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Steal a Gift This Christmas

Our family has a fun Christmas Eve tradition that we lovingly call “The Bag Game”.  It’s also known by other names like Steal a Gift, White Elephant Exchange, or Naughty Santa.  We always have a blast and lots of laughs.  There’s always cool gifts, gift cards, and lots of funny, inappropriate gag gifts.  Most importantly it’s entertaining and a great way to spend quality family time.

Here’s what you do: Place small gifts into brown paper bags.  Try to pick gifts that get laughs, are useful, or things that people want.  Don’t tell people what’s in your bags, you want it to be a surprise.  Sit on the floor in a circle and pile all the gifts in the middle.  Somebody goes first-they pick one bag.  They open the bag and place the gift in front of them.  The person to the left has the choice of either stealing the gift or selecting a bag from the pile.  This continues on around the circle.  If someone has their gift stolen from them they get to steal someone’s gift or pick a bag.  Once everyone is done stealing it goes back to the next person in the circle.  The game ends when the last bag is grabbed.

There’s different variations of the game and you can make the rules fit your needs.  You might want to tell people how many gifts to bring and/ or a money limit.

The most important part is to have fun and enjoy spending time with the family. :)

Peace & Love,

Billie

Free gift wrapping is now available at www.zulidesigns.etsy.com.

Christmas is around the corner, as I’m sure you already know.  Here are a few quick and fun gift wrapping ideas to make your holiday jolly and bright:

Roll a gift inside a reusable grocery bag.

Do as the Japanese and wrap your gifts in pretty cloths.  Furoshiki is an eco-friendly way to make your gifts pretty.

Add some pom poms!  I remember I used to make these cute little puffy pom poms when I was younger.  You can try making fork pom poms.

Gift wrap with pom poms.

Short on time?  Find a retailer that offers gift wrapping.  I now offer FREE gift wrapping by request!  I can also deliver directly to the gift recipient and send the wrapped gift with a gift tag.

Let me know if you have any gift wrapping ideas that you love.  Now, get shopping so you have some gifts to wrap!

Peace & Love,

Billie

Craft Show Display Smackdown

It’s that time of year again when I start preparing for the Atomic Holiday Bazaar, a yearly craft extravaganza in Sarasota, FL.  Touted as “not your Grandma’s craft show”, Atomic draws the coolest people around town.

One of my very first craft shows was at a church where I sold my handmade glycerin soap in cute little shapes like rubber duckies and snowflakes.  I remember I crammed that table full with as many products as I could!  My display was pretty boring.  I used a white sheet to cover the table and some cardboard boxes to put under the cloth to lift some items up.  That’s it.  No signage, lights, cute containers, nada!

Later I had my first jewelry show at a spa during one of their events.  I didn’t bring a table.  Oops.  I ended up setting up my display on top of a long table and a microwave!  I made some colorful handmade boxes that I placed my beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings on top of.  It was pretty sad!

Since then I’ve smartened up and studied the art of creating appealing and successful craft show displays.  I’d like to share some tricks I learned to make your next craft table stand out.

First, make sure you know whether to bring a table and chairs! ;)

You must have some sort of cloth or fabric to cover the table.  If you know the dimensions you can purchase a fitted table cover.  Otherwise, you can use sheets or table cloths.  Matching cloths look the best.  Mismatched prints along your table can be a bit distracting.

Cookoorikoo uses a light teal table cloth that’s eye-catching, yet doesn’t distract from her displays or products.

A sign with your store name is a good idea.  I ordered my banner from Vista Prints and have used it over and over.  I attach it to the table cover using 1 inch squares of Velcro.  I place some on the back of the banner in all four corners and along the top and bottom of the sign.  I then line the banner up on my cloth and add Velcro to match up with the banner’s Velcro.

Fantastic Toys had this banner made at Spoonflower. It’s printed on upholstery weight fabric. A fabric hem was added using a sewing machine. It’s hung from a wooden pole.

To give your booth some excitement you must raise your items up on boxes, shelves, suitcases, etc., otherwise, your display will look flat.  Adding colorful baskets, plates, and containers to stash your lovely crafts will give your booth a pop of color and texture.

Crinoline organizes and lifts items up off the table in creative ways. Love those trees!

Lighting is a good idea (check to see if the craft show facility offers electricity).  You’ll want the lighting to shine onto your crafts like a spot light.

Emily’s Escape uses lighting to showcase her jewelry.

If it’s a Christmas show, something festive is a good idea.  I like to have a little Christmas tree on my table & tree lights are a must!  Maybe add some garland, tinsel, or whatever you can think of.  I once used pillow stuffing as “snow” on my table.  I recommend thinking outside the box and trying new things!

The Christmas tree makes Kitsch Cafe’s table festively cute!

Make sure your stuff is priced.  Having small signs with the prices is a nice touch.  At the very least make sure you have them individually priced if you don’t want signs.  I don’t know about you, but if I can’t find a price I probably won’t ask how much.  You don’t want to miss out on sales!

Amy is the Party does a brilliant job pricing her products with easy to read signage.

I hope these tips help you out and inspire you.  If you have any ideas that you recommend I’d love to hear them!  Leave a comment!

P.S. I’ll be at Atomic December 8th this year.  Stop by and sale hi!

Peace & Love,

Billie