Blogmas – How I Wrap My Christmas Gifts 2017

I’ve already touched on how I decorate my Christmas tree so today its the turn of how I wrap my Christmas gifts. I’m a bit pedantic when it comes to Christmas gift wrapping and always try and stick to a theme. This year the theme is Scandi style meets American classic – simple but very very festive…

christmas wrapping scheme

Wrapping Paper

This year’s wrapping paper of choice is a simple, glossy, festive red. Cox & Cox are great for Christmas wrap and ribbons as everything comes in bumper sizes! After a cursory glance around the high street stores, there didn’t seem to be much available above a 5-metre roll with most averaging 3 metres. This is a humungous 10-metre roll which although a little pricey, will be more than enough to cover every gift (and its now on sale…WIN)! I’ve gone with a Cox & Cox scheme before choosing this beautiful dark grey and copper scheme complete with matching ribbon and copper jingle bells (very annoying, do not attempt if your pre-Christmas nerves are already in shreds)!

Ribbon

*I’m a bit funny with ribbon so I apologise if all this makes me sound like a ridiculous human being!* I’ve chosen to go the whole hog with the matching red and cream ‘Merry Christmas’ ribbon. Normally I’m not one for slogans or pictures on a ribbon (I usually opt for a wide luxurious satin) but this is really very pretty and subtlety chic. If you shop on the high street you’ll find that ribbon is generally sold in tiny quantities so I usually get mine in a haberdashery store where you can buy by the metre. Chances are I still run out but at least this way I can top up without the inconvenience of my chosen colour selling out (this has happened more times than I care to remember with M&S). This ribbon is (like the wrap) sold in a bumper 15-metre reel – I purchased two so I can really go to town!

Gift Tag

It wouldn’t be a Jessica Rhoades Christmas gift without a giant sparkly gift tag! I favour this postal tag shape and choose the colour depending on the years’ theme. This year its gold (actually if I’m honest it’s usually gold)!

Topper

For the final flourish, I like to tuck something pretty into my Christmas Gifts. In previous years I’ve used sparkly twigs, jingle bells, chocolate coins, buttons and baubles. This year I’ve opted for a candy cane to tie the theme together and give a bit of an American twist.

Tools

So apart from the giant tub of Quality Street, the stash of Christmas movies and the wine there are a few more essentials you need to gather before you start to wrap.

  1. A sharp pair of scissors (there is nothing worse than trying to cut ribbon with a blunt pair of scissors.) I have a pair of fabric scissors I keep specifically in my wrapping kit.
  2. Sticky tape – I love those little dispensers you wear on your wrist – so handy!
  3. Pen – A gold or silver pen or a new handwriting pen are good options for writing your gift tags
  4. Miscellaneous – depending on what you choose to top your gift with you may need sticky dots, glue, wire cutters…the list is endless

How do you wrap your Christmas gifts? Do you pick a yearly theme?

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Blogmas – Five Beautiful Christmas Gifts For Girls

Unlike the male of the species, I find buying Christmas gifts for girls to be an utter joy. Speaking for myself, I always have my eye on something, from the fantasy (check out my fantasy Christmas wish list) to the practical so I feel like I’m pretty easy to buy for (although Mr.R would probably tell you otherwise). There are so many great options out there for girls and my rule of thumb tends to be first, think of your recipient – her likes and dislikes and buy accordingly (that ones’ obvious) but secondly, don’t buy anything you do not personally like or believe to be beautiful. A thoughtful gift in my view should always have something of yourself in it. Here are my top five picks of gorgeous Christmas gifts for girls!

Five beautiful gifts for girls

The No-BrainerFornasetti Ortensia Scented Candle £140

A beautiful candle is always a welcome gift and is pretty much my first port of call for any occasion be it a birthday, Christmas or even Mothers Day. Scented candles have come along way since the days of cheap headache-inducing scents and this absolute stunner from Fornasetti is the ultimate. Pricey, I grant you –  this is one for the life, lust, list. Do I need it? No. Do I want it…hmm absolutely!

Fornasetti Candle

For The Nail Care ObsessiveMani & Lola Nail Polish Subscription Box From £54 For A 3 Month Subscription

Most girls have their ‘thing’. That ‘thing’ could be lipstick, it could be jeans, it could be nails. Nails are having a moment in the spotlight with pointy talons nails and elaborate designs gracing the fingers of everyone from the Kardashians to Adele (personally I prefer a short, dark nail but you know, you can’t be at the cutting edge of everything in life)! There are a plethora of beauty boxes and subscription packages out there to choose from but this nail lover specific package would be such a treat as either a one-off gift or a subscription if you’re feeling generous!

Mani & Lola Subscription Box

For The Girl Who’s Always ColdHush Leopard Cashmere Scarf £159

A luxury scarf is one accessory that absolutely everybody loves to receive. This sumptuous cashmere piece is a timeless classic that will come out year after year…leopard print is a neutral after all!

Hush Cashmere Scarf

For The Luxury LoverGucci Marmont Petite Textured Leather Wallet £380

A little on the spendy side but who doesn’t love a bit of luxury in their life from time to time? I think with a purse you can really go to town with a standout print or colour and this gorgeous vibrant red purse manages to be festive, classic and luxurious all in one fell swoop.

Gucci Marmont Purse

For The Stationary GeekHello Day Original 2018 Daily Planner | Tate £46

I’ve mentioned it before but I am a Virgo and I like to be organised. I also am a bit of a stationary geek so when I first laid eyes on Hello Day’s beautiful Instagram feed, one of their 2018 planners went straight onto my wishlist! These planners come in four great designs and feature typography affirmations from Too Wordy, the option to personalise and a gift wrap service…literally the perfect gift!

Hello Day Daily Planner

Do you find it easy to buy Christmas gifts for girls? Do you have any fail-safe gifting ideas?

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