Whether you’re a ‘brown paper packages tied up with string’ kind of person or end up frantically searching through your odds and ends box on Christmas eve for a piece of wrapping paper big enough to reuse, our handy guide to the best ever Christmas gift wrapping has got your name(tag) on it.
Maximise your gift-giving impact with paper so lovely they won’t want to throw it away, or DIY styles that add a thoughtful, personal touch that’ll give everyone the Christmas warm and fuzzies. With a bit of planning and co-ordination you can make the gifts under your family’s tree look the stylish envy of all your Insta-followers.
Get ready for a gift wrap masterclass!
- If wrapping paper is your bag, there is an amazing choice of designs on Juniqe UK – from illustrative designs to bold abstract colours or botanical prints, there’s something for every taste – and that will stand out from the crowd. Each set has three sheets on high grade silky feel paper that will make your recipient feel utterly spoilt! Other great styles can be found on Etsy, NotOnTheHighStreet and Rifle Paper Co.
- For the more crafty at heart, there are some amazing things you can do with a plain piece of brown kraft paper (cheap from any Post Office/The Works/WHSmith) and different patterned washi tapes. These versatile little beauties double up as a way of sealing your wrap and making it look pretty – add as many patterns and extra embellishments as you dare for a truly unique, personal touch. Like this gorgeous example from online stationery retailer Fox and Star.
- Speaking of embellishments, don’t settle for a shop-bought silver bow. Even the plainest gift wrap can be livened up with some unusual ribbon, twine or other decorations – such as these adorable wooden shapes from Paperchase (RRP £4). Or what about homemade strings of buttons, beads or pom poms?
- Re-use, recycle! If, like us here at UKMums.tv, you have a big ‘bag of bags’ just waiting to be re-used, so why not upcycle them with some of the ideas above? Just remember to remove any tags that might give the game away!
Simple is best – if you have too many presents for too many people and not enough time, why not just wrap everything in bright tissue paper and tie with brown twine and a sprig of foliage or a candy cane rather than a bow? The result is classic and timeless!