Coming up with new and unique ways to present your Christmas presents each year can be difficult. Personally I like my gift to stand out, to be that one gift under the tree that jumps out at you above all the rest. Christmas is about being lavish, going over the top and being eccentric. But how do you come up with something unique and eye catching? Here are some creative ideas to present your gifts this year-
Print Your Own Paper
It’s much easier than you think to make your own personalised wrapping paper. You can buy plain sheets for really cheap. All you will need to make your paper is a few good size potatoes, acrylic paints and glitter etc.
- Choose a design that represents the person that the present is for; choose a fairly simple and graphic shape and using a knife cut the shape into a potato half so the image is protruding.
- Then pour your paint onto a paper plate and dip your potato shape in, shaking off any excess.
- Lay your paper flat and use the potato stamp to create your paper.
- Two shapes and two colours work best.
- Finish off with a sprinkle of glitter
If you are not particularly artistic or you don’t have a lot of space or time you can create your own wrapping paper sheets online using photos.
Wrap Up A Box
Not only does this look neater, it also conceals the shape and feel of the present. Take an old shoe box and wrap it in tissue paper. Find silhouettes online of a Christmas image such as a reindeer or a robin and glue to the box. Add a red sequin as the red nose on the reindeer, or a few as the red breast on the robin. Either cover in glossy cellophane or a coat of PVA glue to make it shiny and keep everything secure.
Not only does a gift basket look beautiful, it also becomes part of the present. Great for using to store toiletries, magazines and any bits and bobs a gift basket makes a great present. Fill it up with presents all wrapped individually. A lovely idea is to ‘dip dye’ your gift basket. Pour white paint into a container big enough to dip your basket in, you’ll want to dip about a third of the basket so make sure you have a container deep enough. Dip the basket in and hold for a minute. You will then need to remove the basket; you will have to hold it for quite some time to let the paint drip off. For a Christmas look turn the basket upside down while it’s still wet and sprinkle on glitter.
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Article by Eilidh MacRae
Eilidh MacRae is writing on behalf of Your Gift Basket and would reccomend them for gift baskets for Christmas.