Gorgeous Gift Wrap for Christmas

When you spend countless hours planning and purchasing gifts for your family and close friends, you don’t want to stop short on the wrapping. First impressions really are everything. The way the gift is presented is the part that says, “I care about you so much, I made this gift look as pretty as I could.” And that’s a warm, welcoming message for anyone!

You might remember I wrote a fun post last season that shared lots of ways to wrap gifts. Be sure to check that out if you want to break out some different wrapping techniques.

Today’s post shares a few of my favorite papers. Good ol’ Kraft paper decorated with markers, paints or stamps is my ultimate favorite.

But sometimes a special gift calls for specialty papers and labels like these gorgeous numbers…

{Rifle Paper Company: Adorable retro papers that evoke the spirit of Christmas past}

{Paperjacks: Playful labels to adorn perfectly patterned papers}

{Zazzle: Personalized paper with your photos and messages!}

{Paper Source: Glitzy polka dots and other charming patterns}

{William Morris: Non-traditional holiday colors that would look beautiful wrapped with gold ribbons}

What’s your favorite paper? Once we have that figured out, it’ll be time to top our packages. Stop by tomorrow for a few ideas on the trimmings!

-Kate

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Five Unique Hostess Gifts

My mom is one of the most gracious guests. She always shows up with a gift in hand – even if she’s just coming over to visit the kids. While she’s originally from the West Coast, she raised our family with good Southern manners. And I try to carry on her tradition of bringing something with me to every event.

Sometimes I grab a bottle of wine and call it good, but notable occasions, like a Thanksgiving meal or holiday party, call for something more special. So…

Here are a few unique ideas to tuck in your thinking cap as you’re planning gifts this season. And they’re all around $10, which means you won’t have to break the bank shopping for all of your friends.

{ONE} Holiday Plates

A hostess can never have enough serving dishes. Really. It would be a welcomed treat to receive any one of these dessert plates. And by one, I mean you could buy a set of these precious plates from Pier One for $20 and divide them up as four hostess gifts. Fill the plate with homemade cookies, wrap with cello, add a pretty gold bow and you have yourself a show stopping gift – times four!

{TWO} Convertible Scarf

This cute little number is called the Ellie Convertible Button Scarf from Mudpie. It can be worn three ways: traditional over the shoulder, as a draped shawl or as a chunky scarf. Regardless of how it’s draped, your friend will be wearing it with a smile once she opens this gift. You might just need one for yourself, as well. The current price is $9.99. You can have it monogrammed for an additional $10.

{THREE} Personalized Oreos

For that quirky and fun friend, who also has a sweet tooth, this gift will be one she’ll remember. You can log on to the Oreo site, design your package and they’ll ship it right to you. The package price is only $10.

{FOUR} Williams-Sonoma Pancake Mix

Who doesn’t love waking up to a stack of piping hot pancakes? This is a gift your hostess will appreciate come sunrise. Package price is $10.95. If you want to splurge, you could add a pound of freshly ground coffee beans from your local coffee shop and tie them together with a pretty ribbon. Breakfast is served!

{FIVE} Custom Coasters

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Of course I had to mention these adorable coasters from Qostr. They’re ideal hostess gifts you can personalize with pictures or other designs. Be sure to use promo code NOVEMBER20 to get 20% off your order. This offer is just for Neat Nook readers, so enjoy!

I’m also hosting a giveaway for one set of Thanksgiving coasters that were designed just for The Neat Nook. You only have until Monday, 10pm Central to register to win. Enter below, my friends!!

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Have a terrific weekend and be sure to check out all of the blogging goodness on Five on Friday and Oh, Hey Friday!

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-Kate

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