Monthly Archives: November 2020

Peppermint Packages

Inspiration image from IKEA.com

It’s November 1st! And I’m unapologetically leaning into Christmas. I’m not pushing aside the remainder of autumn and all of its wonderfulness, but I also believe in striking while the iron is hot. I have excitement and energy right now about certain Christmas preparations so I’m going to act on it!

You know how some people have a new decorating theme each Christmas? Well, I like to have a new wrapping paper scheme each Christmas. I love to brainstorm and plan my “signature look” each year. Last year, I wanted something traditional and fancy, so I used tartan plaid paper and satin ribbon in red and dark green. The year before, I went kitsch and used a bright teal, gingerbread-themed Hello Kitty wrapping paper.

This year, I’m aiming for classic and cheerful—a candy cane theme! I bought red and white striped paper that I’ll pair with red/white baker’s twine and red satin ribbon. I also found some kraft paper tags and little round tags printed like peppermints. To top everything off, I’ll add a candy cane or sprig of greenery to each package.

I’ve collected a few gifts already and can’t wait to start wrapping. I enjoy wrapping presents, so one year I waited until Christmas Eve to wrap all of my gifts as a kind of treat for myself—but it was horrible! It took forever and I was hidden away in a bedroom while everyone else hung out together. I will never do that again. Now, I wrap gifts in small groups as I collect them.

What about you? Do you plan a “signature look” for your gift wrap each year or am I just weird? Do you wrap presents as you go or do you save everything for one marathon wrapping session?