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 having just started and Christmas just around the corner, 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. Feel free to use this as inspiration in planning your own holiday gift wrap as well.

T Side: As this is the first holiday season spent in our current home, I got to experiment a little with how I would decorate this year. No falling into any old ruts for me! I got really excited about keeping a very neutral color palette and playing off of the few white / gray marble areas we have in our space. It made sense to decorate our fireplace and set my beautifully wrapped gifts up there as well as add a few other festive touches here and there. I stuck with the white and gray color scheme throughout and mixed in some silver to make it feel special.

As I mentioned, the fireplace is the main focal point for my holiday decor this year. Family photos are displayed all year long in this space. I weaved a sparkly silver ribbon through and added a few pinecones. I created these hanging fur pom poms (Thank you Pinterest!) for a fun effect.

Our gorgeous Nambe menorah sits atop the fireplace as well.

Upon receiving Paper Source’s most recent catalog, I fell in love with these large tinsel pom poms and this silver and white plaid printed paper. I knew right away I had to get them! I put great care into wrapping each one of our gifts slightly different to make them each special and also incorporated burlap string, teeny tiny tags, and a few more handmade pom poms into my display. 

I replaced the usual accessories on our West Elm marble-topped coffee table with a few silver candles and a dish full of holiday fun.


Here’s a few close up shots … Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!

L Side: It should come as no surprise that my decor and overall plan for wrapping revolved completely around my kids this year. With a crazy schedule, lots of gifts to wrap, and no time to do it, I wanted to make this process as easy as possible and opted to go with a few simple coordinating papers, a roll of trusty white ribbon, and simple sticker tags. I couldn’t help my creative self though, and threw in a few fun extras. A bit of pom pom string and some specialty tags with cute sayings made it just that much more fun!

I found this adorable ice skating print and based my whole scheme around it. It was too cute not to. A lot of people are scared of mixing prints, but I am clearly not! I also decided to hang all of the fun holiday cards we receive this year across the mirror. My daughter, Ava, just loves to look at each one and I love putting all of our friends and family on display.

Two different snowflake prints and some mini stars in a light, soft color palette with a bit of metallic keeps things fresh and festive.

“No peeking!” … I kept everything out of my three daughters’ arms reach and let them know that it is fun to be surprised every once in a while.


I may not have used traditional Chanukkah colors or prints, but I prefer a Winter theme most years and love how this look can be carried through to the entire holiday season. I put out a few dreidels though for my girls to play with and love incorporating all of the traditions into our nightly Chanukkah routine.

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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