Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String: Christmas gift wrapping. 

I love this time of year, and I get such great pleasure from purchasing and wrapping up my Christmas gifts for loved ones. I’m always ordering extra little bits just to make the gifts that tiny bit more special. This year, I browsed Pinterest for ideas and blended a few together to create the perfect gift wrap for my presents. 

My 2015 gift wrap is brown paper with white ribbon and tied up with string. I’ve purchased little white and red tags that will have personalised gold stickers on! In addition, I’m tying little candy canes into the bows and finishing the gifts off with gold icicle sticks scattered around the paper. It might sound extravagant but it can be done so cheap when you hunt around. 

  
In my small town, there’s a shop which is full of cute little trinkets, shabby chic ornaments and furniture, and at this time of year – the sweetest Christmas items. I took my 6yr old niece after school yesterday and she said ‘this is the most beautiful shop I’ve ever seen!’. Here, I purchased the brown paper and string and the cute card tags. You’ll be able to find these basic items in tones of shops or online! 

Here’s a few pictures I’ve found of beautiful gift wrap that you could copy or take inspiration from! Most are simple and DIY and they’re all very festive and pretty! 

   
    
    
    
 
I’ve found the best place to get bits and bobs from is eBay! Many can be personalised and cost just a pound or two! Just be sure to order from your home country so they come in time! If you’re a bit stuck on how to get a neat wrap, head to YouTube for tutorials! 

When all of my things arrive and my gifts are wrapped, I’ll post pictures. Tag me in your Christmas wrapping pics on Instagram and Twitter @heliemac1 and help get me feeling really festive! 

Hels X 

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Valentines Baking <3

Since it’s Valentines Day tomorrow, I thought I better do a themed post! Whether valentines has slipped your mind, you want a cheap but sweet gift idea or you want to get creative for your loved one, I’m sure you’ll love the ideas I’ve found below!

We’ll start off easy…..

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Strawberry/brownie/marshmallow skewers.
These cute and simple skewers would make a perfect dessert! Pop a strawberry, ready made chocolate brownie and a marshmallow on a skewer and drizzle in chocolate – simple but effective!

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White Chocolate Heart Moulds
These are so simple but look really cute and thoughtful. All you have to do is melt some white chocolate and pour it into heart shaped ice cube moulds, sprinkle on some pink and red sweets and voilà! Once they’re cooled, pop them out of the moulds and you’re left with these romantic treats.

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Iced Heart Biscuits.
These can be as simple or as intricate as you choose…. Pop to the supermarket for some plain biscuits and get yourself an icing kit, or do it the good old fashioned way and bake them yourself! You could try this recipe if you’re up for a challenge.

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Heart Tarts.
Another really cute idea is these little heart shaped jam tarts. Simply roll out some ready made pastry, cut into hearts, add a tiny bit of strawberry jam, place together and bake!

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Brownies.
My personal favourites! There’s so much you can do with brownies – white chocolate, milk chocolate, peanut butter, Nutella, Oreo, basically any sweet treat your loved one likes can be added! A really great valentines idea is red velvet brownies… I’ve never tried them myself but I’m sure you’ll agree they look amazing. If you’re feeling really brave and creative why not give this recipe a go today. Right now, I’ve got a batch of my boyfriends favourite chocolate fudge brownies cooling, which I’m topping with Nutella and Love Heart sweets!

So if you need a last minute gift that’s personal and super sweet, head to the super market and get baking!

Share in the comments if you bake anything for your loved one this valentines x