The Art of Gift Giving


The onset of the yuletide is the perfect time for crafting, DIY-ing and one-of-a-kind gift-giving.

Photo credit Vanessa Galle
Photo credit Vanessa Galle
Winter might mean dark nights and grey days, but there is a bright spot in the middle of it all. For me, the holidays are a colourful high mark during the cold winter season. The onset of the yuletide is the perfect time for crafting, DIY-ing and one-of-a-kind gift-giving. Colour is always the jumping-off point for me: it sets the tone for the decor as well as unifies the gifts, the wrapping and, most importantly, the overall sentiment.  
I searched high and low this year for vintage Christmas ornaments to give as hostess and thank you gifts, but came up short. So instead, I’ve decided to DIY faux vintage ornaments as gifts this season. I started with Red Cherry 6053-75, then found reflective silver ornaments at my local craft store. From there, I painted the top half with a very thin coat of the glossy Red Cherry—so thin that the metallic silver of the ball still shone through. When that was dry, I painted leaf details in a combination of Natural White 6000-11 and liquid glue. And finally, while the white paint was still wet, I sprinkled some iridescent glitter overtop for a final festive flourish.  
Even though I’ve opted to go with gift cards for the kids’ school teachers’ gifts this year, I wanted to do something special with the wrapping. So, I painted dollar store wooden boxes with Sico Pure White, dropped in the gift card and covered it with a bunch of Pink Lady apples. If you can’t find Pink Lady apples, crab apples serve the same purpose (but they won’t taste as good!). To keep things fun and whimsical, add a card that reads, “Because my kid can be a CRAB…and you are such a good APPLE”. At the very least, I think that this alone would bring a smile to any teacher’s face!
Lastly, when it comes to home decor, ‘tis the season for pink! Pale blush tones are totally on trend this season. Armed with a Lotus Blossom 6052-21 paint chip, I went searching for Christmas decor and gift wrapping with hints of pink. And as a little treat for my coworkers, I bought a big bag of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt at Costco, then poured it into tiny clear ornaments (available at your local craft supply store) designed for just this purpose. Tied up with a simple ribbon and gift tag, each of these gifts cost me less than $5 apiece.
With a bit of imagination and a lot of colour, it’s easy to make the season merry and bright. Happy Holidays and happy crafting!


Photo credit Vanessa Galle
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Lindsay has been making the ordinary extraordinary ever since Tiger Lily was the Pantone colour of the year.

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