely make a stop at Pier 1 during the holidays to pick up elegant and unique wrapping items so nobody has to have an ugly Christmas!

And here’s another giving tip – during December, drop of an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots to any Pier 1 store. And continue to spread the holiday cheer by liking Pier 1 Imports on Facebook – for every new fan, they will donate $1 to Toys for Tots!

What’s your present wrapping style? Favorite tips or unusual methods for wrapping presents?

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T Rex Mom

Wednesday 15th of December 2010

I enjoy the wrapping and my style is pretty classic. However, this year I'm attempting to clean out all the old bags that have been passed around for years and as well as some of the paper that has "almost been gone" for years. I've been getting creative. I don't even have labels. But I refuse to purchase anything new for wrapping this year!

Crunchy Beach Mama

Wednesday 15th of December 2010

oh love the Ugly Present tradition :)I hate the actual physical wrapping but love buying the wrap and ribbon and tags and all that jazz. One cute easy way is using my kids drawings/paintings/artwork. Or I'll use the brown packaging paper to wrap and have my kids decorate it.