Whether it’s the welcomed solitude that it brings in the midst of what can often be a hectic build up; the sense of accomplishment that comes hand-in-hand with knowing that another item’s ticked off of the ‘to do’ list; or the sheer joy that comes with any opportunity to be creative; wrapping Christmas presents is a ritual to be cherished in my eyes.
Which is why I start planning my Christmas wrapping in November!
With that in mind, I’ve shared some of my favourite ideas below in case you’re on the hunt for some Christmas wrapping ideas too.
Call me a traditionalist but nothing beats plain brown, recycled Kraft paper wrapped beautifully with a classic ribbon of your choice. Which is why I’ve stocked up on these rolls from Amazon this year (they work year-round for birthday presents too!) For me, it’s a design that never gets old and with the right ribbon, can be used for all ages too.
Which leads me on to these beauties! Last year I went for a plain moss green, velvet ribbon which I still love and will use as a contrasting element this year. That being said, in case you hadn’t already noticed (!) I’m going through a black watch tartan phase right now so I’ve stocked up on this beautiful range from Berisfords to steal the show. I tend to order the 25mm width so that I have suitably sized bows for presents of all shapes and sizes but there’s a few sizes to choose from so take your pick.
It’s not just Christmas wrapping paper and ribbon that deserve attention. Beautiful jars for homemade goods deserve a shout out too. I ordered these gingham glass jars for my homemade chutneys which I plan to gift along with Ali’s homemade honey this year.
Want to make your homemade goods that bit more special? Support a local graphic designer or artist by ordering bespoke labels for your homemade goods as well.
I’ve made no secret that I’m a recycled, Kraft brown paper girl myself but that’s not to say that I don’t adore the idea of beautiful printed wrapper too. Every year, Nancy and Betty offer beautifully thick, sustainable paper in classic designs that work year-on-year. I’m a huge fan of their oak leaf and mistletoe sheets this year – I’d love to hear which take your fancy though!
For the presents that you want to make that bit more special, I always stock up on dried oranges and cinnamon sticks which I incorporate into my ribbon bows… And this year will be no different. That being said, as I mentioned in my opening to chapter eleven, I’ll be using dried thistles and birch twigs heavily in this year’s decorations so they might make a surprise appearance on my wrapping too!
And finally, for that extra festive send off that is so simple yet effective, The White Company’s ‘Winter’ fragrance comes into its own year-on-year. One spritz of this on each present goes a long way and makes it that bit more special when it’s finally time to open!