I took a couple of evenings this week to do some of my favorite Christmas activities-sending out Christmas cards and wrapping presents. This year I used a Living Social deal for my Christmas cards. They came shipped so cute in an adorable little box, and a note saying that they enclosed two extra cards and envelopes, in case I was still adding to my Christmas card list, which I thought was a nice touch. I also like that you can personalize the back of the card, as well as the front, and manipulate the colors, font, and text. The address stickers I love, which were leftover from last year, and I used them to seal the back of the envelope.
Christmas presents consist of kraft paper tied with different types of red and green ribbon. The kraft paper gives everything a uniform look, and the ribbon makes it festive. I also bought gold washi tape, which glams it up a bit. It doesn't stick as nice to the kraft paper as I'd like (I actually had to secure the folds with clear gift-wrapping tape first), but I still enjoy the overall effect. Most wrapping paper, especially at Christmas time, is too garish and busy for my taste, and I'm happy with the simplicity of this year's gifts.