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14 great gift ideas for the holiday hostess
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14 great gift ideas for the holiday hostess

Get holiday party ready with these gift ideas for your holiday host or hostess.

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4 creative holiday gift wrapping ideas

Handmade modern

A little old-fashioned, a little modern and a lot of style. Lace-like details give style and food editor Tara Ballantyne’s packages a handmade feel, while hits of neon keep the look contemporary and fun – perfect for a season that both embraces tradition and celebrates new endeavours. 1 Neon lights The graphic mix of neon ribbon, matte black paper and embroidered details is Tara’s nod to modern Scandinavian design. 2 Lacey touch A doily layered over solid paper creates a darling lace effect on Tara’s parcels. 3 In stitches Subtle crossstitching lends gift tags and wrap a festive homespun touch. 4 Connect the dots Polka dots are sweet and celebratory, even in black and white. Neon ribbon adds an edgy feel.

By: Tara Ballantyne, Ann Marie Favot, Morgan Lindsay & Jessica Waks Source: Ryan Brook Credits: Style at Home

4 creative holiday gift wrapping ideas

Pretty in pink

The combination of dusty rose and dove grey brings a sense of youthfulness to these Christmas presents that’s sweet but not saccharine. Senior style editor Ann Marie Favotskilfully combined patterned papers, string and stickers to create a fun, fresh take on holiday gift wrapping. 1 Wheels of fortune Pinwheels crafted out of patterned papers are delightful present toppers and a twist on the ubiquitous bow. 2 Pattern play Multiple patterns on one gift feels harmonious because of the small-scale prints in subdued hues. 3 Wrap star Ribbon wrapped in a unique way creates decorative interest on basic paper parcels. 4 Playing tag Bits of patterned paper cut into flower shapes make fashionable gift tags.

By: Tara Ballantyne, Ann Marie Favot, Morgan Lindsay & Jessica Waks Source: Ryan Brook Credits: Style at Home

4 creative holiday gift wrapping ideas

Rainbow bright

True to her happy-go-lucky style, design assistant Morgan Lindsay created a colourful array of wrapped presentsthat are guaranteed to put a smile on the recipients’ faces. 1 All that glitters A shimmering colour-blocked design was crafted by lining up pieces of double-sided tape, each covered in a different hue of glitter. 2 Colour pop Perfect for kids or young-at-heart types, the spectrum of hues pops against basic brown kraft paper. 3 Dotted line Morgan used a large hole punch to make a ton of coloured dots out of card stock. Whether forming a rainbow stripe or a polka dot pattern, the effect is equally playful. 4 Sparkles and stripes The glitter and double-sided tape technique was used to fashion classic stripes in a technicolour palette.

By: Tara Ballantyne, Ann Marie Favot, Morgan Lindsay & Jessica Waks Source: Ryan Brook Credits: Style at Home

4 creative holiday gift wrapping ideas

Time to celebrate

To create this sparkling dipped effect, Morgan used double-sided tape and multicoloured glitter.

By: Tara Ballantyne, Ann Marie Favot, Morgan Lindsay & Jessica Waks Source: Ryan Brook Credits: Style at Home

4 creative holiday gift wrapping ideas

Golden girl

Always one to bring on the glamour, design editor Jessica Waksgave her gifts a decorator’s touch. Her signature graphic palette of black and white with hits of gold is sophisticated and a perfect match for the dazzle of the holidays. 1 Buttons & bows A sophisticated black and white cameo button makes for an unexpectedly luxe present topper. 2 Seeing spots Jessica used a black Sharpie marker to draw spots on white paper. The look is reminiscent of her favourite wallpaper, Thibaut’s Tanzania. 3 Rose gold A rosette stamp applied to gold card stock lends this gift baroque flair. 4 Black beauty Shiny black ribbon creates a bold contrast to solid gold gift wrap. The gold and onyx brooch kicks up the glam.

By: Tara Ballantyne, Ann Marie Favot, Morgan Lindsay & Jessica Waks Source: Ryan Brook Credits: Style at Home