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Christmas Countdown : 2 Days

As easy as they are, I am not a fan of gift bags. Part of the fun of giving gifts is wrapping them up to look just perfect. Have fun playing with colors other than red and green or blue and silver. Why not wrap everything in matte black paper, tie it up with white ribbon, and write the recipients names with chalk? However, wrapping gifts doesn't mean you need to go out and buy expensive paper or ribbon every year. Your gifts can look simple, elegant, and just as full of Christmas joy in plain brown packing paper. Just add details like red or green ribbon or even baker's twine, and maybe a spring of evergreen to top it off.

brown paper packages tied up with strings

brown paper packages tied up with strings

And for the wrapping paper challenged among us, Lauren Conrad was kind enough to make a perfect gift wrapping how-to on her blog. Check out her instructions below, then get wrapping!

image via LaurenConrad.com

image via LaurenConrad.com