I was playing with some holiday colored designs for my shop (yeah, I know, but better late than never), and decided to turn them into printable holiday gift tags. We all like freebies, right?
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve gone to wrap presents a day or two before Christmas and then cringed when I realized we were completely out of tags and I had to endure my worst nightmare – braving the stores right before Christmas.
Hopefully these will spare you that pain, unless you’re the sort of person who still has to do all their shopping. If that’s the case, make sure you’re being nice to the store employees. When I worked retail, I was always kind of amazed at how mad people would get when, an hour before the store closed on Christmas Eve, we were out of the size/color/style they wanted to buy. Don’t yell at them about this. It’s not their fault. Be kind to the retailers people. Working long hours over the holidays is stressful and tiring, and you’ll be amazed at how much they’ll be willing to help you if you show a little kindness. But I guess that’s true in most situations in life, right?
I always thought that it would be awesome to randomly show up at a store with coffee or pizza for the employees on Black Friday. Then again, I don’t know how they would feel about taking food from a random stranger. Maybe Starbuck’s gift cards would be the way to go? Just a thought.
Anyway, whether your shopping is done or not (I’m 85% of the way there – now I’m just trying to figure out how to get away from the kids/boyfriend long enough to wrap everything), I hope your holiday season is a good one so far!
Just click here to download the PDF file.
**For best results, you should print them on card stock or very heavy paper.**
Happy fourth day after Christmas!
My Christmas was fantastic! I always have SUCH a good time hanging out with my family for the day. We open gifts with the girls at our house in the morning, then we go over to my parents house to open up more gifts with my parents, my sister and her husband (and their puppy!) and then even more family (my grandma, aunt, and cousins) comes over for dinner (my mom makes the BEST Christmas ham on the Weber grill!) and a grab bag exchange. My boyfriend has turned me into quite a beer geek, and my sister and her husband are too, so it’s become a recent tradition that we each hit up Binny’s a couple of days before Christmas and brings over cool bottles of different crazy beers for everyone to try. Christmas with my family is noisy, and rowdy, and full of food and laughter and always SO much fun.
One funny thing about Christmas this year is that we FINALLY replaced the last of the items from The Box That Vanished. Now, when we moved back in April, there was a box of our stuff that disappeared completely. When I pack I tend to shove stuff in the box until it gets too heavy, then decide I need to fill it up the rest of the way with lighter stuff. Which results in a lot of boxes whose contents don’t make much sense. This particular box had in it our silverware, one set of bathroom towels, my knee-high black boots, my boyfriend’s Toronto Maple Leaves Hockey blanket, and our waffle iron (told you my packing makes no sense). We pretty much had to replace the towels and silverware right away (plasticware and dripping dry get old pretty fast) but we’ve mourned the loss of our other stuff ever since. I can’t tell you how many times I went to go put on those black booths and ransacked the house for an hour, only to remember that they were in The Box That Vanished.
Anyway, for Christmas this year my awesome boyfriend got me new boots, my mom bought him a new blanket, AND she bought us a new waffle iron (hellooooo waffles for dinner last night!). We keep joking that now that we’ve finally replaced everything we’re going to come home one day to find the missing box just sitting in the middle of the living room floor with a spotlight shining down on it.
I was hoping to get some artwork done over the weekend, but that didn’t happen. Truthfully, it was nice to kind of unplug and relax. I haven’t even straightened up from the holidays yet. Our house still looks like a toy factory exploded. Every time I walk in our front door I look at the sink of dirty dishes, gifts that still need put away, and other miscellaneous Christmas clutter, cringe, and flop down on the couch to put if off until later. I guess now that I’m back to “real world” mode I better get to it.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday too!
I’m jumping on the Christmas bandwagon and doing another Christmas picture. I was driving in the car this morning, thinking about what kind of illustration I wanted to do next (yup, those are the kinds of things I think about…don’t judge me) and I thought it would be fun to do something from a Christmas movie, seeing as it’s only two days away. Have I mentioned I don’t have all of my shopping done? Yikes! I’ve never been this behind before… hopefully I’ll make it in and out of the stores unscathed.
So…back to Christmas movies. I’m kind of picky about them. I dislike sappiness, so that disqualifies a lot of them. I love the original animated Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Store Christmas. I love the old cheesy stop motion Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. I really love The Nightmare Before Christmas (although, is that really a Christmas movie? Doesn’t matter. We have lots of Jack and Sally ornaments on our tree.) And finally, I love the movie Elf, which I actually just introduced my daughter to this year. They keep playing it on tv, and I think at this point we’ve watched it four or five times.
I’m taking a break until after the holiday. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Color schemes first, compositions afterwards. That’s how it always seems to go.
It seems like the older you get, the more Christmas sneaks up on you. Remember being a kid? Each passing day felt like an eternity. An eternity to Winter Break from school. An eternity to Christmas day. An eternity until 6am when you could finally wake your parents up and start ripping into gifts under the tree (that was the rule at our house. I would always wake up somewhere around 4:30am, and I remember staring at the red numbers on my alarm clock waiting for the to change. It was excruciating)
Nowadays it’s a little different. What?!?! It’s Thanksgiving already? What…only twelve more shopping days till Christmas?!?! What…the kids are up already??? But it’s only 6am!?! It’s funny how life changes. I still love Christmas through.
In keeping up with my string of seasonal pieces, I decided a Christmas one would be fun. This one reminds me of those red and green peppermint candies in the crinkly cellophane wrappers. Or candy canes. Take your pick.