This is a very busy time of year as far as birthdays and anniversaries go in our family.  It starts in July with one, then August has three, September gains momentum with five and October contains six, plus the excitement of Halloween which this year seems to be eclipsing all the other events!

Getting the card and gift buying sorted takes much organisation these days.  Some events call for only a card, where others need a specific kind of gift.  My birthday book has become worn out and a little shabby over the years – when I used to do a haphazard dash to the shopping mall to find that last minute present.  These days I have it totally sussed.  A list is on my laptop, the date reminders come up at the beginning of each month and I have my favourite sites all ready and waiting for me to surf and source to my heart’s content!

Wrapping up your presents can often be one of the harder aspects of gift giving, especially if the item does not come in a nice square box!  Here are some ideas to help you in wrapping your gifts attractively and effectively.

  1. Put it in a box!  If you gift does not come in an easy to wrap square box, why not put it inside one and wrap that?  This way you can guarantee that the recipient will not be able to guess the item, and it will be easy to wrap.  Winner winner 🙂
  2. Try a new technique.  Instead of the standard paper wrapping, why not try wrapping with fabric or another material?  This not only makes you gift more unique, but the drapey fabric can hide any awkward edges.
  3. Add ribbons.  Make your gift look beautiful with co-ordinating or contrasting ribbon.  This gives the gift a stylish look as well as helping to hold the paper on.
  4. Add sequins to the inside of the gift wrap!  For an added suprise, sprinkle glitter or sequins inside the paper as you wrap – when your recipient opens their gift, they will find a secret shower of sparkles!

It can be tricky territory buying anything scented as gifts, as many people have different preferences for smellies!  Candles can be a good way to buy something lovely smelling without risking the recipient hating it!  Many scented candle brands have different families of scents – from homely and warming through to fresh and fruity.  One way to choose some scented candles is to look at what your recipient tends to wear as perfume.  If they tend to opt for floral fragrances, you could be onto a safe bet with a floral candle such as lily of the valley, rose or freesia.  Other florals worth trying include jasmine which is a sweet and delicate scent, or perhaps the fresher cut grass scent.

If your friend loves baking and making yummy treats, why not try out a candle with tasty edible frangrances?  There are always vanilla candles which are popular, or caramel, toffee or cupcake scents to choose from.  Coffee and cinnamon are also popular for home fragrance.