Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Tis The Season... To Be Wrapping

Like the almighty brussel sprout, gift-wrapping is one of those things that completely divides people at Christmas. I recognise that for some it can be a chore, especially if you have a lot to wrap up but, personally, I love it all! I love picking out the paper, the gift tags, twine and ribbons. I love being alone in the house and being able to spread out everyone’s unwrapped presents, deciding who would suit what paper. I love listening to festive music, or popping on a Christmas film while I work on making everything look pretty. It has become a welcome tradition to litter the living room with paper cut-outs and Quality Street wrappers, and pack the finished products carefully into Christmas bags ready to deliver or lay them out under the tree for the family. To me, it’s an occasion - one that I cannot be without.

Whenever I think about “the art of gift-wrapping” it always reminds me of that infamous scene in Love Actually, where Rowan Atkinson dilly-dallies over wrapping up a gold heart necklace for Alan Rickman’s character. But don’t worry, there will be no clear plastic bags sprinkled with roses and sprigs of lavender, nothing tied up with cinnamon sticks, nothing dipped in yogurt and covered in chocolate buttons… When it comes to gift wrap, I thrive on simplicity (tis but the work of a moment). This year I’m embracing the humble brown paper and twine, and there are so many ideas on Pinterest on how to make your gift wrap into something amazing.
Brown paper is one of my favourite options for gift wrap. It can be found in most supermarkets and craft shops. I got mine so, so cheap from a local odds-and-ends shop in my village and it has a lovely grained effect on it. I think brown paper is pretty timeless, and can be used on its own with simple ribbon, or jazzed up with your own patterning. I like the idea of silver polka dots or hearts all over - it's definitely something you can do with the children, Mamas! Paired with simple household string, Christmas twine, or a colourful ribbon and you've got yourself fetching, cost-effective gift wrap.

I was very adamant about having red and white involved this year as well. I bought this gorgeous Emma Bridgewater Christmas Town gift wrap from Amazon, which I think looks great contrasted with white satin ribbon. I've also turned to notonthehighstreet.com for all my other gift-wrapping needs - the sellers on there are brilliant for fast dispatches and delivery. The snowflake and reindeer gift tags are handmade from Yatris Home and Gift; the satin ribbons are from Sophia Victoria Joy (and extra from my local bookshop, of all places!); and finally the red grosgrain stitched edge ribbon and Christmas twine were both from Peach Blossom.
I can't be the only one who loves wrapping up presents? I hope my ideas give you a little bit of inspiration!
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  1. I love the gift wrapping as well. I have everything prepared to be done in the next few days as I have some time off. Your gifts looks lovely!

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  2. I love wrapping presents, is it weird that it's one of my favourite things to do? hahah this year I went for the silver and white colour scheme and I am so proud of my presents, they look so pretty and festive!! x

    www.rawrbows.blogspot.com

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    1. Not weird at all - I love it! Sounds lovely - silver, white and gold is our table theme this year, such a great combination! Xx

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  3. I must admit that I am also a fan of wrapping presents but mine look no where near as nice as yours! Gorgeous choice of paper!

    Tabby
    www.ofthesaints.uk

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  4. Such cute wrapping paper, I wish I could wrap as neatly as you!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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    1. Believe me, they're not neat at all! Just clever angles, haha! Xx

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  5. You wrap beautifully! I've been browsing wrapping so much on Pinterest lately, I don't know why but I love it so much haha.

    Catherine xx
    www.youwishyou.com

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    1. Thank you Catherine! Pinterest is fabulous for any kind of inspiration. I find myself on there every day now! Xx

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  6. You have the qualities to be an elf, just sayin' ... I love your choice of paper, it looks gorgeous.

    Love, Summer.
    www.lifeassummer.com

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  7. Your wrapping is lovely and the photos are gorgeous! Am following xx

    Cream Tea And Rose Jam

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  8. I enjoy wrapping everyone's presents but your skill puts mine to shame! Everything looks lovely :) xx

    Toasty

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  9. This is such a great post :-) I absolutely love wrapping presents! Also that scene from Love Actually is one of my favourites!

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    1. Christmas isn't Christmas without Love Actually! Xx

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  10. I love wrapping to begin with then I get a bit fed up of it haha. Your wrapping is fab, it looks like it has come out of an advert! Think I will do brown paper wrap next year :-) xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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    1. I feel you. If you have tonnes to wrap it can be a bit tedious! Thank you lovely, brown paper is the way to go! Xx

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  11. I love wrapping gifts too as long as they're square shaped haha! Hate when it gets to something awkward like a mug. I'm doing brown paper presents this year, need to get the ribbon and tags though! x

    Josie’s Journal

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    1. Oh god same! I actually bought a mug as one present and had to pack it into a box before I could wrap it, haha! Xx

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  12. I love that wrapping paper! It's so classic christmas. I wish I enjoyed gift wrapping because I love the way it looks, but I'm not very good at it! xo

    EsraSevgi.com

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    1. It's gorgeous isn't it! Love Emma Bridgewater designs! Xx

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  13. This wrapping is beautifully done! Great job, I'm a useless wrapper! :)

    www.lifeaslissy.com

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  14. The idea of gift wrapping is appealing but the actual reality of it is a nightmare for me. I always somehow sellotape myself to the present or make random holes that then have to be covered up with strategically placed bows. Wrapping is not my forte!

    Raise The Waves

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    1. Oh it never turns as well as you imagine it, honestly! Xx

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