I don't know about you but at this time of the year it seems like all we talk about at home or in the studio is gifts, gifts and more gifts!  Not that there's anything wrong with that, but we're either talking about the gifts we sell on The Organizing Store (gifts for her, gifts for him, gifts for the bauble bae, the host, the blogger, and for everyone!), what we're gifting or what we wishing for. Don't get us wrong, we love giving and receiving gifts, but we REALLY love wrapping a great gift. Not only do we love the creativity and designing of our packages, but it's mental therapy for us and let's face it, everyone needs some kind of therapy during the holiday season. Here are some of our favorite festive packages, tips and ideas.

 image: via  pinterest , original source unknown.

image: via pinterest, original source unknown.

Gift wrap DIY: You can never go wrong with black, white and gold gift wrap. Just like your favorite outfit, you can dress a package up (below) or down (above) with the right accessories or in this case, ribbon and embellishments. If you really want to get creative, you can work all kinds of magic with gold spray paint. I usually find the best selection of spray paint at Michaels and who doesn't want to make a trip there.

Go with a theme: Plaids, checks, dots and stripes, oh my. This year, I'm going for a black and white plaid theme with subtle touches of gold. In past years I've gone in a colorful direction using a trendy mix of aqua + red, traditional red and white paper tied with forest green grosgrain ribbon, coordinating solid color papers and really fun ribbons, embellishments or both. Our brown paper packages tied up with string theme was probably one of our favorites. We used red and white striped twine and added a twig or piece of greenery to each package. It was adorable and as we wrapped, each package was just a little different. Themes and color palettes definitely keep me organized and by focusing on a color palette, I seem to buy less, waste less.

Shown above: kate spade new york Black + White Striped Reversible Gift Wrap (dots on the other side).

 image c/o ; written by:  Samantha Lim

image c/o; written by: Samantha Lim

The Little Black Bow. What would the holidays be without brown paper packages tied up with in this case...the little black bow and a jingle bell or two.

All you need is:

1. Black ribbon - grosgrain or satin
2. Brown craft paper
3.  Small accents such a jingle bells, twigs, a flower, or green leaves
4. Scissors
5. Tape

Wrap the package with brown craft paper. Lay the gift face down on the table with the back facing you. Wrap a 1 inch black piece of ribbon across the middle of the side facing down. Tie the ribbon in the center of the back and bring the ribbon around to the front while flipping the package over. Then criss cross the ribbon and tie the bow in the center, as shown above. Add jingle bells, fresh greens or your favorite little ornament to the know for an added touch.

image c/o; Boxwood Clippings.

Above: 1. A Gift wrap Sampler. //  2. A White Christmas.

Allie: WHAT? Me: You heard me. It's butcher paper. The story goes on. In the meantime, butcher paper is the new kraft paper, even though we still love and use kraft paper. Left: The sampler. Mix and match paper, ribbon, bows and embellishments. These look great under the tree and you'll be the star of the family gift exchange. Right: White on white with a touch of metals is always a good idea. It's simple and a perfect example of less is more. Paper, twine, ribbon, a small ornament and you've got a sophisticated little package.

Images 1 & 2 c/o Boxwood Clippings.

Shown here: 1. Butcher paper with gray fabric scraps, cotton yarn or ribbon. Via Particular Poetry. // 2. Butcher paper with silk flowers via Green Wedding Shoes.

Fancy, huh? Create your own gift wrap station at home and if you don't have what you need, you can always add those items to your "hint list". Here are a few things you might need to get you started:

If you're looking for some color or planning a holiday wrap party with the girls, there's always room for pink. Wait, did someone say party? How cute is this party by 100 Layer Cake?

Gifts from the heart: Last but not least and because a good guest never arrives empty handed, wrap home-baked gifts in linen fabric or a kitchen towel from your favorite store or brand. Tie a loose knot at the top, slipping some fresh herbs or greenery under the knot. We happen to think some of the most thoughtful gifts we've received or given from the kitchen were also straight from the heart.

Ready to wrap? Check out our Lexington Gift Wrapping Video for a few extra tips, put on your favorite Christmas movie or Holiday beats, light a fire and get your Holiday spirit on. Stay tuned, gift wrap and holiday storage ideas are coming soon.

Here's a few good reads for the weekend:

  1. Get ready! Spiked Peppermint Mocha we're mixing up this weekend. 
  2. About this Warm & Cozy Christmas Home Tour.
  3. Coolest Mom's on Instagram.
  4. Organized + Portable Gift Wrap Station.
  5. Decorate Your Dining Room for Christmas.
  6. Most Common Holiday Stains + How to Remove Them.
  7. How to Host A Pretty & Sparkly Girlfriends Holiday Brunch.
  8. Inside Emily Weiss's Inspiring New Office Space.
  9. 12 of Those Things You Never Clean, (But Really, Really Should).
  10. How to Never Be Late Again.

We're off to get our tree tonight and that means the gift wrapping will officially begin here at the casa. Can't wait! 

xx // allie + deb