Remember when you were in fourth grade and you would shake all of your presents before you opened them and try to guess what was inside? Well, I'm not sure if this is sad or not, but I know adults who still do that to this day. And it kind of ruins the whole gift giving thing.
So, I partnered with Gift Card Mall this year to throw all of those holiday 'gift guessers' off the scent with an interesting way to wrap gift card pressies. AND I have a DIY wrapping paper idea to share too, that pattern lovers will especially love.
Check out the video below for unsuspecting gift card packaging ideas and the DIY pattern lovers gift wrap...
You'll see in the video, I picked up a Sephora gift card for a few of my friends from the Gift Card Mall at my local grocery store. But you can also head to giftcardmall.com to purchase online. There are TONS of brands that you can buy gift cards from too (Amazon, Target, iTunes, Starbucks, Nordstrom... even Visa gift cards).
Once you have your gift cards, slip them inside something other than an envelope. I used an record sleeve, a book, and a clutch. But you could also try a bar of chocolate (I like Compartes), a box within a box, a calendar, etc.
Then wrap your gift with DIY wrapping paper. I used colorful craft paper and art supplies (chalk pastels and acrylic paint) to create interesting patterns before wrapping. Tip: If you use chalk pastels, be sure to use a spray fixative (or strong hold hairspray) on the entire design before using the gift wrap. More info on applying fixative in the video above.
Now you have an unsuspecting (and awesome) gift for a friend or family member and they no matter how hard they shake your gift they'll never be able to guess what's really inside.
Videography by Rachel Brewer
Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
What do you think of this DIY idea? Think you might give it a try this year?
This post is in partnership with Gift Card Mall. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running. Happy holidays!
I am so excited that the holidays are here. Especially now that Thanksgiving is over - it's full speed ahead on Christmas talk! And this year, since the P&S team has grown, we have more to celebrate too.
So, when Coca-Cola Freestyle contacted me to ask how I plan to celebrate the holidays this year, I immediately thought about our growing crew and how we could do something fun to get into the holiday spirit. Solution? Secret santa gift exchange!
I love secret santa and white elephant gift exchanges, and everyone else was up for it too. So, we all picked each others' names out of a hat, bought a gift, and headed over to a local hotel for a change of scenery and a team lunch. I heard that the lunch at Sway restaurant was really good, so after wandering around the hotel a little bit with our gifts in tow, we sat down for a cozy lunch and unwrapped our gifts.
Not before we experimented with the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine though. I mean, we had to have a little holiday drink to get things rolling before lunch, right? And that's exactly what we did. We tested out a BUNCH of combinations. I mean with 100+ choices, we were bound to try a few, right? And finally settled on my personalized mix of Sprite with vanilla and Hi-C Orange Vanilla. So good (especially if you're a vanilla fan). Check out their location finder if you're interested in customizing your own Coca-Cola Freestyle drink.
And speaking of good, I have some really good secret santa gift ideas for you, in case you're participating in any gift exchanges this year. So let's jump in!
5 Secret Santa Gift Ideas for the Holidays
1. Ombre puzzle! I bought this ombre puzzle from the Perez Art Museum gift shop when we were in Miami, but I'm sure you can find something similar online. If you can't find an ombre one, any design-focused puzzle would be fun.
2. If you know someone who loves riding their bike, a cool copper bike bell is a good gift option.
3. Mini pastel ceramic bowls. These are perfect for someone who likes to decorate or cook. But honestly, anyone who likes little housewares would probably love these. They're from Bean and Bailey.
4. For the foodie, I really like this snack attack rubik's cube. It's a little random, but I love it anyway.
5. Last, but not least (in fact this one is my favorite...)I really like Herbivore's jasmine body oil and Equilateral pink gold soap. The jasmine body oil is my absolute favorite though, if you can only pick one.
And that's it! Have some more suggestions for secret santa and white elephant gifts? I'd love to hear your suggestions in the comments below.
Photography by Amelia Tatnall
This post is in partnership with Coca-Cola Freestyle. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.
Happy almost Thanksgiving! Before heading out for one last day of behind the scenes projects and some grocery shopping for tomorrow's turkey day, I wanted to share the photos from our visit to Wynwood Walls in Miami.
Yesterday, I mentioned that I took too many photos at Wynwood to just slap them onto an already super long Miami travel guide post. So instead, I'm sharing the photos from that part of our trip today.
If you're not familiar with Wynwood Walls already, you can read more about it here. But basically it's a warehouse district in Miami that was transformed into a mural gallery of sorts with amazing artists from around the world (started by Tony Goldman in 2009). If you're ever in Miami, you should definitely check it out! But until then. here are some photos from our visit to tide you over...
(above) My favorite mural in all of Wynwood is by Maya Hayuk. The colors! The pattern!
This wall was my second fave (after the Maya Hayuk wall), but I couldn't find the name of the artist. It's the Junior and Hatter building. So if you know who it is, please let me know.
Love all the colors and patterns in the '50 Cakes of Gay' wall by Kashink.
Okay, this wall abovewas actually not part of Wynwood Walls (but we did pass it on the way to Wynwood, so I'm thinking it's fair game).
This color palette is perfection, from artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn (also known as Haas and Hahn).
Photography by Brittni Mehlhoff
Curious to know...Which wall is your favorite?