To and From

Wooot!!! It’s time for the holidays!  I’m one of those people who is all about the wrapping. Yes, what’s inside counts, but I love a pretty package.  So I do take a little time with my wrapping and bows. I’m not fancy pants in my wrapping skills like some are, but the presents are pretty when I’m through.  One thing that I love about wrapping is using cute gift tags.  I’ve done the foil ones, the stick on ones and those little ones with string that you tie onto the package (where, I ask?)  I’ve also used the cute mini cards before and am always tempted to decorate them so they aren’t so simple. 

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Now, one of the best things about the holidays to me are traditions.  I adore traditions and carrying on fun memories from my childhood into my children’s lives.  One year my mom put all our gifts under the tree without a single tag or declaration of who they belonged to. I know she did it to mess with me, because I tend to be able to guess what the gift is just by holding it.  Yes, maybe I shake a time or two, too, but I was accurate enough that I guess I was ruining the surprise.  So all the gifts under the tree, unless they came from someone outside the family or were for someone other than me or my brothers, had no tags.  None!!! She’d cleverly written a number on each, though, so we couldn’t see it, that let her know whose was whose on Christmas morning.   Now, I thought this was so fun that I had to do it to my kids.  But they’d heard the story before, so I figured I’d better make it a little more complicated.  I still used a number, but it was multiple digits, with only the 4th digit designating who the gift was for.  The problem was–as my daughters keep telling me–that I lost the paper I’d written in order to decipher the code, so there was quite a scramble Christmas morning.  Needless to say, they groaned and whined a LOT this year when I told them we’d be having surprise gifts again.  Only this time, I’m not using numbers.  I made my own gift tags, and used a code on each of them (the border designates whose gift is whose) and they have no clue whats up.  I’m figuring this will be a lot of fun 😀  

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The wrapping is an important factor in my latest release, too.  Naughty Christmas NIghts opens with a holiday costume party, with all of the guests coming as their favorite holiday character.  To take the wrapping theme a little further, they both represent lingerie companies.  Talk about wrapping, right?  

Here’s a fun little scene from the story:

“You don’t know?  You’re supposed to be portraying your favorite holiday character.” 

   “I lost a bet.” 

     “So you’re not really all Grinchy about the holidays?”  She tilted her head to one side as she asked the question, her bells tinkling as if to dare him to deny the joy of the season.

     Gage hesitated.  He never tried to hide his disdain for the holidays, nor was he worried about offending a potential business associate over differing views.  But he couldn’t quite bring himself to dim the sparkle in Hailey’s eyes.  Sharing his opinion of Christmas would be akin to telling a four-year-old that Santa was a sleigh-load of crap.  Which was exactly what his stepmother-du-jour had done to him. 

     Instead, he did what he was best at. Sidestepped the question with a charming smile.  “I promise you, I’ve never been called Grinchy in my life.”

     The speculation in her big eyes told him he might need to toss out a little more charming distraction.  Otherwise, she seemed like the stubborn type.  The kind who sweetly nagged at a person until they’d spilled their every secret, then thanked her for dragging them through the ugly memories. 

     “How about you?” he asked.  “Why is an elf your favorite holiday character?”

    “Elves are clever.  They bring joy and create beauty, but they stay behind the scenes.  They’re the cute and cuddly part of the background.”  To emphasize her point, she offered a bright smile, tilted her chin toward her shoulder and twirled around so her skirt offered a tempting view of her stockings.  Which, Gage’s mouth watered to realize, were thigh-high and held up with garters. 

     “But elves don’t have their own movie,” he pointed out.  “As grumpy as he is, even The Grinch gets top billing.”

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     “Elf is a movie.   And top billing usually comes with top headaches,” she pointed out.  “Expectations and demands of excellence.  Appearances, groupies, haters.  Is all of that really worth the spotlight?”

     Gage frowned. 

    Hell, yeah it was worth it.  The other option sounded kind of… forgettable.  Who aspired to that? 

     Maybe that’s why she was an agent instead of striving to be the star, he guessed. 

     Still…

     “Being on top is better than being on the bottom,” he pointed out.

     “Not always.”  Her words were low, teasing and lilting with innuendo.  The look in her eyes was hot, sexy.  And way more appreciative of the view than he figured his costume warranted.  But who was he to dissuade a gorgeous woman from appreciating him? 

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     His momma didn’t raise no fools.  Of course, she didn’t raise her sons either, but that was beside the point.

Right now, the point was seeing how hot this spark could flame between he and the deliciously naught elf.

     He stepped closer.

     Amusement and desire both clear on her face, Hailey stepped back.  With a quick glance over his shoulder, as if gauging their privacy, she wet her lips.

     Gage almost groaned.

     He probably could have walked away before.

     Probably.

     But now?  Seeing that full mouth damp and inviting?

     He wasn’t leaving without a taste. 

And because we’re celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas, here is a yummy holiday treat that I love to make this time of year. I actually got the recipe a few years back from our own Bandita Buddy, Fedora!!! Thanks, Fedora 🙂

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Graham Cracker Bark

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound (two sticks) butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 box (about) graham crackers (not crumbs)
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped  nuts

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 10 x 15-inch jelly-roll pan with non-stick foil. Arrange whole graham crackers to fit the bottom of the pan in a single layer, breaking up the last few to fit the space.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar and white sugar. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and let the mixture gently bubble for 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

Carefully pour sugar/butter mixture evenly over the graham cracker layer. Spread to cover. Bake for 10 minutes.

When done, remove from oven and let rest until bubbling subsides. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top. Wait about 2 minutes for chocolate to melt, then use a spatula to gently spread chocolate chips into an even layer on top of the toffee graham crackers. Sprinkle with the chopped macadamia nuts, pressing down gently into the chocolate.

Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for 2 hours. Peel foil from chilled bark. Break into 2-inch irregular pieces.

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So… tell me, are you a fancy wrapper or not?  Do you do gift tags, and what kind?  Share your wrapping secrets and stories for a shot at winning your own autographed copy of NAUGHTY CHRISTMAS NIGHTS, as well as one of our fabulous Romance Bandits rooster ornaments!!! 

COME BACK TOMORROW FOR MORE HOLIDAY FUN WITH THE 12 DAYS OF BANDITA CHRISTMAS!!  LOOK FOR MORE INFO ON OUR BIG CHRISTMAS DAY PRIZE!!

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115 Comments

  • Amy Conley says:

    Only gifts from family are wrapped. 99.9% of Santa’s presents are unwrapped.

  • Jane says:

    I enjoy wrapping presents, but I’m not a master wrapper. I do love gift tags, but most of the ones I buy now are stickers, not the real tags.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Jane, I’m with you. I love the tags, but the stickers come in huge packs….I’m not through the pack I bought last year! Hahah!!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Those sticky foil tags are fabulous. The only problem I have is they don’t’ have enough room for all my writing. 1) I have fat writing and 2) if its from the family, I can never get more than Aunt Tawny and Uncle….

      They are so much easier to use, though!

  • Kaelee says:

    We draw names for Christmas so I don’t have to wrap much but I do like to make the parcels look pretty.

    Back when my nieces and nephews were kids, I used to buy lots of wrapping paper on sale after Christmas. I made sure that each of my sister’s five kids and each of my brothers four kids had a different colored paper and their parents also. Same with my husband’s side of the family. I would sometimes make gift tags out of little pieces of matching wrapping paper by folding a piece in half and cutting out a square or rectangle. I opened them up and wrote to and from inside and taped them on the parcel to match the paper. Like matching wallpaper.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Grins. Now, see there, Kaelee, we’re doing that Twin thing again. That “matching wallpaper” thing is EXACTLY what I do. I bought the stickers and am using them, but we’ve always done the “use leftover paper” thing in my family.

      And btw, WOW on the number of kids….Grins.

      • Kaelee says:

        My older sister had 5, my older brother had 4 and my younger brother and I have none so it kind of works out to the 2.5 average. My husband’s sister and brother had two kids each.

        YES I MATCHED TO HIDE THE TAG ~ AND ONE NEPHEW’S ALWAYS GOT TAPE ON THREE SIDES. I decorated each parcel with an Christmas ornament ~ I bought lots of neat ones on sale after Christmas.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Oh my, that’s a lotta lil kids to wrap and buy for 🙂

      The matching wallpaper sounds so pretty -did you match the tag piece up to the paper so it was hard to find. Yes, thats the kind of thing I’d do :-\

      The unique paper per kid is so clever!!! I always intend to do the day after Christmas shopping frenzy, but I’m always exhausted the day after Christmas and never do.

  • flchen1 says:

    LOL! Hi, Tawny!! I loved your post–wrapping is a fun thing, but I have to get better at the early shopping so I can enjoy the wrapping rather than being anxious and slapping the paper on or shoving the gift into a bag at the last minute!

    I tend to be pretty conservative though–I use a roll or two for all our gifts until I run out, then we restock with another roll or two 🙂

    And hee! Glad you liked the recipe! I’m about to start our treat-making tomorrow too! 😉

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Fedora, I LOOOOOVE that recipe. I made a batch last week and took it to the writing retreat-the gals loved it, too. Yummmmmm

      Oh, I hate last minute rush wrapping. Fun wrapping means putting on music or a holiday show, sitting down in the middle of the floor surrounded by paper and ribbon and bows, and enjoying it all as a creative outlet.

      I think it’s been a lot of years since I did that, though LOL. The best I get these days is an hour in the room with the door shut, my headphones on and a handful of gifts dragged out of hiding.

  • Mary Preston says:

    We only wrap gifts for under the tree too. Any Santa gifts are accessible.

    I’m not a fancy wrapper, but my daughter loves to add ribbons & bows. We don’t buy them they have all come off past gifts given.

    Our gift tags are stickers too. They are brilliant. The old tags always fell off for some reason. Rummaging perhaps!!!

    I do recycle Christmas cards into gift cards. A little clever snipping & good to go.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Santa doesn’t wrap at our house, either, Mary. in part, because its harder to hide a wrapped gift for some reason, and in part because I’m too lazy to buy a completely different paper just for Santa *g*

      Oooooooh, Ill bet your card tags are gorgeous. I want to learn to do that!!! I’ve seen some gorgeous ones 🙂 and it’s such a good recycling use!

  • SecretNinja says:

    I positively suck at wrapping gifts so I try to keep it as simple as possible. To make it prettier, I try to fancy it up with the trimmings, nice ribbons curled up but mostly, it’s straightforward, regular wrapping paper and a sticky gift tag with their name on it!

    Ada

  • blodeuedd says:

    I am the worst wrapper in history, I hate it and they always look bad

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      You and me both, blodeuedd! I rejoiced the day gift bags came into vogue….Grins.

      • Cassondra Murray says:

        Okay the whole evil twin thing just went right out the window.

        I am surprised by this. Yes, I am.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Like Jeanne said, this is why they made gift bags. And I do love a pretty gift bag 🙂 We have one that has a big plastic Santa nose that squeaks when you squeeze it. Others that are fancy and glittery and trimmed with fur.

      Yep, gift bags can be a good thing!!!

      I still put tags on them, though LOL

  • I’m just dreadful at wrapping. I’m also so envious of my sister-in-law’s awesome gift wrapping skills. Me, I’m a fan of the gift bag. 🙂

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Ahhh, another gift bag fan 😀

      They can really look great under the tree, too, with the tissue paper all fluffed and fancy. I put the tag on the paper, since I love to reuse the pretty bags.

  • Anita H. says:

    Hi Tawny, love your story about using a secret code for gifts, very clever idea! 🙂 I absolutely enjoy wrapping presents– I especially like to trick my family by using different shape boxes and bags to disguise the actual present. And I love using “the works” — fancy bows, ribbons, tags cut from different recycled materials–the more fancy looking, the better! I just like to draw out the suspense of unwrapping gifts. I’ve been known to put small gifts inside medium boxes inside larger boxes just to fool people. Because with me, you never know what your gift may be, as appearances are deceiving!!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      ROFL Anita, your house must be so fun when it comes to present opening time!!! I’ll bet your tree is stunning with all those gifts, too.

      My oldest daughter has a friend who wraps as you do – one year she created a pyramid out of duct tape and cardboard. Opening that was a lesson in knife skills. Another year she wrapped a box big enough for a dishwasher. inside was a lot of filler,and a bunch of wrapped rectangles. Most were bricks *g* but one was the actual gift. My daughter had to unwrap until she got to the gift, then just in case, she had to keep unwrapping to make sure she hadn’t missed anything. That was so fun.

  • Helen says:

    Tawny

    I am so not good at wrapping LOL but I do wrap everything and put sticker tags on them with names and I try to use as much different coloured paper as possible 🙂 and it always looks great.

    And I have to say I so loved your new book and the excerpt here is so good I recommend everyone read it the tree decorating is so good 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Tawny Weber says:

      You are so sweet, Helen 😀 Thank you!!! I love that you enjoyed Naughty Christmas Nights.

      I’ll bet your tree is so pretty with all those different papers. Your grandchildren must love it 🙂

  • Di R says:

    I love to wrap presents-I just don’t like to wrap them all at once. It is not so fun when you’re up until 2 am, on Christmas Eve.

    I really enjoyed the excerpt-I’m thinking your book may make it into my stocking this year.

    Di

  • Di R says:

    I love to wrap presents-just not all at one time. It is not fun to be up wrapping until 3 am on Christmas Eve. I use stickers for name tags.

    I enjoyed the excerpt! I think your book may just end up in my stocking this year.

    Di

  • Di R says:

    I use the sticker tags, it’s all about ease. Although I do sometimes make my own with blank address labels and my stamps.

    I really enjoyed the excerpt, and hope to find the book in my stocking!

    Di

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Oooooh!!! that is a great idea for making sticker tags. I might have to try that next year 😀 I don’t have a lot of holiday-style stamps, but I’ll bet I can score a few on sale after the holidays. Thanks 😀

      And thanks, too, for enjoying the excerpt 😀 This is their first meet at the costume party and it was so fun to write. Right up until his zipper gets stuck

  • Barb says:

    Hi Tawny

    I wrap and put sticky Christmas labels on the pressies…. I won’t say I am a good wrapper lol
    Loved this book…

  • Maureen says:

    The family of a friend of mine from high school made these beautiful, elaborate gift boxes but you didn’t rip open the present. You lifted the top off the box because they re-used them every year. I have never been a fancy wrapper since I don’t have the patience to make those lovely packages.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Ooooh, thats a gorgeous idea! I’ve seen some really pretty boxes -we have a few small ones, actually. That would be so cool, except for the storing them all year and trying not to get their bows smooshed.

  • I hate wrapping presents. I wasn’t always like this. It’s burn-out from being the main gift wrapper for decades. When the kids were little, I’d hide the gifts as soon as they were purchased. Then on Christmas eve, I wrapped them all while the dh tackled the “some assembly required” girfts. Sometimes I’d run out of tags and just write the name on the package. These days I use the sticky To/From tags and try to use reuseable gift bags to wrap when I can. It sure does make the clean-up easier. 🙂

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Its easy to hit burnout with years of wrapping, Donna. I hit it a few years back, so my daughter took over. Then she moved out (sob) and I had to start again. The break helped, though 😀

  • Mozette says:

    So… tell me, are you a fancy wrapper or not?

    Mum taught me to wrap presents… so I learned to curl ribbon with a pair of scissors and to make an ordinary card look great by taking my time and writing neatly on it.

    As time progressed, I learned to wrap bottles in cellophane and add the stick-on bows with the contrasting ribbons so they looked as though somebody else at a wrapping counter did it. I also learned to do the french folding technique (now, that takes practice, but now, I can do that with my eyes shut!). You know the one where you get a little more paper than you need, equal it up at the ends, flip and fold it under firmly and then fold it again away from you… yeah that it… :D. Now, that took me a long time to master.

    Do you do gift tags, and what kind?

    Gift tags were another thing I learned to do. I used all kinds. Mum did Calligraphy, quilling and other great craft things around this time of year, but she’s got arthritis now and can’t do it anymore. However, her cards were outstanding! So, we had all kinds of cards which looked like wonderful works of art… and none of us wanted to throw them away.
    I’ve used the glittery stick-on types, the recycled paper ones and the ones you can buy from the Cancer Foundation or the Epilepsy Foundation and they send them out to you for you to use on your gifts. 😀 Good money going to a good cause. 😀
    Share your wrapping secrets and stories

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Mozette, I totally want a lesson in the French Folding Technique. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that. But now I have to know.

      • Mozette says:

        Okay… I’ve googled this, and every video out seems to tape the paper to box. Strange idea, but it does.

        How I wrap a gift:

        You get your gift, wrapping paper and scissors and tape. Measure out your paper around the gift and make sure you have half more than you need usually to go around the the gift (and don’t worry if it’s a little messy with cutting or wrinkled, the folding will hide this).
        Cut some tape strips (plain, ordinary tape, not double-sided) and stick it off the corner of something nearby where you can get it to easily. Then, put the present in the middle of the paper and gently pull the long ends of the paper up and round holding them up (like you do with shoelaces to get them even in length) and to get them even. The next bit is the tricky part: about a halfway down, you fold the paper, then before you press down hard, you fold the edge under that folded half again and press down hard so it stays down and tape it to hold it. Trim the edges and finish up the usual way you would by folding in the edges and double folding the ends in to hide the messy edges left over.

        I add either ribbon or bows and then the card. 🙂

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Ooooooh I’d love to learn french folding, too!! that sounds so pretty.

      My aunt does paper folding ornaments, but I’ve never seen folding in wrapping, except, of course, to get the paper to fold around the gift 😀

  • Deb says:

    Ooh, Tawny, my grandma used to make this treat, but with a saltine base and pecans. It’s very rich and very good. Thanks, too, for the excerpt.

    Hmmm, this is a difficult question to answer. I do well with wrapping as long as it is not some odd-shaped object with no box, ha! I do tend to buy paper that is either foil or heavier (yep, even more expensive) because wrapping is made easier with them. I sometimes use stick-on labels and have even stamped my own, but this year….Confession time, gulp. I just cut little flaps from the wrapping paper and made nametags to tape onto the top of the presents. Hey, at least I used the same paper that I used to wrap the presents! 😉

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Deb, I’ve done that with the wrapping paper a lot. I like it a lot better than just writing the name on the gift.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Deb, isn’t flimsy paper irritating when it comes to wrapping?! I try to get a med or heavy weight, too, but fell in love with the cutest peppermint candy design this year and grabbed it without checking. the paper rips as soon as I put a box on it. Drives me crazy 🙁

      I like the big, lots of paper on them rolls, too.

  • Joan Kayse says:

    Great topic, Tawny…

    I am not so advanced as to use DaVinci Code for presents (Just bro and me) but that is cool. You could up the ante and hide some in Scotland, the Lourve…:D

    I can wrap pretty well but it has to be quality paper which isn’t found too much nowadays. Foil is preferred for crisp edges. I adore pretty ribbons/bows but have no talent with them so it’s packaged ones for me.

    Now off to get ready for a holiday brunch…no wrapping needed for macaroni salad 😀

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Mmmm, Macaroni Salad. I’ll bet it was delish 😀

      I tried making bows before, but other than the ones to stick in my dogs hair, I’m not great at it. I like to use real ribbon sometimes for the bows, or I use bagged bows and lots of curly ribbon to make it pretty.

      Foil does crease so much better!!!

  • Shannon says:

    I hate wrapping presents (buying is a different story) gifts. And it shows. This year, Mom didn’t have bows handy, so the presents got wrapped. My poor SIL will have to add bows if they are to get prettified. The miracle is that admist everything else, the presents did get bought. Now to get that last gift and get it into the mail.

    I am also supposed to get a gift for party this afternoon. I hadn’t even thought of the difficulty of wrapping it. That’s why there’s gift bags! Problem solved.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Tag team wrapping, holiday style 😀

      I’ll be honest, I’d almost rather wrap than shop. I am not great at thinking up clever, thoughtful gifts. I wish I was.

      Gift bags are such a boon for those last minute or crazy shaped gifts!!!

  • sandyg265 says:

    I hate wrapping. I prefer gift bags.

  • may says:

    I am not a bad gift wrapper unless it’s very odd shape and I’ll use a gift bag. I love making pretty ribbons so I do use a lot of it. The colours make a big difference!

  • Hey Tawny!

    I love Christmas wrapping. I love putting ribbons on presents, but I confess to only doing the peel and stick tags. If I had time to craft some special paper ones I’d do it. But by the time I wrap all the presents for the clan…well, there are just too many of them. The peel and stick is just so the right present goes to the right person, you know?

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Yep, I totally know what you mean, Suz 🙂

      We don’t have a lot to wrap for–nowhere near as big a family as you have–so making tags isn’t a major time intensive project. It did get irritating last night, though, when I ran out of cute little things to decorate the tags with. I need to work on that today LOL.

  • catslady says:

    I use to spend hours and hours making beautiful ribbons for my packages and then I got a cat that ate ribbon (sigh). So now it’s just pretty paper and gift bags. I never put tags on my girls Christmas gifts. I would just memorize who they belonged to (2 girls). I would put them on separate sides lol. And then I used a particular color scheme – one was mostly green and the other red lol. Now that there are boyfriends I put names on them lol. Your recipe sounds wonderful but I can’t remember the last time I baked.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Noooooo!!! No ribbon snacks for the cats! I had a cat who would hide in the tree, or amongst the presents underneath but none have actually eaten the gifts or wrapping, thankfully!

      Ahh, red on one side, green on the other, thats awesome! And that recipe is super simple if you want to jump back into baking 😀

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    I love fancy wrapping paper and gift tags but somehow always end up with something cheap! Lol!

  • gamistress66 says:

    I use to be a fancy wrapper but now it only happens when the mood strikes and time is available 🙂 if nothing else ribbons streaming & curled makes for a quick “pretty up” on any package or bag 🙂

  • gamistress66 says:

    i use to fancy wrap but now days only when the mood strikes & time is available, but in a pinch some streaming & curled ribbons always help fancy up any package or bag quickly 🙂

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Oooh, ribbon on bags is always extra fancy. Its funny how ribbon can take any gift from plain to fancy, isn’t it. Or fun, frilly, serious -it’s all in the bow 🙂

  • Quilt Lady says:

    I use to be a fancy wrapper but not anymore. I seem to have become a bagger now. So much earier and doesn’t take as long.

  • Becke Turner says:

    Tawny,

    A Grinch and an Elf? Sounds fun.

    My dh came up with a darling idea this year. He created package labels with a small picture of the person the gift belonged to so the grands could just look at the picture.

    He didn’t add a from because we will be the only ones giving gifts with those picture labels.
    b

  • Cassondra Murray says:

    *raises hand*

    Hi, I’m Cassondra and I’m powerless over my wrapping.”

    I am addicted to pretty packages, and collect ribbon, basket-making supplies, and other wrapping bits to the point that they’re in the way.

    I think there’s nothing like getting a beautifully-wrapped package. When I have an hour to buy, wrap, and arrive at the party, I go for a gift bag. But otherwise, I wrap. I’ve developed sort of a signature style now. The paper is usually sort of “antique” looking, and most of the time it’s brown shipping paper because that’s a blank canvas–and the ribbon and bows…sometimes they’re country looking, and other times they go completely opposite–glittery wired wreath ribbon in gold or silver, with ornaments or berries or velvet poinsettias attached in the middle of the whole shebang.

    People look under the tree and point. “I bet Cassondra wrapped that.”

    One time when my nephews were kids, I bought packages of those giant glow-in-the-dark bugs and glued them all over the package. They’re boys, yaknow?

    Another time I glued a dinosaur to the top of the package, in the middle of each bow. (Neice got a unicorn).

    Yeah, I’m all about the wrapping, because when I was a little girl one time my mom bought a wedding gift at the “fancy” store in town, and they wrapped it. They had a bow making machine, and that was the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen. Since then, I’ve loved beautiful packages, and I think that’s almost as much fun as the gift inside.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Ooooh! how freakin’ cool to get a unicorn on your bow!! (Or a dinosaur, I wouldn’t have been picky…)

      You and Tawny got the Creative Genes I think. This bypassed me, somewhat…

      • Cassondra Murray says:

        So not true. You are incredibly creative. It surprises me that you don’t like to wrap. I’m still processing that whole thing…

      • Tawny Weber says:

        Unicorns always rock 🙂

        My daughter always wraps an ornament with her gifts in the bow. That’s usually where i get my shoe ornament, or she has given me hand blown chocolate covers strawberries and cupcakes, too.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      I LOVE gifts wrapped in kraft paper. Its so versatile. You’re right, it goes with everything, well, except maybe elegant. But you can add so much to it, like sprigs and silk flowers, gingham ribbon or even velvet would be great.

      I’ve made simple bows, but there are some fancy, elaborate ones that make me drool. Have you seen the bow makers they have at craft stores? I’m sooooo tempted *g*

      • Cassondra Murray says:

        TAwny, I have not seen the new bow makers. I purposely stay out of craft stores now because I can’t bring anything else into the house until I get rid of our “extry” stuff and make room.

        The bow maker at the “fancy” store in my hometown was made of cast iron, steel and wood. It was attached to their counter, and it had a handle that you crank like you’d crank a meat grinder. It was the coolest thing to watch them make bows!

        I had no idea they had cool bow makers you can buy now. I once took a bow making class from a friend of mine’s mom. She was from Pennsylvania, and each November she packed up a trunk full of ribbon and visited her daughter here, and the daughter would get friends together for a bow making class. She taught us to make our own bows by hand, and we’d be working she’d say, “Now don’t be afraid of it.” We threatened to make Tshirts that said, “Don’t Fear Your Bow 2012 World Tour”

        • Tawny Weber says:

          ROFLMAO – love the tee shirt idea!!!

          Your bow maker sounds a lot nicer/fancier than the ones I’ve seen in the store. I think those are kinda flimsy and only do a couple designs. I did look at getting one for making dog bows because they hold the ribbon in place while you wrap and loop, which is easier on the hands than me holding with two fingers, wrapping with four and fiddling with the last few *g*

  • Cassondra Murray says:

    Oh, gift tags.

    I buy them–usually pretty ones, and tie them on (usually). I’d love to learn to make my own, since I’ve got so much time.

    Yeah. Right.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      I use my die cutting machine to cut the shape, then use stamps or ribbon to decorate them. You could make them with those manilla tags available at the office supply store–I think they come in kraft paper, too *g*

      • Cassondra Murray says:

        Now see? Friends look at my scrapbooking stuff, with my fancy scissors, drawers of paper, and tons of stickers and templates, and they go, “OMG.”

        But I never got a Die Cutting machine, nor do I have nearly as many stamps as I’d like. You are the real deal with that machine. I’d love to have one of those.

        • Tawny Weber says:

          I love my die cutting machine. But about ten years ago I had no clue what to do with it, so gave it to my SIL to sell on ebay. She never did, so she gave it back and it was like finding gold LOL. I use it all the time now.

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Tawny, what a FUN post! Loved it!! And love the book too…may have to go re-read it…

    Oh! It just started to snow! Wow! Timing…

    I love beautiful packages. My SIL is the Queen of all things Artfully Packaged. I envy the skill.

    I’ve always wanted one of those houses where you could have a Wrapping Room like Sven has somewhere in the Lair. (Big houses and the Lair have everything, right?) Then all that stuff could be in ONE place and I could create stuff there for future use. In my house? No space. Ugh.

    I’m all about the pretty, but for space sake, there has to be expedience too, alas. So stickers, the aforementioned Same-Paper-folded-in-a-square-and-written-on tags, and slap on a bow. Grins. Love beautiful papers though, so it’s all a jumble.

    Grins. How’s that for hap-hazard?

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Jeanne you are the sweetest of the sweet 🙂 Thank you!!!

      My mom does the super fancy, super awesome super gorgeous packaging in my family. Actually, some years she’ll take the gifts she receives and rewrap them (without unwrapping -no cheating) so they are in paper and decor that matches her tree and theme. Yep, seriously.

      OMG a wrapping room would be so decadent. I’d love that. A closet for ribbon, a draw for bows. A cute lil bow making machine and a couple of android arms to hold the packages just so while we wrap, so the paper stays tight and tidy.

      I’m gonna be fantasizing about that all day now 😀

      • Cassondra Murray says:

        A craft room is on my list of big dreams.

        Hell, even a craft CLOSET is on my list.

        • Tawny Weber says:

          I turned my oldest daughter’s room into a guest room/ exercises room/ craft room when she moved out. There are times that I think, eh, I don’t need to exercise… I should use that space for more crafts *g*

  • Penney Wilfort says:

    When my kids were smaller I’d buy some felt at wal-marts and cut pieces like a bell star or a small red square then they would take pieces of yellow blue or green and glue them onto the red square to make them like a present they take plain white paper and write down who the gift was for then glue a piece of it to the little felt piece and type it to their present It would make a cute Holiday design for gifts. My youngest takes ribbon and has it on presents too.
    Penney

  • Minna says:

    Nope, I can’t say that I’m a fancy wrapper .

  • Heathercm2001 says:

    I’m a fancy wrapper, but a simple fancy wrapper. I usually buy the cutest wrapping paper I can find, use some curling ribbon, and a cute gift tag. One year, I made poinsettias out of tissue paper and used them like bows. That was fun!

    My mom used to try to wrap stuff with a secret code for us when we were younger. The little bit of mystery on Christmas morning made it more fun!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Oh oh oh… a poinsettia made from tissue?

      I’d love to do that!!! Do you have instructions? Google, here I come 😀

      See, i’m with you – I love that mystery and fun of not knowing until Christmas morning which gift is for whom. But my kids, nooooooo, they want to know. Takes all the fun out of it 😀

      • Heathercm2001 says:

        I don’t remember exactly how I did it, but I pretty much followed the directions of flower making that I found in the Klutz book. Man those things are great! I decided I wanted to do some flowers that weren’t in the book, so I bought so artificial ones. Took them apart and used the petals to make stencils. Trace those on the tissue paper and assemble with some pipe cleaners. You can do all kinds of different flowers!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Great post, Tawny! I do like a pretty package, although I’m not particularly talents at making one. Mostly I used use a lot of curly ribbon and curl it with the blunt edge of my scissors to hang down in different lengths.

    Wow, that recipe sounds delicious and easy to make. I’m definitely trying it this season!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      I love curly ribbon, Jo.

      I’ll admit, though, by the end of the holidays and all the wrapping frenzy, I’m often tempted to take my scissors and do that to my hair. Just to see if it’ll curl like that ;-D

      The recipe really is super simple, and sooooo yummy. I adore it. Let me know what you think.

  • Kim says:

    I like wrappping presents and using gift tags, but I always wind up with a gift that won’t fit in a traditional box.

  • Amy Conley says:

    Tawny, I have to actually GO Christmas shopping and ANYTHING before figuring out if it should be wrapped or not. Yes, ya’ll read that correctly, I haven’t bought one gift…yet. I know what I am getting everyone but my mil, but maybe someone here can help me. What do you buy for someone who most likely won’t last another month? I am stuck. 🙁

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Oh wow, I’d be getting hives if I still had all my shopping to do -I hate crowds and the stores are always insane this time of year.

      First off, big hugs for your loss, even though it’s a month away. i”m so sorry. Maybe a photo album or a journal? A scrapbook with photos and memories written by loved ones?

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Amy I haven’t done mine yet either.

    • Shannon says:

      In your situation, I’d think of comfort things, especially warm cozy nighties and robes, happy slippers (sparkles if she’s a fancy lady or bunny slippers if she has an sense of humor, if you’re really sure she has a sense of humor, goofy slippers). You have my sympathies. We’re not there yet, but as my mom says, life is like a roll of toilet paper, it goes very fast at the end.

  • Tawny, I love, love, love pretty wrapping! Sadly I’m absolutely hopeless at anything crafty – can’t even cut my paper straight. So I get shops to giftwrap where possible. But something I’ve discovered is that a big roll of curling ribbon can improve even the roughest bit of wrapping.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Fo, curly ribbon can fix anything 😀 It’s the best!!!

      You know, I have a bunch of wrapping paper that has guidelines on the back for straight cuts. I still don’t get it straight, but at least I can see how crooked it is

  • Carol Cork says:

    Tawny, I love using good quality wrapping paper…not the sort you can see straight through and rips. I like to use matching gift tags but I’m not the bow and ribbon type. My husband and son call me the sellotape queen because I use so much it takes them forever to open their presents. I admit to being rather heavy handed with the sellotape!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Carol, I hate paper like that. I’ve got a roll this year that is so frustrating, because, darn it, it’s really cute-but tissue thin.

      ROFL on the sellotape queen title! That’s fabulous. Do you provide scissors for Christmas morning to make opening easier? 😀

      • Amy Conley says:

        OMG That’s so funny about the tape! I too use tons of tape because one year as I was checking the packages under the tree I found a few had been opened and un-cleverly rewrapped.Of course no one fessed up, but that was because all 3 were involved. After that EVERY package I wrapped had tons of tape on it. 🙂 BTW, I was the biggest and brst Christmas present finder, opener, sneaker arounder. I could find a present anywhere.

  • I usually have a theme for my Christmas wrapping each year. One year everything was DIsney. The next year it was all metallic blue with white snowflakes. Everyone knows which gifts are from me under the tree. And I try to find matching bows and tags. The year I used the snowflake paper I found the cutest tags – each one was a snowflake and I used silver metallic ribbons as well. The year I used The Dog themed paper I had a little stuffed dog on each package with the matching tag around his neck.

    My Mom wraps each child and grandchild’s gifts in a different paper, but she never tells us which paper belongs to which person until Christmas morning.

    We have several bags and gift boxes that have been in the family for years. She keeps recycling them and it is always fun to see who gets the Santa Claus box or the Christmas tree box with my Dad’s handwriting on it. (We lost Dad 17 years ago and Christmas was his favorite time of year.)

    Definitely going to try this recipe!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Your themes sound so fun!!! I love the idea of having each year a new start/theme.

      That is so cool about the bag with your dad’s writing. We have one gift bag that has race cars on it that my husband and brother exchange each year on their birthdays – it’s in constant circulation between them 😀 That always makes things more special, doesn’t it.

  • ellie says:

    I don’t wrap well and have begun to use gift bags which look perfect.

  • diane says:

    I enjoy expensive wrap and lovely gift tags and look for them before the season. It makes everything special.

  • pearl says:

    Since today is my birthday I receive gifts in gift bags. Most of the time people don’t have the patience and time to wrap a gift so they have the colored paper and a beautiful bag which is something I appreciate and save.

  • bn100 says:

    Sometimes wrap them in nice paper