- Wrap boxes with interesting papers, using folded strips as ribbons. Place oversize paper stars and paper ornaments on boxes. (Find great looks at www.paper-source.com.) Crisscross ribbon on top of boxes instead of underneath.
- Cover a small box with paper. Tape ribbon around the center, and place a potted topiary inside. Top with moss.
- Wrap containers with green paper; tape in place. Attach a strip of red paper around the middle. Tie colorful cording in a simple knot in front. Fill with bunches of hypericum berries.
- Embellish books and journals with wrapping paper. Display holiday-hued reading material on shelves and coffee tables.
Red Velvet Hot ChocolateWith a sweet cream cheese "frosting" and chopped milk chocolate, this take on red velvet cake will knock the socks off your guests.