Christmas Gift wrapping Inspo

‘ and soon it is December and time to start thinking about Christmas time’

Christmas has really come quickly this year as my hands have been much more full this year, due to a certain new cute addition to our family. We are in the midst of planning on getting a Christmas tree as December is just around the corner which will hopefully happen next week. This Christmas is going to be magical with our newborn, our little families first holidays together. Along the past few months already, I have done little purchases of wrapping paper that I have found beautiful. Some of my favourite colours this year are deeper reds, browns and greens with traditional Scandinavian patterns with stripes or this darling nutcracker paper that is very English style. I managed to wrap a few gifts already and wanted to share some inspiration, as I tend to do on a yearly basis. This time I used flowers that I had left over from a bouquet, natural yarn with hints of white and gold. You can make the simplest of packets look really stunning by adding some foliage, different material yarn and all these packets are tied together as they are natural in style. You can make little pine wreaths on top, add twigs of pinecones, eucolyptys or whatever branches you find from nature.  Days are getting darker and this morning I managed to snap a few photos of my morning set up with a coffee, a gingerbread cookie and getting into the spirit of wrapping gifts.

Gift wrapping Inspo

Only ten more days until Christmas eve, how quickly does this time go? This year Christmas season has been a lot more different than normal; no little Christmas parties or festive cocktails in town due to the pandemic, but we are trying to make the most of it to get into the Christmas spirit. Still have to go to town for some gifts for the family, but some things have been purchased already. I wanted to share some inspiration on wrapping gifts. I personally prefer wrapping paper that is more natural in color than over the top bright ones. I love plain “brown” paper, not only is this easily recyclable but it is refined because of its simplicity. This garnished with beautiful string or evergreen branches give it that understated beauty. Use lace or jute to match your paper in all types of muted colors. If you have fresh flowers lying around the house, snip a bud just before putting it under the tree to elevate a simple present. If the person you are gifting to, enjoys decorating their house, add a homemade wreath to go with the presents or even a glass jar full of dried herbs. Fabric clothes are great for reusable gift wrapping that can be used for generations of celebrations. Did you know that paper with glitter on it is not recyclable? This not only looks beautiful, but is an eco-friendly wrapping paper alternative. If you are struggling with gift ideas, here are a few ideas: I personally feel that artisan perfumes, cashmere, silk pj’s make for great gifts. I love receiving special candles, French soaps, coffee table books, linen, and antiques for the house. For him, perhaps a pair of cozy joggers, driving gloves, thick knits or leather goods. Bring a nice bottle of wine, specialty coffee beans and a homemade wreath if you are visiting a friend and never underestimate edible goods during this time of year. Now it’s time to make some glögi and watch a Christmas movie with my darling husband.

Wrapping Gifts & Beetroot Tarts

Beetroot spinach tarts & gift wrapping

Today the gift wrapping is finalized & ready to bring on Christmas tomorrow. Homemade treats make a wonderful gift idea and the internet is filled with eatable inspiration if you are lacking in ideas. My favourite ideas are homemade cinnamon granola, fresh loaf, cake mixtures, spices, scented candles etc. The ideas can be simple and easy to make, it’s the presentation that makes them beautiful. Defining other people’s taste can be very difficult so resulting to fine teas, soaps, coffee table books, salt blends, luxury perfumes/ home scents/ toiletry sets , cashmere/ luxury pj’s all make elegant ideas.

This year I opted for wrapping gifts with natural items, lots of washed colours of simple beige, muslin paper or whites. The gifts are decorated with whatever I find from nature and generally lots of twine or natural string/linen. Branches of holly slipped under the string, tiny braided blueberry branches, painted pine cones, baby’s breath or juniper branches all add that Scandinavian touch to it. Eucalyptus and cotton plant are totally dreamy as well, if you wish to buy supplies from a florist. Add little wreaths to gift baskets and decorate with ribbons. While wrapping gifts, I nibbled away on the simplest but most delicious beetroot feta pastries that take 20 minutes to make! Beetroot is a great festive vegetable that should be taken advantage of, over the holidays! 

ingredients

  • rectangle shaped puff pastry sheets
  • Beetroot humus
  • 1 garlic grated
  • Dry feta cheese
  • Baby spinach leaves
  • Black pepper/chopped rosemary
  • Egg wash

Directions

In a bowl, mix together the beet humus, grated garlic and feta. Add black pepper and chopped rosemary.

Slice the rectangle puff pastry sheet in half, so it forms a small square. Each square will form a rectangle that has a filling. In the middle of each square, place some filling and a few spinach leaves. brush the edges with egg wash and close the pastry into a rectangle by pinching the sides. Brush more egg wash over the surface. Repeat process & bake in the oven for about 15 minutes in 200 celsius degrees.

In October we shopped for soaps in Provence and just brought various tea leaves and spices from Dubai that make great gift ideas

Picked up antique books (this one is from Venice) when travelling as they make beautiful displays around the house

Lavender & Hibiscus tea along with personalized perfumes from Atelier Cologne with initialed leather cases

Gift Wrapping ♥

December 22,

It’s finally friday and today is the day to run the last errands and start settling down for the weekend. Today has been devoted to wrapping gifting so I wanted to share some inspirations and ideas with you. Homemade treats make a wonderful gift idea and the internet is filled with eatable inspiration if you are lacking in ideas. My favourite ideas are homemade cinnamon granola, fresh loaf, cake mixtures, chocolates or nutty granola bars. The ideas can be simple and easy to make, it’s the presentation that makes them beautiful. Last year I got a gift basket from my brother and sister-in-law with homemade fudge (and yes I ate it all in 3 days), a nordic-style rye bread, herb Marseille soap, home-made apple glögi along with all kinds of goodies presented in a cute wooden box. Defining other people’s taste can be very difficult so resulting to fine teas, soaps, salt blends, scented candles all make elegant ideas.

This year I opted for wrapping gifts with natural items, lots of washed colours of simple brown, muslin paper or whites. The gifts are decorated with whatever I find from nature and generally lots of twine or natural string/linen. Branches of holly slipped under the string, tiny braided blueberry branches, cinnamon sticks, rosemary or juniper branches all add that Scandinavian touch to it. Eucalyptus and cotton plant are totally dreamy as well, if you wish to buy supplies from a florist.

I wanted to share this easy healthy nutty granola bar recipe with you all that makes a great gift idea! This recipe is originally by Nigella Lawson (breakfast bar recipe), but I’ve altered it a bit to suit my taste buds. Nigella uses coco nibs and corn flakes in the mixture, which adds a subtle chocolate flavour. I left those ingredients out and added some of my favourite granola into it along with sunflower seeds. I love this recipe because it uses no sugar and you can make it gluten-free which has more global appeal. The key is to use good quality dates that are sticky and fluffy that become the holding glue for the granola bars. I made a batch for ourselves to eat over the weekend and on Saturday it’s time to make it for others! See the recipe below

Homemade Granola Bars

250g sticky dates, 1 tbsp cinnamon, about 1 1/2 cups cold water
Preheat the oven to 180C and line with baking parchment the bottom and sides of square-shaped baking tin. Pit the dates and tear into a small saucepan. Add the cinnamon and cold water until the dates are barely covered and let it boil until for about 7 minutes. If the texture looks too dry, add a little more water Turn off the heat and beat with a spoon until it turns into a pureé.
80g goji berries, 80g pumpkin seeds, 150g brown flax seeds, 25g chia seeds, 25g sunflower seeds, 100g porridge oats, 100g “favourite granola”
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Along with all the seeds and berries I added some of my “favourite granola” from a box that contains coconut flakes, almond flakes, raisins and crunchy oats”. This however is optional and you could substitute the granola with corn flakes.
Place into the oven for 30 minutes.
Add the date mixture into the bowl and mix until everything is combined.  Wear a pair of disposable gloves for this as the sticky date mixture is really hot. Press into baking tray and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until firm and golden. Leave to cool before cutting into pieces.
Packaging ideas: Glass Maison jar, cooking sting, lingonberry twigs or cinnamon stick
Stack the granola bars into a glass maison gar and decorate festively. Granola bars last up to a week.

Wishing you a wonderful friday and good luck with all your christmas preparations! I can’t wait for sunday and all the goodness around it!

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