Holiday Guide 2020

With the holidays fast approaching, local designer Jess Margeson (Owner, Frou Frou, Inc.) shares her favorite tips and tricks for the season! Follow along for flawless packages, perfect presents and easy home décor ideas

Holiday Guide Items

1. Select an overall palette and stick to it!

This is where most mistakes are made (as related to both seasonal, event and home décor). To avoid a disjointed look, preselect a pleasing palette (limiting
yourself to no more than three or four colors) and adhere to that when making small additions such as ribbon or wrapping paper. Incorporating metallic tones
always lends elegance, especially when paired with the more expected tones of red or green. Here, I relied on more muted metallic tones.

2. Gather your supplies

As the season approaches, start stashing away cardboard boxes of assorted shapes and sizes. For instance, a box once full of tea packets now serves as a
perfect gift box for a smaller item (like a man’s tie). This method reduces waste and pinches pennies—making it a double win!

3. Top it off!

When it comes to gift toppers, the only limit is your own imagination. Here, I fashioned present toppers out of coasters, old jar lids and even created paper
pendants by hand. While ribbon always provides a rich accent, flat packages are perfect for stacking and packing, and paper toppers save cost (when compared
to more costly ribbon).

4. Wrap packages just for décor

Gorgeous gifts double as great seasonal décor. Once your overall scheme is selected, purchase enough supplies to create gifts to double simply as accents.
Pretty prewrapped packages are an easy (and budget-friendly) way to add accents to your holiday vignettes.

5. Splurge on staple items

Since you have saved on packaging where possible, go ahead and splurge on staple items. For instance, that wide roll of rich satin ribbon (especially
in a neutral tone such as ivory or silver) is worth the cost. Here in the east Alabama area, Hall’s Wholesale has the best selection of solid-color satin
ribbon. So go ahead and splurge on some classic satin ribbon, as well as some foiled paper (to create your tags and other accents) paired with thick
wrapping paper. Sticking to a classic scheme ensures that you can reuse many of the supplies for years to come.

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The holiday season brings many delights, but sadly, it can be a time of stress for some. Between moments marked with mistletoe, feelings can easily turn from merriment to exhaustion.

Dr. Barry Burkhart (licensed psychologist and retired Auburn professor) explains how best to handle it. Burkhart reminds us to begin with the basics. “The first rule is self-care. Both psychological and physical self-care are essential. This means exercise, eat well, get adequate sleep and think ‘approach coping,’ not avoidance. Drugs, alcohol and isolation are all avoidance coping and only serve to collect interest on the threat. By contrast, in ‘approach coping’ you move toward the threat and even the smallest step helps. Celebrate these small steps and, most importantly, share them with others. The most powerful antidote to stress is human connection. After self-care, connection with others is the second rule of stress detox. A final thought: when in doubt, be useful, playful and kind to yourself and others. We all share this difficult and toxic year. Try to make it easier to bear for all.”

Dr. Barry Burkhart, Ph.D., ABBP | Licensed Psychologist
Professor Emeritus | Department of Psychology | Auburn University

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As the holiday season approaches, so does the annual conundrum—the quest for the perfect gift. This year, why not ‘check your list twice’ to ensure it includes unique selections from the following Auburn alumni. From nationally recognized best-selling author James Farmer, to local store owner (and current Auburn student) Sarah Jane Levine, there is something to appeal to everyone on your list!

Support the featured alumni by shopping the links provided

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JAMES FARMER III ’04, GEORGIA | AUTHOR, SPEAKER, DESIGNER

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JESS JOHNSON ’00, ARIZONA | STYLIST, ANTHROPOLOGIE

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ANDREW LEE ’08, ALABAMA  | FINE ARTIST

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REGAN THWING STANFIELD ’98, ALABAMA  | OWNER, REGAN ALLISON DESIGNS

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BETH GAMBLE REGISTER ’06, ALABAMA | OWNER, ELISABET BOUTIQUE

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PHILIP SMITH ’10, WASHINGTON, D.C. | PHOTOGRAPHER

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LYNTHIA EDWARDS ’00, ALABAMA | ARTIST

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SARAH JANE LEVINE ’20, ALABAMA | OWNER, LILY JANE BOUTIQUE

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GREG CURTIS ’11, GEORGIA | AURBAN WOODWORKER

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LAUREN JOHNSTON DUNCAN ’05, ALABAMA | FINE ARTIST & AUTHOR