Christmas Gift Wrap, the Old-Fashioned Way

I've been that person, speeding into Fred Meyer close to closing on Christmas Eve, all because I forgot wrapping paper! We've all been there, right?

The thing is, wrapping gifts beautifully and simply is half the fun! So now a days I don't really buy wrapping paper. You can use anything you have at home or just buy a roll of brown paper. I love using part of the gift to wrap with. Whether that's a vintage linen cloth, a ticking pillow case or just topping the gifts with something special like a pair of tapers, honey sticks, a candle snuffer or lip balm.

I love that the Old Fashioned Christmas is trending right now! While I've been using these old fashioned details for years now in both my home life and business, I love that there's a push for a simple handmade Christmas!

I really do believe that everyone should give something handmade. While making gifts from scratch isn't for everyone, you can add that handmade, thoughtful touch to your wrapping. For my gifts this year, I've put a spin on the Old Fashioned Christmas wrapping of brown paper packages tied up with string. I've added a few elements from nature to give it that special touch. I've used bakers twine and made my own ribbon from ripping unwanted fabric into strips. So go on a walk, grab some rose-hips, pine cones, moss, a few cedar sprigs or maybe you'll be lucky and find a birds nest. I've also in years past dried orange slices, used cinnamon sticks and other simple and inexpensive methods for adding those old fashioned details.

"Waste not, want not." , "Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without." These are the phrases that were used long ago when people wrapped gifts with old paper and bits of fabric. While we look back at the nostalgic beauty of these gifts, what we can take away are the simple, inexpensive things that were used with thoughtfulness to make our loved ones Christmases more memorable.

I remember as a girl helping my grandmother decorate her tree and making a popcorn garland. That simple activity as a child has stuck with me all these years later. So go wrap your gifts in this old fashioned tradition, perhaps with your children or grandchildren and let those memories be made.

Erinn Boitano
Erinn Boitano


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