Celebrating the holidays often means traveling long distances to stay with faraway friends and family. It’s great to catch up with loved ones over wine and coffee and reminisce about past holidays all while making new memories. Even if you’re not exchanging gifts with your fab holiday hostess (or host), I’m a strong believer in giving them a special hostess gift to say thank you for their holiday hospitality.
We all have the friends who’s dogs are the center of their lives. They’re obsessed with talking about, spending time with and spoiling their furry friends. And who wouldn’t be? They’re adorable and have been super good this year. Therefore, dogs deserve just as many Christmas gifts as their owners.
I’m really not domestic at all, but I may be one of the few people in the world who actually loves to wrap presents. I know it sounds crazy, but sometimes I even ask people to give me their gifts so I can wrap them. There’s just something relaxing about watching a holiday special and wrapping gifts in front of the TV.
For those of you doing last minute wrapping on Christmas Eve, here’s the secret formula my Mom taught me for wrapping the perfect gift. The trick is really to keep the edges straight and adhere the paper as close as you can to the gift to give it a clean look.
Take the amount of paper you need from the roll (more is better than less) and tape it securely to the middle of the back of the box.
Tip: Boxes are always easiest wrap. In recent years, stores have gotten stingy with boxes so save your boxes and reuse them from year to year.
Cut the excess paper off the other side if needed, fold the edge over about an inch for a straight edge and tape toward the middle. Make sure it’s taped tight around the package, but not so tight that you tear the paper.
Fold the edges down as far as you can and cut them down as needed. You may even want to cut them before folding them down if they are very long.
Fold the bottom edge up until it’s around 3/4 of the way to the other end and tape it down on both ends to hold it taunt.
Fold the top edge over to make it straight and fold it over until it’s around 3/4 of the way to the end. Tape it and do the same on the other side.
Admire your perfect edge and feel free to add bows, ribbons and more.
On Christmas morning, my stocking is always the first place I go. Nothing gets me more excited for the gifts under the tree than digging through a stocking full of makeup, mini accessories and more. Since I’m stuffing my Mom’s stocking this year, I’ve been on the prowl for the best stocking stuffers. If you’re looking to spend a pretty penny, kate spade and Henri Bendel have some of the cutest stocking stuffers I’ve ever seen. But, if you’re on a budget I found some amazing mini gifts at ULTA Beauty and Old Navy.
For your shopping pleasure, here are some of my favorites. In case you were wondering, you can absolutely get a stocking stuffer for yourself.
When it comes to finding the perfect gift for those hard to shop for people on your list, gift sets are always the way to go. Not only are they easily gift wrapped, the lucky recipient gets more than one gift to enjoy. When I don’t know someone’s size or exactly what they want for the holidays, I often look to gift sets. It’s important to look for one that fits their personality and interests. If they’re super girly, go for the Betsey Johnson 7 Piece Leopard Gift Set or the Blossom Manicure Gift Set. If they’re more spiritual and reserved, opt for the 50 Years of Creation Candles Gift Set or the Nest Fragrances Luxury Gift Set. Though gift sets are popular gift items in the perfume category, I don’t recommend gifting perfume unless you know it’s a fragrance they want and use.
Without further ado, here are my favorite gift sets of this holiday season. There’s at least one for every price range.