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15 Genius Christmas Gift Packing Hacks You Can Master In No Time

15 Genius Christmas Gift Packing Hacks You Can Master In No Time

With Christmas drawing ever nearer, the rush to buy the perfect presents for our friends, colleagues and loved ones is on. With limited time for creativity, making our own unique gifts that show personalisation is probably out of the question. However, there is a way to show off your creativity and it’s all in the way you wrap your presents.

Showing your individual flair in how you present your gifts can go a long way in making your Christmas gifts special. With that in mind, here are 15 easy and simple Christmas gift packing hacks you can use to wrap your presents in style.

1. Reuse Old Books For A Typographic Feel

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    Cut out pages from old books to create Christmas shapes or even personalise it completely by cutting out someone’s name onto plain paper for that simplistic yet stylish twist.

    2. Potato Christmas Stamps

      Remember when you used to make stamps out of potatoes? It’s a perfect and cheap way to create your own unique wrapping paper – create anything simple and christmassy like a tree or a star to give your paper an original feel.

      3. Twig Trees

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        Making things from nature is the best way to get that rustic feel so why not gather up those twigs and use them to create simple Christmas trees together with your choice of yarn to create cute additions to your gifts?

        4. Straw Stars

                  

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            We all have straws hanging about so why not use them up to create these cute stars? Use baker’s string to attach the star to the top of your present.

            5. Create Your Own Mini Wreaths

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              Again, nature can make the best decorations so try making your own mini wreaths by cutting out a ring of cardboard, gluing evergreen clippings onto it and attach to your gift using decorative string.

              6. Make Your Own Gift Bows Out Of Magazines

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                Create these amazing bows by cutting the page lengthwise into nine 3/4-inch-thick strips of heights shown: Three at 11 inches, three at 10 inches, two at 9 inches, and one at 3.5 inches. Twist each strip to form loops at both ends. Make a circle out of the smallest. Bring the two ends together and secure with double-ended sticky tape. Layer and stick together, starting with the longest strips. End with the circle in the centre.

                7. Get Quirky With Washi Tape

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                  Washi tape can be used in more ways than you think. Their unique and varied patterns can be a great inspiration for making a simple decorative effect on your gifts. Try sticking strips to make a cute and rustic Christmas tree and make someone smile when you hand them their present!

                  8. Use Old Printed Card

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                    Cutting out baubles from printed card and attaching them to a card or gift can show that extra bit of thought and effort.

                    9. Tie Up Your Gifts With Tassels

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                      Adding cute tassels can add that extra touch to your gift. Find out how to make them and impress your friends and family when you hand them your gift.

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                      10. Button Up Your Presents

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                        Using up old buttons and some string can add an extra bit of pizzazz to your presents. It’s simple and easy to do – the only limit is your creativity!

                        11. Spice Up Those Paper Grocery Bags

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                          If you shop at Trader Joe’s then you’ll have noticed their festive paper grocery bags for the upcoming holiday season. Don’t let them go to waste, instead use them as a cheap yet cool way to wrap your presents and add any extra decoration to pep them up.

                          12. Raid Your Fabric Draw For Inspiration

                            If you’re usually creative then you may have some scraps of fabric lying around in a draw. Using this to create cute decoration for your wrapping paper can make your present instantly more unique.

                            13. String It Up!

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                              Just using festive string can help liven up any gift. Together with brown paper, a bit of green and some festive stamping you can make any gift look professional but, more importantly, unique.

                              14. Create Gift Bags From Wrapping Paper

                                If you need a gift bag but don’t want to go out and buy one, then make your own easy and cheap version. For a full tutorial visit hellosandwich and follow the simple steps.

                                15. Reuse Old Clothes (Yes, Really!)

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                                  If you want to be really unique then don’t use wrapping paper at all! If you have some old sweaters and jumpers that have seen better days then use it to wrap your gifts. The material will give it a cozy vibe and will definitely get kudos from your friends and family.

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                                  10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                                  10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                                  Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

                                  In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

                                  These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

                                  1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

                                  Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

                                  But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

                                  Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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                                  2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

                                  You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

                                  The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

                                  3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

                                  If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

                                  Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

                                  If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

                                  4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

                                  Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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                                  To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

                                  In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

                                  5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

                                  We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

                                  If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

                                  Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

                                  “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

                                  6. Give for the Joy of Giving

                                  When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

                                  One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

                                  So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

                                  7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

                                  Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

                                  Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                                  8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

                                  When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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                                  So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

                                  9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

                                  Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

                                  It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

                                  It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

                                  10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

                                  There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

                                  But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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                                  Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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