In last year’s post, T Side / L Side: Holiday Wrapping, we introduced you to our homes and our own personal design styles. We each have our own “side” or way of doing things, which makes us unique (even though we are twins). When we plan our gift wrap for the holidays and ways to decorate our spaces and make them festive, these distinct styles carry through. With Chanukkah and Christmas just around the corner (so rare that they end up at exactly the same time), we thought it would be fun to give you some last minute ideas for how to wrap and decorate for the holidays. Gone are the days of tacky blue and white paper for Chanukkah with dreidel tags and a possible pop of color. We especially always like to think outside the (gift) box when planning our gift wrap. Here is what we have come up with for our own Chanukkah wrapping this year (both with a special Christmas-y twist as we just could not help ourselves). Feel free to use this as inspiration in planning your own holiday gift wrap this year.

T Side: I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I have always been secretly drawn to Christmas decorations #jewishgirldreams. Every year at this time, I find myself pining for red, plaids, and leafy decor. This year with the first night of Chanukkah falling on Christmas Eve, I decided it is finally appropriate to tie just a bit of this inspiration into my holiday gift wrap. I did try to stay “holiday neutral” but added in some leafy greens just for fun.


I love this rustic meets glam buffet we bought last year at West Elm! Since Phil moved in, I have been trying to find ways to incorporate a bit of masculinity into our otherwise pretty feminine space (not always easy). This year, I promised him and myself that the look of our holiday decor would be much more manly. With this all black and burlap look, I believe it was mission accomplished!


Leaves in all different shapes and sizes were easy to find on a little stroll through our neighborhood and look great when added to each of our gifts.


I can’t wait ’til the holidays are in full swing and this small group of greeting cards grows (as it tends to do each year). This gorgeous Nambe menorah was a wedding gift and my overall inspiration for this leafy gift wrap look.


I couldn’t decide between these adorable wood grain tags and a roll of tape in the same pattern … So I bought both and mixed it up throughout my gifts.


A mix of ribbon is always fun as well!

L Side: You too, Tam!? There are just so many more Christmas gift wrap options out there! It’s hard not to be drawn to their fun patterns vs. our small selection of dreidels and blue and white. If any wrapping paper designers are reading this … I challenge you to come up with something new for Chanukkah next year! I couldn’t get myself to go full on red and green but love the mix of classic craft paper with a blue snowflake pattern and a touch of plaid.


I started with a red tablecloth and a fur throw for texture and love the contrast with the mostly blue and neutral gifts.


Simple and a little bit preppy … I love this combo! I look forward to getting even more holiday cards this year, but isn’t it great that the ones we’ve received so far match my decor?


I really wanted to keep my look rather simple this year and opted for white string and craft cards with white lettering to finish off each gift.


For a special touch, I threw in just a teensy bit of red and blue plaid to spice things up.


I always like to decorate other areas of my home as well, but with three girls roaming around I decided to keep it contained to one space and added in one cluster of candles and a cute air fern near my dining table to light when we have guests.

As you can see, we each have our own style when it comes to wrapping and decorating for the holidays. In your own holiday decor, which “side” do you relate to most? Leave us a comment below. Wishing all of our readers a wonderful holiday season from Side by Side Design!


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