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Wrapping up Christmas!


Over the past few years we have seen the come back of brown craft paper.  This inexpensive material is the perfect base to showcase vintage Christmas style!  It's also a great way to get creative with your wrapping accessories.  If you're looking to keep your Christmas budget in check then consider making home made stamps or paper snowflakes to complete the  retro look.


Try something different by using smell to accent your gifts.  Think holiday scents such as dried cinnamon sticks, oranges and scent infused pine cones.  This something extra will make an impression on the gift receiver and make their home smell just like Christmas!


If you want to go that extra mile, why not give the gift of a sweet treat!  If you like to bake like we do, attach a single cookie or a small bag of decorated treats.  Not only does it look amazing but it's twice the surprise and twice as much fun.  Try mastering the perfect gingerbread man, or work on your icing skills by festively decorating snowflakes.

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I'm not talking about food here! I'm talking about freshly picked Holly or Evergreen branches, they make perfect wrapping accessories.  Why not make an event out of it with friends.  Take a long winters walk with Mulled wine in hand to see what you can find out in your nearby park.

For a little touch of glam, swap out the twine for some metallic washi tape and just like that it’s mid-century and chic.


Christmas is one of the few times each year that you can go extremely over the top with a theme.  If you have taken the time to decorate your home in a theme, then why not take the time to wrap the presents under your tree in a theme too.  Pick 3 colours and 3 or 4 patters in ribbon, paper and name tags to create the perfect collective look. 

Alternatively,  plan to use a theme and then end trying everything!!!!  Cinnamon, Gold, Plaid, Brown paper, fun name tags, and every type of wrapping paper you can get your hands on.  Why not mix it up and have some fun!?

Here at Home Ingredients we wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!  Don't forget to share with us your best wrapping attempts. Good or bad we love them all!!

A Hanukkah Home


For a new take on the classic menorah consider a modern option, try gold dipped candles in concrete holders for a sleek and sophisticated style, or purchase a Manzanita branch candelabrum for your table's centerpiece for a fresh take on the traditional look. If you have the time you can even try the do-it-yourself approach, by spray-painting a Manzanita branch with metallic spray paint. You can amp up the DIY project by using hot glue, wire or screws to adhered small bits of wood that will act as tea light holders.


Bring in some mood lighting!  Fairy lights will brighten an entire holiday scene with a sparkling and magical glow. Use lanterns inside and outside to create a scheme with a sense of wonder. Micro bulbs are perfect for sprinkling throughout the house, use them to highlight candlesticks and vases with their dazzling glow. Lights also make great table decorations, try incorporating them into your tablescape this year!



Create a festive holiday table! A little time spent setting the table makes the Hanukkah feast more magical.  Go for bold when shopping for a table runner and napkins.  Bring in a seasonal floral centerpiece to create the focal point of the dining table. White calla lilies or seeded eucalyptus with purple fountain grass are the perfect colours.

Blue is usually the go to colour, try out different shades of Blue to add more depth to the decoration. Compliment the Blue with a little holiday sparkle using Gold or Silver to enhance the lights and bring in some contrast. Why not add a little pattern to your Hanukkah decorations,  to keep the pattern from becoming too busy, simply introduce it to your table with plates. For extra depth use different plates that vary in shades of the same color.

Top tip:  Consider using Gelt, foil-wrapped chocolate coins to sprinkle along the table.

We hope you find these tips helpful. Until next time!

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