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December 12, 2012

Moll Anderson’s Gift Giving Present-ation

Red Bird Gift Wrap

Photo Credit: beall + thomas photography

My “presentation-is-everything” philosophy carries over into my home, my style, and my life, and nothing speaks more to presentation than a beautifully wrapped gift. Once you take the time to choose the right gift for someone, don’t neglect the presentation. Your gift will feel all the more special because you have taken the time and effort to present a beautiful package. Whatever you choose to hold your gift, remember to embellish it with decadent details. Get creative with wrapping paper, ribbon, and tags. Choose colors and patterns of paper and ribbon to coordinate with a theme or fit your décor, or make your selections to fit the recipient.

There are many creative ways to personalize a gift, outside the traditional wrapping paper and box. Here are a few ideas to inspire your gift presentations with your partner’s favorite interests in mind.

• Use a map from your favorite vacation or a dreamed-about future destination.
• Newspaper is always an option to try- the sports section for the sports fanatic, or even the front page from an important date.
• Craft stores offer colorful, archival boxes. Make copies of your favorite photographs, and mementos and decoupage them on the box.
Moll Anderson's Christmas Closet• Home improvement stores sell paint cans and buckets that can be filled with surprises. Use brightly colored tissue or shredded paper to hide the gift.
• Instead of wrapping a tie in a box, use his neckwear to wrap the box or other surprise.
• Chinese take-out boxes come in a variety many sizes and can be personalized.
• Themed gift baskets make for a great presentation. Just remember when wrapping a basket with cellophane or paper, to use 3 times the size of the gift for the perfect amount of paper!

For more inspiration this holiday season, check out my new book Seductive Tables For Two.

Tune in this Saturday to The Moll Anderson Show, 2pm PST, 5pm EST. Comedian and writer Carrie Seim is back to talk about some great ideas for holiday giving, and
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About the Author

Moll Anderson
Moll Anderson
Moll Anderson is an accomplished interior designer and lifestyle expert who infused the interior design world with a fresh new way of thinking with her first book, Change Your Home, Change Your Life®. She is known for her sensory-scaped approach to design featured in her newest book The Seductive Home™. Anderson, an Emmy-winning entertainment reporter, has served as guest and designer on national television shows and has been featured in popular women’s magazines. Get to know Moll Anderson at