They say it’s what inside that counts, but when it comes to presents we’ve got a thing for gorgeous gift wrap. Yes, there are some lovely designs on rolls in the shops, but with a little creativity you’ll have gifts to make their eyes light up before they even open them!
So we’ve a few ideas for festive flourishes here.
Brown paper basics
You can’t beat brown paper for versatility. Splatter paint… hand-drawn labels… let your imagination run festive and get crafty with Sharpies, paint or stickers (a great trick if you’re not confident freehand). Washi tape is another way to make you look like a wrapping whiz. And if you’ve not discovered pleated paper, your recipients could be in for a treat this year.
Just as with interiors, neutral brown creates a great background tone for eye-catching accent colours. Theme it with natural elements or a strict colour scheme. We love grouping gifts by tone to create a gorgeously stylish pile of pressies!
Furoshiki is a traditional wrapping cloth from Japan. Because it’s reusable (who’d want to throw that wrap away!) it’s eco-friendly. Go for a traditional furoshiki wrapping cloth or try your own take on it. Add your own print to a fabric or go quirky by using an item of clothing. There are plenty of tutorials online sharing traditional wrapping techniques too.
Say it with flowers. You can create them with fabric, paper, ribbons or anything else you can think of! Or how about going natural? Pick some seasonal berries and leaves to adorn your gifts. (They look particularly good when you accessorise with twine rather than ribbon.)
Just try to stick to one style and don’t overdo it. If you’re doing natural flora, add tags that have a rustic feel. If there’s a particular colour you like, try different textures in a similar tone to add interest. A single theme will stop your gifts having the aesthetic of that house with a million festive flashing lights on it!
Tags & adornments
Decorations aren’t only for trees. In the shops, keep an eye out for tree decs that’d look great on your gifts. Or make your own. Buttons and bows layered on ribbon can be eye-catching, and remember that ribbon doesn’t have to be central.
All that’s before you even start on the tags… Put your talents to work to create ones that are unique to you. Cross-stitch, print or draw a festive icon on heavy paper or card. Get the kids involved in crafting salt dough labels. You could even recycle last year’s Christmas cards, cutting out interesting shapes. A lovely touch could be reusing the cards you got on the gifts for the person who sent you them!
There are plenty of festive characters to get creative with at Christmas. Consider traditional favourites from Santa to snowmen, reindeer to elves. But don’t ignore wonderful creatures like owls and foxes, bears and penguins. It’s all about simplicity when it comes to character wrapping. So strip your ideas back to the elements that identify a character and take it from there!
Above all, have fun with your wrapping. If the recipient is going to judge you on your gift wrap, they’re not deserving of the gift! But if you enjoy getting crafty, it’s the perfect excuse to put your creativity and imagination into action.
Enjoy the festivities!