“Taste”-ful holiday gift wrap ideas
(NC) Instead of a gift that warms the heart, why not opt for one that goes straight to the stomach? The hottest trend in holiday gift-giving puts a whole new twist on the term “tasteful,” featuring gifts that come directly from the kitchen.
Shelli Gardner, CEO and Cofounder of Stampin' Up!, a scrapbooking and crafting company, says that while homemade gifts are always a great idea, they become even more heartfelt when packaged in handmade gift wrapping. “Taking the time to bake is the ideal way to show someone that you care. And when you go the extra mile and add personalized, festive wrapping and adornments, your holiday gift becomes extra special,” she said. . “There are some fantastic new do-it-yourself gift wrap ideas that are customized for cookies, cakes, tarts and other popular holiday treats.”
Delectable Ways to Wrap Sweet Treats
Kraft paper is a growing trend that can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Gift boxes containing a festive selection of cookies can easily be customized with a selection of accessories. For example, Stampin' Up!'s kraft-inspired Decorative Window Gift Box comes in a neutral cardboard colour and can be decorated with simple elements like red and white twine and a burlap bow to give it a festively rustic look.
Gardner notes that items found around the house, such as glass jars, make the perfect packaging for homemade treats. Classic Mason jars are an ideal way to present cookies and squares. Personalize each jar by cutting a circle of Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, which features a festive blue-and-silver colour scheme, and inserting it between the lid and the ring of the jar. This simple trick creates a colourful accent that makes each gift uniquely festive.
For smaller treats, such as cookies, candy or licorice, small cellophane bags are an easy way to customize your gift wrap. The Real Red Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit from Stampin' Up! is the best way to get started since it includes all the elements required to create a wow effect with minimal effort. Begin by filling the bags with a few treats, then tie them with a piece of yarn and make a small bow. Using a colourful rubber stamp, label each bag with festive candy cane-inspired stripes printed on white cardstock. Complete the gift by adding a personalized note on the back of the label.
For do-it-yourselfers looking for new techniques and inspiration, Gardner suggests booking an appointment with a local Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, located in communities across Canada. Demonstrators can help crafters of all levels become comfortable with creative gift wrapping techniques. To find a Demonstrator in your area, visit stampinup.ca.
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