So, you have all the presents. You’ve found the perfect pair of socks for your funny uncle, your mum’s favourite perfume, that book for dad, the rare vinyls for the husband, and a whole wardrobe full of toys for the kids. Phew, time to breathe. And then you remember that it all needs wrapping! So, there’s no other way: it’s time to pour yourself a cup of tea (or possibly a whole pot) and get to work.
First things first. Every year I like to decide on a theme for my wrapping and coordinate all presents. It might sound a little over the top, but I like how they look under the tree. I also like to make each present special by adding little touches that in turn, might make the recipient even happier to receive their gift.
I make my decisions based on colours, textures or simply on a mood. So, following from that, the themes I’ve chosen for this year include a little of everything and tie in nicely with some of the 2013 Christmas Trends Kimberly identified, if you’re interested in the whole look, including the tree and decorations. I hope they inspire you to create your own unique look if you haven’t yet decided what that look will be!
The themes are:
Classic Black & White
All That Glitters
“I don’t like Christmas!” (because we all know at least one person like that)
The wrapping papers, ribbons and decorations I’ve used are from Paperchase, John Lewis, Ikea and Sainsbury’s. Not all of them are ‘this year’s collection’, but this is designed to give you ideas, and there are an awful lot of choices out there to fit every theme.
Classic Black & White
There really is nothing that says understated chic like the combination of black and white. From plain papers to beautiful patterns, as long as they’re all kept in these two colours, the effect will be striking.
Add some lace or feathers for a bit of a boudoir feel.
For a very classic look, use wide satin ribbons and tie them into a simple bow.
A beautiful black and white photo added to the understated wrapping makes the gift more personal. These presents will look fantastic under a monochrome tree and against white walls.
Think of classic winter patterns, reindeer, folk art, reds and whites.
Think about Scandinavian homes, the natural elements and the pared back and friendly decor.
If you’re going for a Nordic Christmas scheme, this look works perfectly.
Grosgrain ribbon is perfect and some red raffia adds the understated touch. The patterns are folksy and pretty, and very suitable if children are some of the lucky recipients. Decorations made from straw add great finishing touches.
All That Glitters
Yes, silver and gold. A little bit glamorous, a little bit over the top and definitely one for grown ups.
If you really want to impress, get some fashion jewellery and add a bit of sparkle to the presents. It doesn’t (obviously) have to be expensive, but it will really add the wow factor and ties in beautifully with a vintage luxe feel.
Does exactly what it says. Brown parcel paper and simple parcel string are the obvious staples for this one.
Cinnamon sticks and dried orange slices work perfectly and have the added bonus of giving off a lovely scent.
Miniature Christmas crackers are a nice way to decorate the presents and so are ornaments made from natural materials like clay.
If you can find some old sheet music in second hand shops, then think about using those to add a vintage touch to the natural look.
“I don’t like Christmas!”
Yes, we probably all know someone who doesn’t. The ones that give a slight roll of the eyes ready every time Christmas is even mentioned. While we’ll probably never be able to ‘turn’ them, we can still attempt to make it a joyous occasion for them.
The obvious choice is to avoid any direct references to Christmas but still sneaking in some friendly little touches.
Colours which are coordinated but not too bright work well and small touches like cotton ribbons, twigs and decorative berries add just enough festive spirit without making your ‘bah humbug’ friend run screaming out of the room.
So, I hope these will help to inspire you and give you some ideas! Now I’m just curious to know: which one would be your favourite?