Style Scene: Expert gift-wrapping tips make presents stand out
BY BRAVETTA HASSELL World Scene Writer
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
12/18/12 at 6:45 AM
Getting closer and closer to the holidays, all is getting quiet on the Style Scene front, except for the sound of rustling wrapping paper! This early? That is, if you are the type to get those presents in order sooner rather than later.
As a matter of fact, according to a survey by Scotch Brand tapes, 1 in 4 people wrap their holiday gifts one or two days before giving the gift, and 22 percent of people do their wrapping three to six days before the occasion.
To get you thinking about how to make this year's gifts really stand out, Lia Griffith, Ellinee blogger and winner of the 2012 Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper contest, offers these tips.
Keep it natural: Look to nature for inspiration and use pine branches, holly, feathers, grapevine twigs or pinecones to embellish a package. Also, try using brown paper bags or recycled newspaper to wrap the gift itself.
Design your own patterned paper: Use colored tapes to add texture to wraps and create your own patterned paper. Scotch Expressions Tapes can be applied to solid papers - or use the white side of non-holiday themed papers that you may have leftover from birthdays and other celebrations.
Make your own gift tags: Print your own gift tags. Online sites such as Etsy.com or Ellinee.com have fun patterns and designs that you can print using your home printer. Or print a photo of the recipient to use as a gift tag. This also doubles as an embellishment.
Tie it up: If you've run out of ribbon or don't know how to make one of those impressive bows, garden twine or baker's twine are great tools for attaching accents or even as a replacement for bows.
Make DIY paper accents: Transform red cocktail napkins into a poinsettia or make your own snowflakes or bows out of paper. These simple and inexpensive accents are sure to get a reaction.
Discount store decorations: From holiday ornaments and foam berries to little toys and figurines, check out your local dollar stores for some great inexpensive items that make wonderful embellishments. And if you're pressed for time, you can always look around the house and see what you can find.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue Tulsa has a number of events happening through the end of the year.
Saks Fifth Avenue Gift of Time runs until Christmas Eve. Exclusively for Saks card holders, enjoy no interest for one year when you spend $2,000 in one day on a major purchase account. Don't have a Saks card? Call 918-744-0200, extension 210, or ask an associate how to get one on your next visit to Saks Fifth Avenue Tulsa.
The department store's Fur Salon trunk show is happening through Dec. 31 on the second floor of Saks Tulsa. From wraps to full-length coats, cropped jackets and stoles, find styles sure to fit your personality.
To learn more or to book an appointment, call 918-744-0200, ext. 210
The Roberto Coin trunk show runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Each piece is the result of a journey amongst cultures and multi-ethnic influences. In keeping with this philosophy, the exclusive signature of every Roberto Coin piece is a small ruby set in a hidden position, symbolizing peace, long life, health and happiness. Visit Saks Fifth Avenue Tulsa to view this special trunk show and learn more about Roberto Coin's exclusive designs.
For more information or to book an appointment with a Fine Jewelry Specialist, call 918-744-0200, ext. 226.
Holiday shopping in Brookside
Still needing to get some last-minute holiday shopping done? Check out the shopping hours at some of your favorite stores in Brookside.
THURSDAY NIGHTS &MDASH; THROUGH CHRISTMAS
Brookside BP&T: until 10 p.m.
C Grant: until 7 p.m.
Edit: until 8 p.m. (also Fridays and Saturdays until 8 p.m.)
Edible Arrangements: until 7 p.m.*
Ida Red: until 9 p.m.*
Little Black Dress: until 7 p.m.
Must Stash: until 7 p.m.*
Mecca Coffee: until 7 p.m.
Meyer's Duran: until 7 p.m.
Nielsen's Gifts: until 8 p.m.
Purple Glaze: until 9 p.m.*
Ribbons: until 7 p.m.
Runner's World: until 7 p.m.*
Sasha Malchi: until 7 p.m.
Sherwin Williams: until 9 p.m.*
Sideways: until 8 p.m.
Tapestry of Faith: until 7 p.m.
Urban Furnishings: until 7 p.m.
SUNDAYS &MDASH; THROUGH CHRISTMAS
Aberson's: 1-5 p.m. (Dec. 23 only)
Best Hardware: noon-5 p.m.*
Brookside BP&T: noon-10 p.m.*
Black Optical: by appointment
Diamond Brokers: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Dec. 23 only)
Exhibit by Aberson's: 1-5 p.m. (Dec. 23 only)
Edit: 1-5 p.m. (Dec. 23 only)
Edible Arrangements: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.*
C Grant: noon-4 p.m.
Gleeful Peacocks: noon-4 p.m.
Ida Red: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Little Black Dress: noon-4 p.m.
MA Doran: noon-5 p.m. (Dec. 23 only)
Mecca Coffee: 1-5 p.m.
Meyer's Duran: : noon-5 p.m.*
Must Stash: noon-5 p.m.*
Nielsen's Gifts: noon-5 p.m.
Purple Glaze: 1-5 p.m.*
Ribbons: noon-4 p.m.
Runner's World: noon-5 p.m.*
Sherwin Williams: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.*
Sideways: noon-4 p.m.
Tapestry of Faith: noon-3 p.m.
Urban Furnishings: noon-4 p.m.
Westlake Hardware: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.*
MONDAY: CHRISTMAS EVE
Many of the Peoria Avenue stores and galleries that are normally closed on Mondays will be open until mid-afternoon Christmas Eve.
Original Print Headline: Wrapping tips make gifts stand out
Bravetta Hassell 918-581-8316
Do-it-yourself paper accents add a unique and beautiful touch to your wrapped gifts. CORY YOUNG / Tulsa World file
Several retailers in Brookside are offering special holiday hours to accommodate last-minute shoppers looking for unique gifts. Courtesy