By Lori Mork
Sweet choice. One of my favorite additions to a Christmas package is a candy cane, especially now that they are not limited to red and white. You can find one in any color – perfect for tucking into that bow on top.
Collected memories. When my children were little, one of their gifts included a dated holiday ornament tied on top with the bow. When they finally had homes of their own, they had those ornaments as a start to their own collections.
Lyrical look. Use some old sheet music as wrapping paper for the music lover in your family. Add some lace and/or a music symbol Christmas ornament for a little extra touch.
Why use paper at all? How about a specialty cookbook wrapped in dishtowels? Add some wooden spoons or a colorful rubber scraper to complete your gift.
Reader’s delight. Wrap a book in black and add a bow made out of old menus or newspaper print.
Fun inside and out. Make wrapping paper with a word search on it and incorporate the person’s name. Then just circle the name on the paper. Make your own puzzles online at www.discoveryeducation.com.
Looking good! Instead of a tag with a person’s name written on it, how about a photo of the person receiving the gift?
Subtle and soft. Brown wrapping paper is a great base. Simply wrap the gift in the paper and add lace and ribbon for an antique look. Add rolled roses made from sheer fabric to accent and give a feminine look, or use alphabet stamps to imprint the recipient’s name.