Besides the fact that I live around the corner from The Paper Place (making it more convenient than my local grocery store), I love shopping here because the selection of papers is so extensive and there are always treasures to discover. As a gift wrapping expert and paper addict, having such a great supplier makes creating stunning gifts so much easier.
When putting together a pretty package, choosing the materials is 90 percent of the battle – and the funnest part. And boy did I have fun selecting papers and embellishments for these three seasonal looks. I hope they inspire you to get creative with your holiday wrapping this year.
Being a carpenter’s daughter, I’ve always had a fondness for wood. A few year’s ago I was delighted to find wooden gift tags, and the options of shapes just keep expanding. This reindeer tag/ornament was the starting point for this gift.
I chose an Italian floral paper and flax-coloured linen ribbon to pick up on the colours of the wood. The gold linen ribbon adds a little shine, and combined with the reindeer shape, makes the paper more seasonal, proving you don’t have to limit yourself to “holiday” wrap.
In the end I decided not to write To/From on the tag, leaving it blank instead — more as a decoration. The reindeer is just too nice to be ruined with writing.
What I Used:
• Italian paper, $4.00/sheet
• Linen ribbon in flax, $1.50 per metre
• Linen ribbon in gold, $1.50 per metre
• Wooden reindeer tag/ornament, $1.50
One of my favourite tricks for dressing up holiday packages is to add a tree ornament as a gift topper. You can pick up a set of inexpensive decorations, or make the ornament part of the gift by choosing a special one like this unglazed porcelain acorn. (I’m totally in love with unglazed porcelain right now.)
The acorn’s snowy colour inspired my choice of wrap: a Japanese decorative paper called Zen that reminds me of frost, or of skating marks on an icy pond. People often ask where I find such unique gift wrap. My secret is that I don’t always use standard wrap, instead choosing decorative papers that aren’t specifically intended for wrapping presents. Many of these papers are of comparable price to sheet wrap, making them no more expensive to use.
To add some colour, I went with lace ribbon in icy blue, then added a punch of red – what I think of as a very Martha Stewart colour combo.
What I Used:
• Zen paper, $3/sheet
• Lace ribbon, $1.50 per metre
• Red cord, $1.00 per metre
• Porcelain acorn tree ornament, $5.95
This one is for all you traditionalists out there who like to stick to a green and red colour scheme.
The Paper Place has a selection of cute little goodie bags this year, in stripes, zig-zags and these polka-dot ones. Bags make wrapping presents super easy — it just takes a second to pop the gift inside.
For a gift tag, I slid a small note into a green mini envelope, then attached it to the bag with an adorable elf paper clip. So fun!
What I Used:
• Polka-dot bag, $7.95 per package of 10
• Mini envelope, $0.32/each
• D-Clips Christmas edition, $9.95 per package of 15
Corinna vanGerwen knows gift wrapping. A former design editor with a fine arts degree, Corinna writes articles about gift wrapping for some of Canada’s leading national magazines, including Canadian Living, Style at Home and Best Health. Visit her website at corinnavangerwen.com for more about her gift wrapping services and workshops, and to read her blog Corinna Wraps.