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It’s that wonderful time of year again when the anticipation for Christmas starts to build. The shops are filled with a bounty of colourful baubles, the John Lewis ad is on repeat, and every day I pass a new window twinkling with lights. I can’t wait to decorate the house, making it cozy and festive, to put up the tree, and of course, to find the perfect gifts for family and friends. I’ve always loved giving presents at Christmas and the actual wrapping has been something I’ve put a lot of thought into over the years. So I thought I would take a look at four of the key Christmas trends for 2019, and share some ideas for how to use them in your wrapping and decor.

The 2019 Christmas trends really offer something for everyone, but in this post, I’m focusing on those that are sure to appeal to the traditionalist. After all, you can love the classics and still bring something fresh to your wrapping and décor! Read on for some ideas.

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NOSTALGIA

Nostalgia is one of the big Christmas trends this year, touching upon traditions old and new. Since Christmas is a celebration of family and tradition, a vintage touch is right at home, so now is the perfect time to dig that old box of ornaments out of the attic! Think tinsel, retro decorations, clip-on candles, and crackers, and motifs like bells and rocking horses. The colour palette is of course the classic ruby red, white, and gold (although you can add copper and teal for a contemporary twist).

When it comes to wrapping, I’ve always been really into the traditional style, using the typical colours of red, gold, and white. Add pretty ribbons and bows and hand written tags, and you have a classic Christmas look that will never go out of style! I’m so thrilled to see a lot more choice of pretty papers in recyclable and recycled paper options this year. With there being more of a trend towards sustainability, this is so important!

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NATURE INSPIRED

A delightful twist on the traditional festive look this year is the addition of textures and elements inspired by nature. It’s all about bringing the outdoors in with materials like pine cones, acorns, greenery and bark. Add natural ornaments to the tree, and spruce up your table with wood slices at each setting, as well as wooden lanterns and candle holders. Woodland animals are also a sweet addition.

Brown paper is another wrapping favourite of mine, and it’s perfect for this look! I also love a Scandi pattern, and having a printed brown paper with a coordinating string wrap or tie can look so pretty and rustic! Last Christmas, in fact, I went for a selection of printed brown paper gift wraps in red and white ink, with red and natural twine to tie around each present and hold a handwritten calligraphy tag.

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If you’d like to learn how to hand letter your own tags this year, then my Beginners Calligraphy Kits would make a perfect early Christmas present to yourself! You can find them, as well as a selection of Christmas cards, tags, decorations and gifts over in my shop.

Jacquie

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