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  1. Yule Log Gift Packaging

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    Here's an attractive way to package unusually shaped gifts, such as glassware or bottles: Put them in mailing tubes dressed up as Yule logs.

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2007
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  2. Hot Cocoa Kit

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    Give everything needed for great hot chocolate, served in a bowl big enough to satisfy any chocolate fanatic. 

    To make this gift, fill an antique bowl with Mexican chocolate, cinnamon sticks, a vanilla bean, and miniature marshmallows. Wrap with a bow, and include your favorite recipe for hot chocolate. 

    Gift Contents:

    Ceramic bowls or mugs

    Ibarra sweet Mexican chocolate (or other high-quality chocolate)

    Miniature marshmallows

    Cinnamon sticks

    Vanilla beans 

    Tissue paper

    Cellophane packets

    Ribbon

     

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    Martha Stewart Living
  3. Dried Leaf Place Cards

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    To dry leaves, lay down a sheet of newsprint, followed by paper towels. Arrange leaves on paper towels, then place a second layer of paper towels and a sheet of newsprint on top. Set stack in a phone book, and place in a dry, ventilated spot for several days. To make place cards, use a gel-ink pen -- ours had white ink, but metallic shades will also work well -- to add guests' names.

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2006
  4. New Year's Champagne with Grapes

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    In Spain, revelers mark the new year by quickly eating a dozen grapes at midnight. The fruit is said to be a predictor of the year ahead: Each sweet grape represents a good month, each sour grape a less-than-lucky one. 

    Adopt the tradition by threading grapes onto skewers, and serve each in a glass of Champagne just before the countdown.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January
  5. Brown, Green, and Silver Magnolia Garland

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    A traditional green-and-brown magnolia garland goes from graceful to glam with the addition of shiny silvered magnolia leaves and holly branches. 

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2010
  6. Valentine's Day Chocolate Wrapper Arrangement

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    The vase underneath this bunch of roses, dusty miller foliage, and nerine lilies is wrapped to look like a box of chocolate.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2011
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