Christmas Reflection | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

Receiving gifts is an exciting moment, someone is thinking of you and wants to please you or make you happy with a simple gesture. You go through the process of tearing the beautiful wrap covering the box and reading the card attached to the gift. You think “I am so lucky someone took the time to do this for me on this occasion”. Finally, the gift presents itself to your eyes and suddenly you feel sad, your jaw drops as if you have seen a ghost and you are in disbelieve of what you just saw in the box. It is the same present you gave a year ago to that same person giving you the present, the gift returned to you recycled.

Yes, this is true, it has happened to me, I received a year later, the same gift I gave to that very person standing before me, telling me how much she cared for my friendship. My surprise was so big, I didn’t know if I wanted to laugh or cry. I exclaimed: “I wanted to buy me this gift last year, I loved it so much…, instead I bought it for you because you like everything I wear, I thought you would have worn it with pleasure, instead I am so fortunate it returned to me, it must have been really made for me.” End of discussion and friendship. She could have simply written my name on the gift to remember who gave it to her and recycle it to a different person. That year, I decided not to give Christmas presents anymore to no one. To most people, Christmas is only the time to overspend carelessly, the holiday itself doesn’t mean much else.

In this period of the year, I spend time with friends I have not seen much during the year, I call people in need of comfort and company, I cook special food, and sweets to share with others, I make simple things to give away, such as decorative balls for the tree and give thanks to many people who helped me in my life and business. I enjoy attending many Christmas shows and parties. This time of the year for me is all about the new light coming into my life, realizing new dreams, and thinking of new opportunities.

I want to give you some suggestions if you are into giving a lot of gifts. All factory items already come sealed in a lot of plastic boxes, often very hard to open. We must be conscious of the environment, let’s eliminate all the possible waste we can. This year wrap your gift in brown paper, better if it comes from grocery shopping, cut away the name of the store and use the rest of the shopping bag. I saw this picture on Pinterest with the photo of the person the gift is intended for, I thought it’s a great idea.


Our Suburban Farm

Jane Lee on Instagram has another great idea, she attaches parts of a newspaper over the brown paper, a fern branch with a wax seal and a handwritten message.

Jane Lee Instagram

Jane Lee Instagram

Sometimes, I have wrapped gifts in my own architectural drawings for home remodeling I did for clients. It was another way to show people what I do and recycle the drawings. Also, I have wrapped gifts in fabrics to use as napkins or kitchen towels later.


Fabric as gift wrap

Please don’t stress out over Christmas, this is the time to enjoy a renewal of your spirit and collect the strength to start a new fabulous year. Ciao,

Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved



Valentina Cirasola is a storyteller by nature. Stories are very important to her design career to convey ideas because making someone’s home or personal images is not only about building around shapes, lines, forms, and colors. It is about the story one can create around their spaces and how they want to appear to others. It’s about life experiences and how Valentina can incorporate them in her clients’ homes. She is the author of five books, all available on

Amazon – Barnes&Nobles

Amazon Author’s Page



9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. CarolCooks2
    Dec 22, 2019 @ 01:04:25

    Reblogged this on Retired? No one told me! and commented:
    If you think wrapping presents i brown paper just to help the environment.. Think again… These look absolutely beautiful… Just remember you can’t wrap time and that is the greatest gift you can give anyone… A phonecall, A promise to babysit. Mow the lawn or just sit and chat over a cup of tea.. Where ever anyone is they are just a snap chat away… Xxx



  2. CarolCooks2
    Dec 22, 2019 @ 00:58:21

    I love this… Brilliant ideas… Merry Christmas x



    • Valentina
      Dec 22, 2019 @ 03:20:35

      Thank you Carol for the visit. You are right it isn’t just about saving the environment, we want the gift wrap to be personal. Merry Christmas to you and family.



  3. robbiesinspiration
    Dec 18, 2019 @ 16:55:17

    A lovely post, Valentina. I make a lot of my gifts, in particular, Christmas Cakes which I decorate and real miniature Christmas trees which I hang with little treats. I am not a big supporter of commercialism.



  4. dgkaye
    Dec 17, 2019 @ 01:26:05

    Wow. I’d never heard a story about someone being regifted their own gift! Excellent response! I’m with you, I’m getting tired of the over commercialism of Christmas. I’m really not even feeling like it’s already coming on Christmas, I must find my spirit. I wrapped up the hub’s great grand kiddie’s presents yesterday and couldn’t wait to finish. I was thinking about how ungrateful so many kids are because there’s just too much and somehow the spirit of Christmas gets lost in translation. We need to get back to basics and remember the spirit of Christmas and the little things that matter. ❤ Merry Christmas Valentina.:)



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