10 Holiday Gift-Wrapping Essentials

This holiday season, in addition to our regular Julep contributors, we’re also sharing stories from our Minted artists and designers about how they celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Name: Kimberly FitzSimons
Where you’re based: Pelham, New York
How long you’ve been with Minted: Five years
Favorite thing about the holidays: nonstop holiday music—it always puts me in a good mood. 
On my holiday wish list this year:
 Five different brands/shades of red lipstick. I’m determined to nail the perfect red lip!
Favorite holiday tradition: It just started, but it will be making holiday cookies with my daughters.

My family is very serious about wrapping holiday presents. The title of Best Gift Wrapper of the Season is very coveted and is partially based on how tightly the gifter can secure the ribbon atop a wrapped package! My father wins every year, but I’m determined to take the title this year with these holiday gift-wrapping favorites.  —Kimberly

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We Made a Video With Oh Happy Day’s Jordan Ferney!

We’re huge fans of Jordan Ferney’s wonderfully whimsical blog Oh Happy Day and are so excited to share this fun video we made featuring Jordan and her favorite Minted art prints (they make the best holiday gift!). Minted is based in San Francisco, where Jordan and her family reside, and we love spotting her beyond-cute, vintage Fiat parked around town (it makes a cameo in the video, too!). Enjoy our little holiday video—we made it shop-able, so anytime you see a Minted art print, mouse over and click to get the full scoop!

 

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How To Display Your Holiday Cards: Paint-Stirrer Mobile

It’s that time of the year again, when you start to receive holiday cards in the mail and struggle to not let them pile up on the kitchen counter. This DIY holiday-card display is cleverly made with paint stirrers that you can pick up at any hardware store. (Thanks, Dad, for always making me tag along on your trips to Home Depot—those skills definitely came in handy for this one!) It’s a festive and modern way to show off your beautiful holiday cards so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.

DIY paint stirrer holiday card mobile

DIY paint stirrer holiday card mobile

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Design to Dish: Roasted Garlic Brisket

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Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins in just two weeks! I’ve always, always wanted to celebrate Hanukkah. I’m a fan of pretty much any and every holiday, especially one with beautiful, sparkly decorations, glowing candlelight, and incredibly delicious food.

Speaking of delicious food, this slow-cooked garlic brisket is a long-time family favorite and would be perfect for Hanukkah dinner. The recipe was given to my mom decades ago by a woman at church, and we’ve made it ever since when we need something a little more special than our usual pot roast. It is simple to make and tastes fantastic, as all good recipes should. Happy Hanukkah!

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DIY: Three Easy Holiday Gift-Wrapping Ideas

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Here’s the thing: I’m not so great at wrapping presents. Those pesky corners never lay flat for me and for the life of me, I cannot tie the perfect bow. So, out of necessity, I make sure to add some flair to my simply wrapped gifts. Here are my three favorite ways to easily turn a so-so wrapping job into something much, much better.

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DIY: Modern Paper-Tree Garland

By Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of  Alice & Lois

Oh Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum… Holiday decorating is in full swing! We love Christmas décor but usually try to keep things modern and simple. This DIY paper-tree garland is easy to make and would be fun project to work on with the kiddos!

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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Ideas (In Under 10 Minutes!)

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving, friends! We’re down to the wire and if you’re scrambling for time, don’t panic. We have six super-simple ideas that will guarantee a beautiful (and stress-free!) Thanksgiving celebration in under ten minutes, flat.

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Wedding Inspiration: 8 Cozy Ways to Use Faux Fur

There’s nothing more cozy than snuggling up with a faux-fur throw on a cold winter day. But faux fur isn’t just for your house (or closet) anymore, there are some really fun ways to incorporate it into your wedding day! From glam to rustic, adding a furry touch can warm up a frosty winter wedding. Here are some of my favorite ideas.

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How To: Throw the Perfect Holiday Party in Five Easy Steps

The holiday season means plenty of gatherings, parties, and hosting duties, all of which can certainly get a little overwhelming. Organization is always key to ensuring a stress-free event. To help you stay on top of things and handle everything with grace, I’ve laid out five easy steps for hosting the perfect holiday party.

This metallic-tinged tablescape inspired me to create some coordinating party elements below.

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My Thanksgiving Table: Lynn Knipe

This holiday season, in addition to our regular Julep contributors, we’re also sharing stories from our Minted artists and designers about how they celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Name: Lynn Knipe of Griffinbell Paper Co.
Where you’re based: Encinitas, CA
How long you’ve been with Minted: 4 years
My favorite thing about the holidays is… the festive get-togethers with friends and family.
This year, I’m thankful for… my family—my husband, our two kids, four cats, and one dog.
Stuffing—love it or loathe it? Stuffing is my favorite Thanksgiving dish—I even have it for breakfast the following morning!
Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving unless… I make one healthy, low-fat side dish that no one eats!

Here’s a little glimpse into my Southern California home and kitchen (a.k.a. Thanksgiving central!) and what I’ve got cooked up for the holiday this year.  —Lynn

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