Here are some quick
tips to make
your gifts stand out from the rest:
Basket and Wax Paper Trick
Is it half-full or half-empty? Just
kidding, but to make a basket look fuller, don’t waist too much money on
tissue and other expensive basket fillers, some good ole scrunched up wax
paper in the bottom of the basket will work wonders as a filler. Put the
nice, pricey stuff on top – and you’re set!
Wired ribbon is the best for us individuals who are willing to just say it
– "I can’t make a bow.’ There I’m out. But wired ribbon is truly a time
saver and makes you look so professional. Try to allow at least one yard
for each bow. This ribbon is also great for securing cellophane when
wrapping a gift basket.
Molded garland – that is garland that doesn’t move on its string but is
molded to the string – makes great trim to tuck into your bow as it is
Floral picks are of course an obvious
choice for dressing up the bag. Look for ones on sale – and try to get
them with short stems.
Look for unusual containers . . . that also become a part of the gift.
Clay pots and garden planters, kitchen bowls, and vintage finds are always
Miniature ornaments are also great
additions to the bow or add your holiday card right to the package by
punching a hole in the upper corner and securing with a thin ribbon.
Getting the right size cellophane for
your basket or tray can be trial and error. Baskets with shorter or no
handles are the easiest. It’s always better to have more cellophane and
trim it then to be short and risk the wrapping coming loose or ‘smooshing’
the contents when you’re tying the bow.
Decorative Edge Scissors
Pinking shears add a nice touch to
ribbons, cellophane and wax paper wrapped candies; and decorative edge
scissors are great for papers.
Using Treat Bags
When using treat bags to wrap candies and cookies, look at the design –
many of the new ones have a bottleneck shape where you’re supposed to tie
it shut and some treats won’t fit through them.
Wrapping Items Individually within the Basket
Individually wrapping items is also nice for baskets – thumbprint cookies
normally couldn’t go in a basket because of their filling – but they can
be individually wrapped in a sandwich bag, tied with thin ribbon and the
top of the bag trimmed back. This works well for small treats.
Holiday gift boxes are also great
wrappers – line with wax paper and cellophane to prevent butter from
leaking through if your wrapping treats. You can also customize
inexpensive white gift boxes from the party supply store by coating with
spray adhesive and covering with fabric or decorative paper, trim when dry
(takes only a few seconds) then tape shut, add a bow and a tag.