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So we've covered handmade decor, we've covered the gifts...

What about wrapping? Are you a 'throw it into a sheet of paper and pounce with the Sellotape' (I am) or are you more meticulous, taking your time to make handing over that gift extra special? I know I'm fairly artistic, it's time I have a problem with so when the big C-Day arrives I'm up at 5 with my hair everywhere biting Sellotape and wrapping things as quietly as possible. It was one of my resolutions this year to be more organised but with me editing the work newsletter and that deadline being this week, it probably isn't going to be any different to the usual "oh God I have wrapping to do!" of previous years.

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I've been in Pinterest this week, saving all the cute ways to wrap presents. Some are pretty intricate I agree, but I have a few hacks I'm throwing in there too to try make your Christmas to a little bit smoother than mine!

#hashtag #SaltaireChristmas

Over the next few weeks I'll be doing some of these too - and using the hashtag #SaltaireChristmas on social media.

Wrapping...
15. Flower wrapping

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Credit: marthastewartweddings.com

A lovely idea featuring toilet roll tubes and tissue paper, for those hard to wrap items like lotions and nail polishes. These would be pretty gorgeous to hand over - I'm not sure I could give up the finished product too easily!

So here are my five favourite wrapping related Pinspirations. [11 - 15] You can see a whole host more, as usual on my Pinterest board.

14. Chalkboard wrapping

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Black paper with designs and names artfully added in white or silver marker. I guess you'd have to have a certain degree of drawing and writing skill here - I'd end up looking for a calligraphic font and copying that to make it look really fancy!

13. Santa buckle coordinated wrapping

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Okay, this isn't something I have ever considered but after seeing it on Pinterest I'd would give it a go for presents I knew that would be stacked together and looking cute. There is also a snowman version of something like this, where the snowmans face and body are different presents and the snowman only really came to life when stacked in a particular order - see that here!

12. DIY peg gift tag holders

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These look really quaint, and would be perfect for the children to do - you can make them as complex or as simple as you need them to be and they save you having to fiddle around with that stupid string that they put on gift tags!

11. How to get that perfect bow tied

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Really important. You know those cute little bows you see on gift cards and shop bought boxes? With a fork, some ribbon and a little bit of practice you can do this too. Especially those small fiddly ones!

Presents...
10. Peppermint candy ornaments

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One for the children - let them make relatives some candy! These can be eaten from the bag or used as decorations for the tree, but they do make a cute little handmade gift to make someone smile.

9. Cookies in a jar

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In a similar vein to the previous gift idea, these make perfect secret Santa presents. Fill with the dry ingredients of the cookie of your choice and decorate with love.

8. Grown-up hot chocolate

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Part of a bigger list, I'm drawn to this just because it's a fun one for the adults over Christmas. Who wouldn't want to unwrap a naughty just-add-water (or milk if you're tempted) treat to comfort them when the kids are in bed after a hectic day? I'm half tempted to make one for myself!

7. Candy Sleighs

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These are more of a stocking filler with a bit of Christmas flair. I wouldn't have considered using candy canes to make a cute sleigh and even chocolate from the UK could be piled on.

6. Wine Carriers

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Credit: mysoulfulhome.com

Charming and filled with wine, what could be better? These are a great way to clear out your closet and tick a few people off of your Christmas list!

Decorations...
5. DIY wreath

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Now its getting complicated - making your own wreath! Again, it uses baubles which can be a little overlooked in the festive season (especially by me who likes a matchy-matchy Christmas tree) so using them to make a wreath is the perfect use for those unloved odd baubles at the bottom of the Christmas box.

4. DIY baubles

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Credit: thriftystories.com

I cheated slightly here. There are many different DIY baubles on this Pinterest link - but its to create some diversity. You can even use your own ideas. I've used many different mediums in the past - salt dough is another good one for cute little decorations which are inexpensive and really engaging for Children & adults. One of my favourites is a salt dough impression of my beloved pugs foot. Soppy but its true!

3. DIY snowglobes

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Okay, getting tricky now. These are cute little snowglobes which utilise Christmas lights to create a rather cosy effect. Now, make sure that the fairy lights you use are LED - this is important as LED lights tend not to get hot and the snow used in this jars could be incredibly dangerous otherwise. Please be responsible.

2. Baubles at the windows 

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Another cheap and effective way to decorate. I've found round baubles look the most effective at the window - and obviously, no candles (or cats) can be placed on the windowsill for the duration of the festive period once this is in place.

1. Cotton-ball blizzards

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Credit: papercrowned.com

Easy and incredibly effective, a few shops have utilised this cheap and cheerful way of making it look like a blizzard has started indoors. As a cheap way to really get it looking festive, roll the cotton wool balls in glitter or silver sequins first and you'll make some frozen snowballs! 

 
 
 
 
 
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