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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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                                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                  You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                  We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                  The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                  Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                  1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                  Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                  For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                  • (1) Research
                                  • (2) Deciding the topic
                                  • (3) Creating the outline
                                  • (4) Drafting the content
                                  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                  • (6) Revision
                                  • (7) etc.

                                  Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                  2. Change Your Environment

                                  Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                  One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                  3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                  Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                  Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                  My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                  Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                  4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                  If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                  Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                  I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                  5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                  I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                  Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                  As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                  6. Get a Buddy

                                  Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                  I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                  7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                  This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                  For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                  8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                  What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                  9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                  If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                  Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                  10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                  Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                  Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                  11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                  At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                  Reality check:

                                  I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

                                  Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

                                  More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

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