Are you done with your Christmas shopping and/or Christmas handmade gift-making yet? I can hardly believe I’m saying this, but—with 114 hours to spare before the big day—I think I might be finished! This is definitely a new record for me . . . the majority of my Christmas gift purchasing usually takes places between 7 and 10 PM on Christmas Eve, and I do sometimes have to wrestle with the other last-minute shoppers to get my hands on the last Tickle Me Elmo. And that was before I had a kid.
I have just one more handmade gift to finish up (oh my goodness, I can hardly wait to take pictures and post it—you’re gonna freak, it’s that awesome), but other than that, I’m finished and the gifts are even wrapped and ready to go. For possibly the first time ever, I actually put some effort into the wrapping of said gifts, too. That means no wrapping paper with dogs in scarves and ice skates, or half a roll of Scotch tape holding each one closed, or names scribbled in Sharpie. Am I going to pretend that blog post potential had nothing to do with my decision to wrap gifts prettily this year? No, I am not. At least 70% of my gift-wrap choices were done with a blog post in mind, and I’m not sure if that’s something I should act ashamed of or not. So I won’t.
Okay, really—seriously—how cute are they? (Answer: super cute.) I was inspired by quite a few adorable gift wrap images on my Pinterest Christmas board—I love simply wrapped, country-looking gifts. I picked up a roll of plain brown paper and used materials I already had to wrap all my gifts this year, and I have to say, I think they look so sweet. And I’m quite pleased with myself, thank you very much.
I used scrap yarn to add pom-poms to a few gifts (which, ironically, do not contain crocheted items), and combined ribbon and twine to make more manly-looking packages. (Ew. Manly-looking packages. Should I edit that out? This is a family blog.) (Also, I’m foreseeing the inevitable comment here . . . no, I did not misspell “Jeffry.” It really is one “e” short, much to the chagrin of every other Jeffrey I know who is very bothered by that spelling. My brother even called me after he received our wedding invitation in the mail to point out that I’d spelled Jeff’s name wrong.)
And little scallop-y circles cut from old books (purchased here and intended for a paper Christmas garland that I never got around to making) add a little extra interest to a few gifts. I used a cute little stamp set I bought at Joann a few years ago (on sale for $1.50!) to add recipients’ names and messages.
You may notice that there are an awful lot of gifts for Jeff and no gifts for me under the tree. I know, I’m concerned about it, too. There actually aren’t any gifts for Forrest under the tree yet, either . . . if anyone has suggestions on how to wrap a miniature lawn mower, let me know. I’m envisioning about 3 yards of brown paper wadded around it, held together by at least 50 feet of tape. Either that, or just wheeling it under the tree on Christmas morning. I’ll probably go with that one.