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There's nothing worse than discovering you've run out of gift tags while doing last minute Christmas gift wrapping. Why ruin a beautiful package by writing on it or marking it up with loads of tape and unprofessional, make-do tags? Here's an easy solution to your dilemma. You can put away that roll of scotch tape and try this neat alternative instead. Mix 2 parts white glue (such as Elmer's) with 1 part household vinegar. Add your favorite flavoring to taste. You can use a liquid flavoring or regular old Kool-Aid mix. Cut out pictures from Christmas cards, magazines or computer printouts, apply two coats of the mixture, allowing to dry between coats. Just lick and stick. Voila, instant stickers, gift tags, address labels, etc.
Stock up on plenty of $1 ornaments (or better yet buy them at year end clearance sales). Try to find themes that correspond with your recipients' interests and hobbies. Instead of costly bows, tie or glue an appropriate oranament to your packages. If you really want to get creative, you can write the recipient's name in permanent marker on the ornaments and use them as nametags for Christmas as well.
If you have a family full of snoopers you can outwit them. Instead of adding Christmas nametags while wrapping Christmas presents, wrap each person's gifts in a different kind of paper. Only you know the color scheme. So, if someone finds gifts early, they'll never know which ones are theirs.
If the shape of your gift's box gives away its contents, try using the practical joker method of wrapping Christmas presents. (This works best for small gifts.) Wrap your gift, then keep putting it into consecutively larger boxes, wrapping each one as you go. Your recipients may become exasperated, but the look on their faces is worth the effort involved.
If you're giving edible treats as Christmas ideas and tips follow these directions (especially if your packages will be travleing through the mail): 1. Make sure cookies are thoroughly baked so they don't stick together. 2. Wrap each cookie in plastic wrap or wax paper. 3. Crumple wax paper or bubble wrap between the layers of your containers. 4. If you don't have cookie tins, recycle coffee cans. 5. If sending through the mail, surround the containers completely with crumpled newspaper or packing peanuts. Allow no room for jarring.
Santa sacks make perfect gift containers for school-aged children. They can neatly pack up their goodies and presents for bus rides home. The good new is, you can make or buy them ahead of time and just let the kids embellish them. Here's how! 1. Sew up a red velvet drawstring bag. If needlework isn't your thing, you can purchase similar ones in the jewelry section of most department stores. 2. Trim top edge with synthetic "Santa" fur, being sure to leave room for the drawstrings. 3. Use fabic paint to add child's name, holiday decoartions, etc. 4. Fill with candy, cookies, a letter from Santa, etc.
Use plain white paper. Buy sponges at any hardware or craft store, or cut the shapes yourself. Dip the sponges in paint - any colors you wish - and apply to the paper. You can decorate the paper with many colors, shapes and patterns. This is a wonderful way to create a unique and special Christmas gift wrap.