Vintage canning jars can be picked up at flea markets or antique stores for just a few dollars, and they make great containers for small, simple gifts. Fill a jar halfway with Epsom salt to represent snow, and drop a pretty ornament inside.
Teacups can be found by the dozen at yard sales and thrift stores. Pick them up to give as small gifts to those who enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Tuck some favorite flavors or blends inside the cup, tied in a bundle with twine or pretty ribbon.
Give presents the personal touch with unique wrapping. Plain white boxes and bags are available from paper and crafts stores, and can be stencilled to great effect. If you don’t have time to stencil, wrap boxes with a light fabric paper.
All that leftover ribbon from presents received and given? Snatch up loose bits and fold them neatly in a shoebox for instant color-coordinated gratification. Bonus: Easily spot the color you need for next year's gifting. This holiday hack courtesy of blogger Jenny Dix of The Contemplative Creative.
Give presents the personal touch with unique wrapping. Plain white boxes and bags are available from paper and crafts stores, and can be stenciled to great effect. If you don’t have time to stencil, wrap boxes with a light fabric paper.
Corral wrapping paper with this easy DIY wastebasket transformation from Crystal Sixta of My Blissful Space. A coat of spray paint gives any design-challenged trash bin a new life as a holiday organizer. Plus, this bin is portable when it's time to wrap gifts.
A selection of exquisitely wrapped gifts are perfect for pop-over guests and for sprinkling around the house for touches of holiday spirit. "Welcome guests with a porcelain compote filled with tiny boxes of chocolate wrapped in colorful, patterned paper from a stationary store," home stylist Matthew Mead says. For kids, "cards, puzzles and mini games can be wrapped and trimmed with candies." He suggests keeping other little pre-wrapped surprises, such as books and gift cards, on hand as well. Photo courtesy of Matthew Mead.
Well-presented gifts are sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Represent the excitement of the holidays right outside your front door with a wooden gift-box sculpture. Pick up several wooden boxes from the craft store, then paint them with latex paint in your desired holiday color scheme. Cluster them together with screws or small clamps, then dress them up with ribbon. Add a picture hanger to the back, then place it on an outside wall or door.
Colors of gold, green and ivory offset the dark tones of the home's beautifully restored woodwork and wood paneling. Designer Michael Russo chose the classic yet stunning color palette for Sherri Shepherd's holiday decor on HGTV's "Celebrity Holiday Homes."