Be inspired to up the wrapping ante this year with these quirky designs
Presents have never looked so delicious and as the wrapping phenomenon spreads, what better time to perfect your sellotape skills than this Christmas?
Entire shops now stand full of wrapping paper and gift bags whilst every major department store has a gift wrapping station as they recognise the desire to unwrap a box that gets you excited before you’ve even got to the goods.
These perfect Pinterest designs show a range of ways to coat your presents in beautiful materials and serve as festive decorations under the tree this year…
Dream of a white Christmas
Poppy – Luisa Smalley, Pinterest.
Take inspiration from these parcels and double up white wrapping paper with white ribbon. The cheeky nametags offer the only pop of colour and the bold, black slogans can easily be written in red, green, gold or any colour that matches your scheme.
Create a theme
Create a uniform theme that runs across all your gifts, like these feather-shaped cut outs. The consistent shape allows you to wrap the presents in any old mismatched wrap, including newspaper, but still look smart and matchey.
Be bowled over by a bow
If you don’t know how to get your loops equal and your ribbon ends seem to fray every time, then opt for a simple bow tie. These already tied decorations are an innovative way to dress your parcel, quite literally.
Make great gift tags
Ignore the packs of shiny, garish tags this year and opt for something special. On plain parchment wrapping hang homemade name tags, personalised ones of festive shapes like this Argyll jumpers for something a little different but easy.
Get green fingered with shrubbery
Everyone loves to bring the outdoors inside at Christmas – the tree, wreaths and mantelpiece garlands, so introduce it to your present wrapping, too. These conifer leaves and Christmas berries look beautiful under a red ribbon tie
Dress up parchment
Parchment paper has become increasingly fashionable as a Christmas wrap due to its muted colour that allows ribbon and tags to stand out. The strips of tartan and lace dress up the industrial looking paper and transforms boxes into inviting presents.
Bag it up
Avoid the usual wrapping paper and paper gift bags in favour of cellophane pockets, oversized envelopes or miniature hessian sacks. The alternative bags are available online and will get people smiling before they’ve even opened the present.
Get creative with drawings
By wrapping your presents in simple black or white paper you can doodle over them to create a beautiful parcel without the hassle of tying ribbons. Like these presents, get a pen and draw tags, festive memorabilia and mock bows.
Create a sweet gift
Gift a little treat before the present has even been opened by tying sweets to the exterior wrap. They match the colour scheme, add a Christmassy flair and add to the design. These are also great to entertain fidgety kids on Christmas Day.