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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 Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                                  How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                                  Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                                  The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                                  The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                                  Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                                  Review Your Past Flow

                                  Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                                  Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                                  Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                                  Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                                  Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                                  Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                                  Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                                  We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                                  Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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