On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

With Christmas right around the corner, a lot of us are running around like crazy trying to pull everything together to make it a perfect holiday from parties to family get togethers to putting together the perfect gift for your special ones.

If you know me personally, you know that I am a perfectionist who believes it isn’t always the actual gift that counts but the effort and thought that goes into it that matters more which is why I thought I would put together a really simple tutorial about sprucing up your gift bag with a little extra je ne sais quoi simply by adding some tissue paper!

Tissue stuffed randomly into a gift bag reduces the positive impact of the gift. A creative or artful use of tissue paper, on the other hand, actually enhances the significance of the gift overall and strengthens your emotional bond with the person receiving your gift. When using tissue paper in a gift bag, think about using an abundance of paper and just the right colors to make your gift presentation as special as the gift itself.

Place several wads of loosely crushed tissue paper sheets in the bottom of the bag if it’s deep enough to hold your gift with more than 6 or 7 inches remaining above after you place the gift in the bag. If the bag is short and your gift will sit at the bottom of the bag, place only a small amount of paper underneath it. The paper provides a snug nest for the gift.

Lay single or double sheets of tissue paper on a flat surface at a perpendicular angle to one another, with your gift in the middle of the paper. For bags with two or more colors of tissue paper, lay the sheets of different colored tissue at diagonal angles on top of each other.

Lift the tissue sheets at their corners up and over your gift, gathering them and holding them one by one at the top of the gift until it’s surrounded. The tissue should rise at least 7 or 8 inches above the gift so the gift appears hidden once it goes into the bag.

Hold your gift around the middle and place it into the bag. Gently pull apart and smooth the sheets of tissue paper so they stand up inside the bag.

Tie the handles of the bag together with ribbon and tie a bow around the top or bottom edge of the handles. If your bag didn’t come with a gift card, slide a full size card in the center of the tissue paper or attach a small gift tag to the handlesusing ribbon.

Et voila!

♥♥ stethsandsprinkles

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