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I remember when my mother first taught me how to “properly” wrap presents. Cut the paper in a perfectly straight line, firmly crease the edges and line everything up…including the tape. Add a small bow and a simple gift tag, and the gift is ready. Because I’m usually up until the wee hours on Christmas Day getting things finished, my gift wrapping tends towards the uninspired.

This year, however, I’m spending some quality time with my craft box and adding just as much love and care to the exterior of the package as I put into shopping for it. Even if your family opens all the presents on Christmas Eve, you still have a few hours for inspiration…and a quick trip to the craft store. So have fun adorning your presents with unusual papers, candy, flowers, antique brooches, natural sprigs from your yard and more. Then you too will achieve the double gift smile: when it’s given, and when it’s opened.

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Ready to stuff some stockings and pile up presents under the tree? Feeling an extra burst of creativity? Get crafty with ideas for handmade gifts, cards and ornaments. And have a very Merry Christmas!

4 Responses

  1. hudjon1977 says:

    Well i can now say that with each day that does go by i get even more excited as the day before. I am however glad that i am able to see inside of this beuitiful HGTV dream home. The home looks even more amazing from the inside as i immagined it. I do wish that there was a room above the car barn. It looks like it was just an empty space , It would have been cool if there would have been a room above the car barn instead of empty space. However i am still just as happy with the home no matter what. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERBLOGGY. Have a good christmas and be safe ervery body. Here comes time to start entering this fabulous givaway.

  2. pixelecho69 says:

    That is so beautiful I love gifts that are well put together.

  3. hudjon1977 says:

    I am happy that all the wrapping paper is recyclabe, Becouse i still do recycle erverything if it can be recycled, however i only get paid to recycle aluminum cans. I have a about 800 pound's that i dont want to turn in becouse it is only paying about 40 cent's. That is not verry much money for garanteed clean cans. I went shopping today , and am stuck wrapping the gifts all by myself. I should have practiced first. I guess i wish that i could wrap them just not verry well. I wish that i would have bought something for myself for christmas, but at least i was able to buy my family something for christmas. I love christmas, and its all about giving to the children, and i do buy a gift or two for myself, but i was not able to this year. It is almost time to make history. I couldnt thing of any better way to make history than to be a blogger, and i have enjoyed my time on here. I love to read the blogg's to see what is going on at this year's HGTV dream home . Good job dream team

  4. hudjon1977 says:

    I am glad that it will not be hard to bui. For one me life.ld a room above the car barn says the builder on this web site. How much do you think this addition would cost a person? Maybe it could just be an extra room for maybe my gun / trophy room. I would of course put an elevator in this home if that would be possible. I do still love the home, and it already is perfect. I am thank full for erverything that our heavinly father above has given me. I am so verry happy to be taking part in this and ervery dream home possible. I have liked all the dream homes so far, but this year's dream home is just perfect for me . I would have so much to do ervery day. I also can explore a different part of our wounderful free country wich we all do live in.

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Kayla KittsKayla Kitts is an editor for HGTV.com. You can find her doing at least one of the following: shopping for home decor at local vintique stores, picking out produce at...

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