Up your gift wrap game with these unique hacks

Gift wrapping is something that does not come naturally to me. At all.

My mother is a whole other story. She was somehow gifted with the innate talent of knowing what looks amazing (in all things from interior decorating to tree trimming), and gift wrapping is one of her specialties. Forget Santa or his elves: The best workshop is right in my house.

Over the years I’ve picked up on what it takes to hack gift wrapping and create some beautiful, unique presents that look like they come right out of a Free People catalogue. But I know the struggle, so I wanted to pass on some of these hacks to you. Here are some of the best secrets for wrapping presents that are as fantastic as the gifts inside!

Think outside the bow

There are so many ways to decorate a gift besides just sticking a bow on it and calling it a night. As much as you want to. Believe me, I know. But you can do better.

Collect interesting stuff you find along the way, from costume jewelry pieces to vintage holiday cards, and use them as decorations on your presents. I promise it’s worth the bit of extra effort to make the gift go a long way in style.

Combine textures

From lace to flannel, there are a ton of different fabrics that you can mix and match to upgrade your wrapping. You don’t even need to do anything complicated: Just tie a piece of lace over your bow and the present will automatically look 10X more chic. Like fashion, gift wrapping is all about being eclectic. You never want to be too matchy-matchy, and the same goes for presents.

Personalize it with bling

My mom likes to find charms and letters that have our initials, instead of just putting tags on each gift. Every year, I can find my present by the letter on it. Tags are for basics. Don’t be a basic.

Pick up the paintbrush

This artsy wrapping paper is actually just regular butcher paper with white paint splattered onto it. For some reason butcher paper looks cool as wrapping paper, and there are a lot of ways you can jazz it up- stamps, drawings, whatever. Tie it all together with a brooch and you have an elegant effect.


There you have it: presents that show off your newfound amazing gift wrapping skills! Now all you have to do is put them under the tree.

Happy gift wrapping!

XO,

A

This DIY Coffee Scrub is the Perfect Holiday Gift

So I don’t normally do a recipe post, but when I do, it’s coffee-related. Obviously.

Coffee scrubs have gotten popular for several reasons, not the least of which is Instagram, but the important thing is this: It’s apparently a cellulite torcher. Not for real, but enough that it can help. Caffeine can eliminate the look of cellulite, while the coconut oil in the scrub helps moisturize. Pro tip: Exfoliate before you apply it.

There are a ton of recipes for DIY coffee scrubs all over the place, and I used the simplest one that I could find. It’s literally three ingredients that you probably already have!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coffee grounds
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp sea salt or sugar

Steps:

  1. Combine coffee grounds and sea salt (or sugar) in a bowl
  2. Melt coconut oil if needed, then add to the bowl
  3. Mix it all together and you know that it’s the best of both worlds (sorry, couldn’t resist the Hannah Montana lyric here)

And that’s it! Three ingredients, three steps, one amazing coffee scrub. Once you’ve made it, you can save it in a mason jar and give it as a holiday gift, or get in the shower and massage it wherever desired for about a minute in each spot. The coffee smells incredible, and you’ll find yourself using your coffee grounds every time instead of just throwing them away.

Note: Don’t let the scrub get down the drain, because it can clog! Instead, plug your drain and clean the scrub up after. You throw it out just like you would have with your normal coffee grounds!

Leftover coffee grounds can also be used for other skincare and beauty products, from facials to hair masks.

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