Normally, I'm out searching for the prettiest gift wrap I can find, and usually I prefer Hallmark or Papyrus, and the reason for Hallmark is that I like the fact that they print lines on the inside of the roll for straight cutting... (which I hope they always continue to do...) then I'm off to the craft store buying oodles of ribbon. This year I thought I'd be a little more crafty and turns out I'm saving a lot of money too. So, I had this roll of kraft brown paper laying around that was never even opened and I decided that I would start wrapping the gifts in this roll. All of the gifts will be wrapped in recycled paper this year, and even if I have to buy some bags for odd shaped gifts that cannot be boxed I'll still go with the kraft bags for a nice cohesive look under our Christmas tree. I went thru my ribbon box and I already had several different styles of red ribbon so I that was it, and I decided to go with some kind of red ribbon, string or twine. I did go to the craft store and purchase several more styles of ribbon, and as luck would have it all of them were on sale too. While I was standing in line, I got sucked into some fuzzy red and green pom-poms and red buttons from the $1 bin that will later be hot-glued onto some packages. But, hey... they were from the dollar bin and I think they make the packages look fantastic. I am in love with bakers twine so I had to use some of that as well. Then while perusing the aisles, I got a bag of red jingle bells and some random picks for wreaths that I thought would look nice on a package. I also used some stamps and silver metallic ink that I had from home. Then the other day while shopping at Whole Foods, I saw this big display of big, gourmet flavored candy canes (pomegranate, nutmeg and pear and many more but those were the ones that I chose) by Hammond Candies, and there was a gal loading up her basket full of them and she remarked how wonderful they were so of course I plopped a handful of them in my basket too. I got lucky and they were also on sale for $1.99 each, and these are not thin, wimpy looking candy canes these are thick and rather dapper looking canes. I hope the gal was right and they are quite tasty. Before I get off of the subject of Whole Foods, I also purchased a tin full of teeny-tiny bite-sized cinnamon rolls.... 20 seconds in the microwave with a cup of tea and they are absolutely to die for. Which leads me to my next comment, why oh why can't there be a Whole Foods by where I live??? Anyway... enough of that but it really does irk the foodie in me that we do not have any great food markets that are not without a long-trek in the car someplace that usually involves snacks and possibly a coffee. Yes, that's how far I must travel for good eats. Okay.... never mind, enough rambling.