In last year’s post, T Side / L Side: Holiday Wrapping, we invited you into our homes and continued to show you 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, we thought it would be fun to give you some last minute ideas for how to wrap and decorate for the holidays. We especially always like to think outside the (gift) box when planning our gift wrap (and use colors, patterns, and textures that are unexpected and fun). 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: My daughter Joie is starting to feel the holidays around her, and this year I just want to make it fun / lighthearted. Small pops of color and festive llamas in our decor should do the trick, right? If that isn’t enough, I’ll just throw in a strand of light up disco balls. I love the holidays!

Gift wrap is my thing, and what I love most of all is taking patterns and prints that make no sense together and combining them to create an overall look. I hit up my go to spot for gorgeous paper options (Paper Source), and totally fell in love with these llamas! What do they have to do with Chanukkah? No clue, but they sure feel festive!

Like I said … Unexpected patterns are so much fun! I kept my ribbon and gift tags simple in order to not take away from the paper itself.

Gotta love a good disco ball!

I am excited for Chanukkah to start and for our little family of three to celebrate together before we add one more (5 more weeks!). I know Joie has enjoyed seeing these decorations go up in our home, and next year will be big enough to really get in on the fun!

L Side: As you probably know, if you have been following us for any time now, Tami and I really really don’t like what is being offered for Chanukkah wrapping. I find myself at this time of year, scouring stores for something festive that doesn’t necessarily fit the mold for either holiday and this year came home with my first round of paper in black, gold, and white. I wanted to add in something fun, so when I went back to look again, I guess I was in a girly mood. I came back with different shades of pink and gold and can’t say I am mad about it. I kinda love this look and my girls do too! 

A mix of fun patterns with a bit of a Kate Spade vibe and preppy Martha Stewart tags are just what I needed this year!

I tied each gift off with black ribbon (notice they are not so perfectly tied). 

I wanted to add in at least a little nod to Chanukkah … I think the gelt does the trick!

The other thing my girls love this time of year is getting holiday cards. So many of our friends and family send them out. I put them on display to enjoy all season long!

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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