Ellen Thomas

Your Transformation Coach - Transformation Coach
Esslingen - Germany

    Wrapping it up Easily, Ahead of the Rush! (Save time & money AND be a STAR!)

    December 1, 2011

    Are your holidays typically spent frantically worrying about what or whom you might have forgotten, panicked; waiting in line, buying last-minute meaningless gifts just so you have something to give? YIKES! Mine certainly used to be…but NO MORE and yours don’t have to be either! This week’s blog is dedicated to sharing some simple ideas to save you time and minimize stress, while putting your fabulous personal stamp on everything you joyfully give. Be known for memorable, creative gifts by your grateful, appreciative recipients!


    1.  If you’ve been following my blogs, you know I am a big fan of time management. I like to leverage my time by picking up multiples of unique gifts when I see them, such as the “Butter Bell” (for keeping butter stylishly at room temperature on your kitchen counter). A corner of my walk-in closet is dedicated to gifts and supplies (like scissors, tape, wrapping paper and pretty ribbons) so I can easily access them when I need them. I like to keep pretty wine bags on hand so I can always grab a nice bottle of wine from our collection, add a fancy ribbon and pop it in a bag for a hostess gift. I also stock rolls of clear and iridescent cellophane for wrapping virtually anything, from home-made baked goods to champagne. With pretty trimming, anything looks festive and makes an impression, showing you put time, effort and thought into the present.

    2.  Who doesn’t appreciate home-made goodies? I love to spend few hours (great project to do with kids!) preparing holiday treats. My signature recipe has been Hot and Spicy Peanuts for years; they’re easy to make and unique. I pick up attractive tins when I see them, so I always have several on-hand. In the last couple years, I’ve added Toffee Bark-another yummy and easy recipe. Both are published in the Stillman Family Cookbook. I’ll be happy to share the recipes if you want-just leave me a message below with your email. These make great hostess gifts when you are invited to a holiday party!

    3.  A huge time-saver is buying online! Want to save time AND earn mileage points? I buy gifts through Delta and American Airlines as I am getting close to a free international ticket on both. It doesn’t cost you any more and it’s a win-win. I’m also a member of Rue La La (it’s by invitation only, so let me know if you want me to send you an invitation!). They have tons of great sales, most of which are 50% off (usually only for 48 hours). I get an email daily to let me know when the new sale starts.

    Save time, money AND be a star? No-brainer!
    This week’s challenge:

    1.  Dedicate a shelf, drawer or corner of a closet for your gift area and move your wrapping supplies there along with multiples of gifts as you start collecting them.

    2.  Look through cookbooks and magazines for your signature holiday treat and plan which afternoon or evening you’ll spend preparing and wrapping the treats.

    3.  Make a list of the lucky recipients (save on your computer so you can add to it easily and it will be ready for next year!). Don’t forget the postman, cleaning lady, babysitters, etc. (these folks will be happier with a personal thank you note and cash).

    Please share your comments below! Did you take on any of the tasks above? Have other tips to add? Can’t wait to hear all about it!


    Ellen Thomas, founder of Your Transformation Coach, is passionately dedicated to helping people live their authentic life NOW. Her philosophy: Why wait? Every moment of your life has significance. Don’t waste another second not experiencing the true meaning in your life! A military spouse with an MBA in International Marketing, she is multi-lingual, an avid runner and loves to travel. She currently lives near Stuttgart, Germany with her husband Michael and canine running coach Bella. Catch a sneak peak of her upcoming webinar Ten Keys for Living Outside of the Box here.

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