There are so many great options for gift wrap. Every year I promise myself I’ll keep it simple and use butcher paper and twine with fresh greens and homemade tags. I have yet to actually put that thought into action. Some of the ideas provided below have been in my file for a couple of years now.
Many of you have undoubtedly already wrapped your presents and have them artfully arranged under the tree, I hate you…not really. I usually would have mine wrapped as well, but that extra week really threw me off. I know, it should have been to my advantage but it was the week of our son’s wedding and I think I abused the extra time.
Here are some inspirational images, if you haven’t wrapped already, and a couple of sites that give you some valuable information for this final push to the magic that is Christmas.
I love the idea (below) of wrapping presents in interesting papers other than standard wrap. Little maps, foreign newsprint, art paper, let your imagination run wild.
I’ve got to hand it to Martha, she/her talented team come up with some clever ways to wrap any present.
The packages below are from an older MS tutorial [the link will take you the tutorial] where you can print out some of the graphics shown below, print them on paper and wrap. Very pretty, don’t you think?
If you prefer the lush, large, beautiful bows on your packages visit my friend Victoria over at Victoria Elizabeth Barnes. She gives you a tutorial on bow making that is not only informational but hilarious. I guarantee you a laugh at her clever descriptions of each step, and who can’t delight in some comedy relief this time of year?!
Heather Bullard has some creative tips for holiday gift tags. I imagine you would need to make the fresh tag later in the season so that it wouldn’t be dried out by the time you delivered it but for a hostess gift this would be a gift to add to the gift.
I like the idea of an ornament or some kind of tie-on present on top of the package. One year Pottery Barn wrapped their gifts with an old fashioned key attached to the ribbon. Williams Sonoma used a small copper pineapple mold to enhance each package. There are cute things at Michael’s that will enhance a package and maybe hold inside meaning for the recipient.
Then there are boxes that need no wrap. Not that I’ve ever received a HERMÉS anything, but I have received Jo Malone gifts and they have a similar box. They are beautiful in their own right and need no paper.
Are you wrapped and ready. Do you enjoy this part of the season or do you have your gifts wrapped, where possible, at the store? I have always enjoyed this part of the process and used to be the go-to girl for my family where wrapping is concerned. Do you use double sided tape? I confess, I’ve not been using it but maybe I’ll get some this year.