It’s Time To Wrap It Up & The First Gift of Christmas – Ways To Wow With Your Wrapping

It’s Time To Wrap It Up & The First Gift of Christmas – Ways To Wow With Your Wrapping

It’s Day 214 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and since I have a Christmas party tomorrow night, it’s time to wrap it up – the first gift of Christmas that is. Yesterday was a work whopper and I didn’t get to blog, so today, I’m killing two birds with one stone by getting out gorgeous gift bows, paper, and tags in preparation for wrapping a package for my writing group’s book exchange. We were to select a gently used but loved book someone else would enjoy reading. Mine is a modern day version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Jimmy Stewart – Oh, be still my heart!). In keeping with my Shabby Chic vintage take on Christmas decor, I use mostly white, classic silver and gold, and a profusion of pink. Pops of purple and light blue are thrown in for the guys in my life. In addition to leading the caroling, I’m singing some solos and still have to bake cookies. With all of that other prep on my plate, it really is time to wrap it up & get the first gift of Christmas done!

Shabby Chic inspired gift wrapping with words and Christmas motifs like trees and candy canes but in softer colors. The tags are from Punch Studio, the paper Lady Jane, LTD, Robee, and Echo, discount store bows in assorted colors, and lovingly saved Shabby Chic ribbon from purchases over the years. Frosted Christmas flowers are replace my usual roses & dahlias. All from TJ Maxx, Home Goods, or Marshalls. Simply Shabby Chic tree skirt from Target.

Shabby Chic may not be your style, but with a little effort you can coordinate your gift wrap with your Christmas decor.

Ways To Wow With Your Wrapping:

  1. Choose bows, paper, and  tag colors that coordinate with your ornaments, tree skirt and even the present (Ex. My pink and white skirt with paper in the same colors and a blue bow for the blue book).
  2. Look for paper that complements your decor or theme (Ex. Though my palette isn’t traditional, Christmas trees and candy canes are).
  3. Tie it together with common threads (i.e. Bling/glitter is featured in my bows, paper, and tags).
  4. Shop early in the season for the best selection and after the season for the best prices and save items for reuse when you can (Ex. I seldom use all of my paper and carry it over to the next year and recycle nice bows and gift toppers).
  5. Be Savvy & Chic by owing your style and doing what you love even if it’s not conventional. (Ex. I use silk and fabric flowers on gifts).

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose gift wrapping enthusiast, I’ve always loved gift paper and still drive people mad by painstakingly removing it from my presents. And there’s just something about a sweetly tied bow that makes me want to preserve it. It shows the person who wrapped the gift probably took a lot of effort and time to make it special. And you can make your wrapping special too. Even if you use burlap or cardboard boxes with pre-made bows instead of artfully tied ones, you’ve already put your special mark on it just by making or selecting the present for the person in the first place. So, whether you’re like me and haven’t wrapped a thing yet or are on your way to having it all tied up, it’s time to wrap it up – the first, or last gift of Christmas!

Hosting in your home? The office party? I hope you’re inspired to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose with your gift wrapping.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Keep Calm and Carry On Stocking Stuffers – British Inspired Girly Gifts Under $6

Keep Calm and Carry On Stocking Stuffers – British Inspired Girly Gifts Under $6


It’s Day 204 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m excited to share some Keep Calm and Carry On stocking stuffer gifts that are British inspired and girly, all for under $6! After a successful interior coaching session, since I was on the other side of town, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stop in at Home Goods, which I don’t have near me, and the TJ Maxx next door naturally followed. As a self-proclaimed Anglophile (a person who is fond of or greatly admires England or Britain), I am enamored with anything to do with English tea, (like mugs, teapots and scones!), and equally adore the Keep Calm and Carry On motivational slogan that was used to raise the morale of the British people during World War II as England awaited mass air attacks. I became aware of the posters when I fell in love with Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic style. She incorporated the them into her decorating and made the slogan, and innumerable variations, popular this side of the pond. The fact that I found three Keep Calm and Carry On stocking stuffer gifts that wrap British, girly and affordable into pretty little affordable packages is so Pink Collar Savvy & Chic! I’d love to be the girl getting this stocking!

English tea packaged in an authentic British tin w/ the original Keep Calm and Carry On slogan. The tin is so pretty and would look great displayed on the kitchen counter. $5.99 at Home Goods.
An inspirational Keep Calm and Pray On mug for drinking the tea. Tag has To: & From: on back.    I snap these up whenever I find them and use as decor and gifts. $2.99 at TJ Maxx.
Fun Keep Calm Lip Balm with these variations: Keep Calm and Kiss & Keep Calm & Love.              Lip balm can wear off while drinking. Gift recipient can apply after sipping tea. $1.99 at TJ Maxx.

Giving thoughtful gifts that have a cohesive theme is one of my favorite things to do at the holidays. And I’m committed to being a good steward of my resources while I do it. It’s possible to do both. A stocking filled with small treats that speak specifically to someone’s personality and preferences, presented beautifully can be as meaningful as an expensive gift that was purchased with less intentionality. I’m always on the lookout for items that may not have much of an impact on their own but pack a punch when grouped together. The end caps are great for that! Another example is when I recently spotted some large Godiva mugs while browsing a Goodwill store with my soul sister Kibby. Her son works at a Godiva store, but is young and doesn’t have Godiva gift package funds. Kibby is giving him the mugs so he can fill them with the chocolate, wrap them in cellophane and a pretty bow, and Voila’! Two Godiva gift packages made on Goodwill funds!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose shopper, I hope these ideas inspire you to do some creative stocking stuffing. It doesn’t take a lot of money. It just requires thought and time. If you Keep Calm and Carry On, you’ll score some stocking stuffers that fit your budget and bless your family and friends. The same applies to those in your work world.

How can you be Savvy & Chic on Purpose with your shopping  and stocking stuffing this season?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach