The art of giving: creative ways to wrap gifts for the holidays

It's the holiday season! Thanksgiving is upon us, Hanukkah is just around the corner and Christmas is only thirty five days away. EEEK! If you're anything like me you also have a few birthdays to celebrate this time of year and things are about to get crazy hectic!

I don't enjoy shopping. Not even a little bit. I do however, enjoy finding the perfect gift, wrapping it and giving it to my loved one. There are so many amazing online stores now so Instagram and Etsy will be helping me with my gift shopping this year and I don't intend on leaving the house to brave the crowds of stressed shoppers frantically looking for last minute gift ideas. I have total confidence I can get all my gift shopping done online, including greeting cards & wrapping paper.

Images via Instagram clockwise from top left: @tinasosna @bespokepres @riflepaperco @bespokepress

Images via Instagram clockwise from top left: @tinasosna @bespokepres @riflepaperco @bespokepress

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Images via Instagram clockwise from top left: @designwonderlab @pennedblack @_inthedaylight @rosielou

My back up plan? Gift vouchers from the servo on Christmas Eve. Yep, I said it and I'm not even ashamed. If you know me at all you'll know the voucher will be gift wrapped or at the very least it will be inside a suitably decorated envelope of one of the nice #christmascards I've already bought online (thanks Instagram!)

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Images via Instagram clockwise from top left:  @pear.street.studio @pear.street.studio @wellspringwrites @girlandherpen

Sometimes a voucher IS the perfect gift. I've got two children under two, if someone scribbled a voucher for an evening of babysitting on a piece of paper and handed it to me on Christmas Day I would probably have tears of happiness streaming down my face!

If anyone wanted to bake me some choc chip shortbread biscuits for Christmas I'm totally down for that too! Who doesn't enjoy receiving baked goods? Giving doesn't always need to be about store bought gifts, it's about bringing joy or happiness to the recipient (side note: the act of giving releases endorphins so you'll get a kick out of it too!)

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Images via Instagram clockwise from top left:  @giftory.co @habituallychic @gardenista_sourcebook @leighanne_yourhomebasedmom

Creative ways to present your presents!

If you've gone to the effort of deciding on a perfect gift, why stop there? A little extra effort presenting the gift always makes the receiving seem that little bit more special so if you've ever handed over a gift still in the bag from the store you bought it from it's time to up your gift wrapping game (and not just by throwing the item into a paper gift bag from the dollar store and adding one of those awful plastic adhesive bows!)

The gift bag

Let's keep it simple and start with a gift bag. A reusable printed canvas drawstring bag from In The Daylight is a perfect alternative to the paper gift bag and makes wrapping a breeze for an oddly shaped gift that would otherwise be difficult to wrap with traditional wrapping paper. And as you can see below it also makes a great addition to your decor if you're one of those organised people who finishes their shopping and wrapping early.

Many purchases these days actually come in a drawstring bag so you may happen to have a few on hand. Simply add a gift tag and voila! Christmas gift wrapping sorted! If you want to get a little more creative you can't go wrong with adding foliage. Natives in particular make great additions to gift wrapping because they often dry well.  

Images via Instagram clockwise from top left:  @_inthedaylight @_inthedaylight @alicia_severn @pear.street.studio

Images via Instagram clockwise from top left:  @_inthedaylight @_inthedaylight @alicia_severn @pear.street.studio

The Bento bag

If you like the ease of a gift bag but you're after something a little different than you may want to give these Bento Bags from Pear Street Studio a go. This trusted Japanese design has been around for hundreds of years and has many other uses making the bag a gift in itself.

Image via Instagram:@pear.street.studio

Image via Instagram:@pear.street.studio

Furoshiki wrap

Furoshiki is another Japanese art of wrapping and is my favourite gift wrapping style. It's so simple! Leave the parcel with a single knot or embellish with gift tags, foliage, ribbon or other ornaments of choice.

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Images via Instagram clockwise from top left:  @pear.street.studio @pear.street.studio @atleastblog @simoneleblanc

The gift box

If you're still not keen to get the scissors out and struggle with the wrapping paper and sticky tape then a gift box is the way to go.

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Images via Instagram clockwise from top left:  @pear.street.studio @mimosalaneblog @anastasiamika @resonances

Brown paper packages

If you're more the traditional wrapping paper type and prefer a more relaxed wrapping style you don't need to look far to find inspiration for brown paper packages tied up with string. Add a touch of foliage and a gift tag and you've got yourself one of today's classic gift wrapping styles.

Image via Instagram:@hegeinfrance

Image via Instagram:@hegeinfrance

Image via Instagram:@gatherandfeast

Image via Instagram:@gatherandfeast

As you can see below, white and black paper packages also look great tied up with string and foliage. Clay tags are a popular choice when it comes to adding a special touch to your gift wrapping.

Image via Instagram: @birkatron

Image via Instagram: @birkatron

Speaking of black and white...

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Images via Instagram clockwise from top left:  @boxwoodclippings @remodelista @homeyohmy @almostmakesperfect

The more traditional Christmas gift wrapper probably can't go past red and white wrapping.

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Images via Instagram clockwise from top left:  @melindahartwrightinteriors @notonthehighstreet @gatherandfeast @liebesbotschaft

Add some bling

Do you consider yourself to be a wrap artist? If you take the time to ensure all your folds are crisp and even, all the sticky tape is hidden and the gift is adorned with all sorts of embellishments from fancy satin bows  to porcelain ornaments than you probably also quite fancy a bit of sparkle. When it comes to Christmas you can't go past a touch of gold to make your gift wrapping shine.

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Images via Instagram clockwise from top left:  @monikahibbs @shopbetsywhite @papersome @boxwoodclippings

Get creative with this week's challenge theme

When it comes to gift wrapping the possibilities are endless and I can't wait to see all the inspiring entries come rolling in for this weeks 'Giving' theme. As always the challenge is all about getting creative with the theme and like I mentioned earlier the act of giving is more than gifting store bought presents. A child may learn to give by picking a weed from the garden and giving it to her mum and any mother out there knows that moment is just as special as the grown up child buying her a gift from the store.

May this week of giving evoke creativity, feelings of gratitude and happiness to you all.

Alicia

About the author: Alicia is a mum of three and creator behind Pear Street Studio, an inspirational place to shop for handmade decorations, gift wrapping items and heirloom Christmas stockings.

Follow Alicia on Instagram at: @pear.street.studio and @alicia_severn

Styling with Plants 

I’m certainly no plant expert and I’m still trying to determine if I actually have a green thumb or not, but I do love a bit of botanical styling and I employ this in both my interiors and flatlays alike.

Unlike fresh cut flowers, plants are the props that keep on giving so they are a fabulous and rewarding [not to mention healthy] addition to your home and styling pantry. And they don’t actually require as much care as you might think. I keep a lot of my indoor plants on the window sills by my kitchen sink and in the bathroom...both sills receive really good filtered, natural light and both spots are also good reminders for watering.

A lot of my indoor plants like the popular Fiddle-leaf Fig, Rubber Plant and Devils Ivy only require a good shower [literally!] every other week. I have been known to overwater my string of pearls and chain of hearts...they like to completely dry out between waterings so don’t shower them with as much watering love as you want to. These cascading plants make the perfect green props for shelfies and vignettes as well as trailing through a flatlay.

Vignette using prints from @TheLovelyOther, candle from @Milkies.Candle.Co and my String of Pearls.

Vignette using prints from @TheLovelyOther, candle from @Milkies.Candle.Co and my String of Pearls.

Tip: It’s also a good idea to give the leaves of your indoor plants like Mr Fiddle a bit of a polish before you style and photograph them...just like your inanimate props, plants collect dust too.

Flatlay using Israeli Ruscus Leaves with timber jewellery from @OneHappyLeaf.

Flatlay using Israeli Ruscus Leaves with timber jewellery from @OneHappyLeaf.

But obviously, green styling doesn’t have to be all about the living plants. Along with flowers, I often use leaves in my flatlays. Monstera leaves and Israeli Ruscus leaves are my favourites...they both last for ages in a vase of water so you don’t have to use them straight away and look fab even when you aren’t styling with them. I have been know to sacrifice the occasional succulent or two in the name of styling too.

Flatlay using paint swatches and succulents as props.

Flatlay using paint swatches and succulents as props.

Props such as wooden leaves or paper leaves, books and paint swatches from hardware stores can also add that botanical feel. And of course green inspired prints like the range from The Lovely Other don’t require any green thumbs whatsoever and give that fresh green pop minus the maintenance and responsibility.

Flatlay using prints from @TheLovelyOther as well as paint swatches, succulents and timber monstera leaf from @_zilvi.

Flatlay using prints from @TheLovelyOther as well as paint swatches, succulents and timber monstera leaf from @_zilvi.

I’m looking forward to seeing your take on plant styling for this week’s botanical theme with our fabulous sponsor Cindy, the talented creative behind @TheLovelyOther...it’s going to be a goodie!

Happy botanical faffing 

Marisa xx

Follow Marisa on Instagram: @Marisa.Young

Styling your Christmas grazing table for the festive season

With Christmas fast approaching, let’s talk about how to WOW your family and friends with a festive grazing table, because hey, life is too short to be stuck behind a stove and we all know you don’t win friends with just cheese and crackers! But a pimped out grazing table loaded with delicious market produce is sure to satisfy those festive bellies and give you more time to...well, pour yourself a glass of wine, go on you deserve it! It’s your Christmas too!

Now to be honest I haven’t put together a ‘Christmas’ grazing table before, however I’ve recently put together a grazing table for my son’s Paper Plane themed 2nd Birthday. No matter what the event, the core principles remain the same. First up let’s talk about the foundation steps to any good grazing table and then we can get to how we can add some Christmas cheer.

Picture: Baxter William

Picture: Baxter William

INGREDIENTS

Now let’s start with some ah-mazing ingredients – this is not the time to be cheap, no one wants a table full of crackers! But yes do get some of those (in contrasting shapes, long, square & round), cheeses of course (soft, hard, blue – mix it up), dips (pick a few different colours), antipasto & cold meats (salami, prosciutto, sundried tomatoes, bell peppers, olives), some petite cakes (add some pretty to your table, and remember get some contrasting colours and shapes - check out From the Wild for some inspo), dried fruits (apricots, apple), see what fruits are in season (these may not necessarily be eaten but they sure give your table some good eye candy - grapefruit, kiwifruit, pomegranate, grapes, blood orange, figs), along with some berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) and some nuts & seeds (almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds).

Picture: Baxter William

Picture: Baxter William

ADD HEIGHT

You want to make your table 3 dimensional and create a sense of drama. To do this, use crates, platforms, plinths, boxes … you can really use and repurpose anything, this is where you can get creative.

ADD ANCHORS

From here it’s time to add depth with layers, you can add a cake stand, cupcake stand, chopping-boards, platters, bowls, brown paper bags, ramekins, mason jars etc. These will essentially act as your anchors on the table. I sort of like to think of it as ‘colouring by numbers’, you know those colouring books where each section is numbered and equals a colour? Well the same principle applies with a grazing table… the chopping boards = cheese, the larger ramekins = dip, the smaller ramekins = olives and so on as you slowly build up your table in this process.

For example, let’s take a closer look at putting one vignette together: To the chopping board add an array of petite cakes. To your ramekins, add a dip to one, sundried tomatoes to another, and mini gherkins to another (whatever you use be sure to mix up your colour pallette). Around these add your larger fruits – this will add that Insta-worthy glam and make your table ‘pop’ (cut these into halves - blood orange, kiwi fruit etc.). Add your berries (e.g. strawberries) then another variety of contrasting colour (e.g. blueberries) making borders around your anchors. From here add your ‘fillers’ your bigger nuts (e.g. almonds) followed by your smaller seeds (e.g. pumpkin seeds) these are used to ‘fill in the gaps’. Throughout this whole process always keeping in mind to use contrasting shapes, textures and colours. Lastly add your foliage (choose something that will be hardy and not wither and die). These will be used as another ‘filler’ to fill in any larger gaps that have been left bare. When you multiply these vignettes around the table you’ll have yourself one pimped out grazing table…voila! I strongly suggest you take a step back and take in your masterpiece! Now hands off and control yourself…don’t demolish the table before everyone arrives!

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LETS GET FESTIVE

Now that we have the foundation to any great grazing table down pat, let’s get to the fun stuff and add some festive cheer. The idea of hanging foliage as a backdrop (as I have created at our birthday party) could easily be used to set the Christmas scene.

Picture: Baxter William

Picture: Baxter William

This hanging foliage is easily recreated by suspending a horizontal pole and adding bunches of different foliage - hanging at different heights (again with the foliage remember to choose something that won’t die within the first hour of your guests arriving!).  Next think about your colour scheme, red, green, white, gold or silver perhaps? Here are some ideas I’ve put together where you could replace our hanging paper planes used at our birthday party for something a little more in line with the festive season.

  • Using the same concept of the vertical paper plane drops, make up your own using Christmas baubles, pine cones or Christmas Candy? You could even cut out paper snowflakes if you feel like getting crafty!

  • Spray paint some white twigs and hang these sporadically in front of the greenery

  • Add ferry lights or Christmas lights

  • Decorate the greenery as you would a Christmas Tree with all your usual Christmas decorations hanging off the ends.

For the table itself you don’t need to go overboard with this, let the food take centre stage. Having a cake on your grazing table as the focal point aesthetically works well and by adding a festive cake topper there will be no mistaking what season it is. I personally love these custom toppers from Arlo & Co. My fave is the ‘Eat, Drink & Be Merry’, but there are a number of different ones that scream it's Christmas (e.g. Christmas tree, nativity scene etc)

Cake by From the Wild with topper from Arlo & Co 

Cake by From the Wild with topper from Arlo & Co 

There you have it, I assure you will have the hottest jaw dropping festive table in town - and one of the best things about creating a grazing table… there is hardly any clean up! Because if you’ve done it right – your guests will do this part for you! Happy grazing ☺


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About the author:

Angela is a mama blogger on Instagram, sharing her passion for motherhood and a love of children’s décor and fashion with an emphasis on a neutral colour palette and Scandinavian design. Follow Angela on Instagram @_honeypunch

The Wabi-Sabi way: How to embrace the art of the perfectly imperfect

The term Wabi-Sabi is something you may have heard in recent times around the Instagram circuit, especially amongst those seeking to embrace a more simple, authentic and calm way of life, but its origins date back to 15th Century Japan.

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese aesthetic borne out of a reaction to the lavishness and extravagance of the time, and embraces and celebrates the beauty in imperfection, impermanence, asymmetry, incompleteness and simplicity, with an appreciation for nature and its processes. 

A simple tablescape featuring bespoke handmade ceramic dishes by @mudbird_ceramics, shows just how Wabi-Sabi can be embraced through asymmetry and natural textures. Styling by @underthekowhai

A simple tablescape featuring bespoke handmade ceramic dishes by @mudbird_ceramics, shows just how Wabi-Sabi can be embraced through asymmetry and natural textures. Styling by @underthekowhai

Natural timber bowls and utensils, together with the crinkles of fabric and natures own imperfect design. By @underthekowhai

Natural timber bowls and utensils, together with the crinkles of fabric and natures own imperfect design. By @underthekowhai

There is no exact translation for term Wabi-Sabi, and doing so is impossible because Wabi-Sabi is more than just an ideal - it's a deeply ingrained concept in Japanese culture that encapsulates their entire world view. But loosely translated, "Wabi" can mean rustic simplicity, and quietness, and "Sabi" the beauty of age and wear- the patina, rust and spots that can't be mimicked except through age.

Patina on these time worn kitchen items can only be achieved through age. The crinkles on the bed sheet however, can be achieved simply by not ironing and folding it! By @underthekowhai

Patina on these time worn kitchen items can only be achieved through age. The crinkles on the bed sheet however, can be achieved simply by not ironing and folding it! By @underthekowhai

Wabi-Sabi is thrift shops, your Grandmother's cupboard, the well used baking tray. It's the falling leaves in autumn, the composting leaves in winter, the blossoms falling gracefully like snow in spring, and the lush green canopy in summer. It's the handmade, hand sculpted, hand-turned items with marks and asymmetry that can only be accomplished with human hands. It's the smell of old leather, the cracks and the crevices in concrete, the weathered outdoor bench seat, the sun faded paper and the time worn linen. It's the half finished painting in your studio, or the vase of withering flowers on your table - which have taken on a new aesthetic in their current state. It acknowledges that everything is in a state of flux, and that everything will change over time.

A half finished painting in Hanna's house hangs gently as if it's just meant to be. By @craftykin_

A half finished painting in Hanna's house hangs gently as if it's just meant to be. By @craftykin_

Kate captures impermanence with this beautiful morning coffee situation. The light and shadows will be fleeting, as will the steam from that cup of coffee. The time worn beauty of the table and coffee accessories is unique and can't be reproduced. The fragile nature of the flowers adds to the gentle calm of this image. By @thisfamilyrobinson

Kate captures impermanence with this beautiful morning coffee situation. The light and shadows will be fleeting, as will the steam from that cup of coffee. The time worn beauty of the table and coffee accessories is unique and can't be reproduced. The fragile nature of the flowers adds to the gentle calm of this image. By @thisfamilyrobinson

HOW TO EMBRACE WABI-SABI IDEALS IN YOUR OWN HOME AND STYLING

You may already do so without even being aware of it, which in itself is a beautiful notion to the natural processes of imperfection. Simply by looking at your surroundings differently can cause you to have a different take on things. My husband sees an old rusty fence covered in jasmine which he thinks needs to be ripped down (heaven forbid!). I see a beautiful piece of history with nature doing its thing to fill the cracks and joints - and to hold the fence up of course.

Amanda of Small Acorns Store in Wellington has a penchant for time worn, rustic furniture and artefacts, and has a perfectly imperfect style that seemingly comes naturally. The worn enamel paint on this piece of history serves as stunning backdrop for more impermanence - ageing flowers, a cup of coffee, soft worn linen and a very appropriate quote. By @smallacornsamanda

Amanda of Small Acorns Store in Wellington has a penchant for time worn, rustic furniture and artefacts, and has a perfectly imperfect style that seemingly comes naturally. The worn enamel paint on this piece of history serves as stunning backdrop for more impermanence - ageing flowers, a cup of coffee, soft worn linen and a very appropriate quote. By @smallacornsamanda

TAKE YOUR CUES FROM NATURE

Look at the shapes and shadows cast by nature. Look closely at the detail in trees, in the ground. Take a step back and look at the big picture, and notice how some branches hang gracefully, and others reach for the sky. Take photos. Notice the lichen appearing on branches, or the ivy starting to creep around the base of a tree. Pick up a branch that has fallen on the ground, or a piece of driftwood at the beach, and appreciate its natural form. Keep a bunch of flowers until after they are past their use by date, and see what happens - do get rid of the old water though! Press some flowers between the pages of a book. Grow a little herb and vege garden.

BRING NATURE IN

Into your home, into your styling. You can incorporate branches, twigs, leaves, flowers, stones into your home without it resembling a birds nest. A simple flower or large leaf stem in a bottle, or a handful of wiggly sticks in an old ceramic jug is austere beauty - because sometimes, well most times with Wabi-Sabi, less is indeed more. 

This simple and graceful arrangement in the home of Erena Te Paa, the queen of understated, pared back, neutral inspired elegance. By @erenatepaa

This simple and graceful arrangement in the home of Erena Te Paa, the queen of understated, pared back, neutral inspired elegance. By @erenatepaa

A simple branch in a ceramic vase will more than suffice in this room full of natural yet understated textures. Simply beautiful by @erenatepaa

A simple branch in a ceramic vase will more than suffice in this room full of natural yet understated textures. Simply beautiful by @erenatepaa

LOOK AROUND YOUR HOME FOR INTERESTING TEXTURES

It's amazing what you'll see if you just look closely. Look up, look down, look under. A concrete block wall outside can become the perfect backdrop for a simple styled shot. Those cracks in the carport floor, or even your back door step can add an incredible amount of interest in a photo. Yes - I've used both places for photography. Weather worn decking, a concrete path with its various textures, weatherboard exterior, an oak bedside table, a wooden coffee table, or even a fireplace hearth - when you take it out of context and zoom in on the little square needed for your photo, it changes the look completely. 

The concrete carport floor provides the perfect amount of texture, interest and aged imperfection for this collection of natural products. By @underthekowhai

The concrete carport floor provides the perfect amount of texture, interest and aged imperfection for this collection of natural products. By @underthekowhai

GATHER TIME WORN OBJECTS

You don't need to be a collector or have a home that resembles a museum. The important thing about Wabi-Sabi objects is that they are relevant to you - you're drawn to them because you appreciate the makers marks or the time worn patina. Each object has a story. Thrift shops, garage sales, and recycling yards are treasure troves for objects with rustic simplicity and understated elegance. They're also great places to fossick for items that could be potential backdrops - rusty old BBQ lids, planks of old timber, old table cloths and other linen, blackened oven trays, old cupboard doors....just remember to look at these things with different eyes to visualise how they can be used in a photographic context. 

Old planks of wood salvaged from a deck demolition have been planed back to create a makeshift table - perfect for this rustic "cafe" setting. By @underthekowhai

Old planks of wood salvaged from a deck demolition have been planed back to create a makeshift table - perfect for this rustic "cafe" setting. By @underthekowhai

PARE IT BACK

Understated elegance and simplicity are the key words here. When it comes to styling, sometimes it's more about taking away, than adding more to. Keeping it simple enhances the authenticity and quietness of the the setting, and allows the rustic qualities of each element to shine through. Paring back evokes a sense of desolation and solitude - both of which are qualities of the Wabi-Sabi ideal. An appreciation of muted beauty and serenity is acknowledged when things are simplified. Oh to apply these concepts to everyday life would be life changing! 

The simplicity of dishes and herbs is celebrated here, with simple flowing linens and a gently textured wall giving these elements the space they need. By @underthekowhai

The simplicity of dishes and herbs is celebrated here, with simple flowing linens and a gently textured wall giving these elements the space they need. By @underthekowhai

I think Richard Powell, author of Wabi Sabi Simple, summed up the Wabi-Sabi philosophy in the most appropriate way: 

"Wabi-Sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect"

Perfectly imperfect. 

 

 

5 simple ways you can bring some festive flair to your product photography

Is your online store ready for the silly season? It’s the time of year where you need to get ready to capture the spirit of the holidays and connect with the Christmas-minded buyer. Let us show you how to set the scene with images of your products that will have your audience feeling all merry and bright and inspired to shop.

Here are some simple and cost effective ways you can bring a touch of festive flair to your product photos and holiday marketing campaign:

Picture: @theurbanquarters via Instagram

Picture: @theurbanquarters via Instagram

Add touch of nature

There are definitely a lot of plants that we associate with Christmas, try adding some pine fronds or cones, poinsettia or holly to your scene. When used in a festive way other plants like rosemary and herbs can also add a touch of seasonal greenery to your image.


Picture: @tracey1968 via Instagram

Picture: @tracey1968 via Instagram

Keep it sweet with seasonal treats

Festive food is a cheap and effective way to add some Christmas cheer to your image - plus cleaning up after the photoshoot will be delicious. Try some candy canes or baked goods and add some extra decorative elements with ingredients like star anise and cinnamon sticks.


Picture: @happydaysfactory via Instagram

Picture: @happydaysfactory via Instagram

Create Christmas shapes

Even non-seasonal items can look the part when arranged in festive ways. Try stacking your products to create a Christmas tree or arrange them in a circular fashion like a wreath. String your items onto a garland to make your arrangement feel celebratory.


Picture: @jacinta_maslen via Instagram

Picture: @jacinta_maslen via Instagram

Wrap it up!

Adding some wrapped gifts - showing the wrapping in process will help capture the spirit of giving. It’s the perfect opportunity to whip out your prettiest scissors and spools of twin. Using christmas gift tags and cards with seasonal messages can add to the festive scene for your products.


Picture: @thecontentcreative via Instagram

Picture: @thecontentcreative via Instagram

Add some ornaments

Christmas decorations aren’t just for the tree - they also make great photo props! Adding some baubles or garlands to your shot is a super cheap and effective way to style up your image.


Picture: @kristie_maree via Instagram

Picture: @kristie_maree via Instagram

Picture: @alovelyspace via Instagram

Picture: @alovelyspace via Instagram

Put them all together!

Or alternatively you can just combine as many of the above elements as you like! You can never be too festive right? 


If you need some help creating your holiday season shots we’ve got you covered! Check out the special Creatively Squared 12 days of Christmas image promotion that will have your website and social channels looking the part and bringing the Christmas cheer. Plus don't miss our guide on how to 7x the exposure or your seasonal content.

Creative Wanderlust: How to style the perfect travel inspired photo

Travel themed photos are a fun way to capture the excitement of a holiday before you go and also a beautiful way to document the great times you had when you get home. There are lots of different creative ways you can capture your memories and pay tribute to your favourite places.

In honour of this week’s ‘Travel’ creative challenge theme we have put together a handy list of our top ways to style your wanderlust into an image.