Shaynna Blaze shares her tips on how to make your Christmas gift wrap stand out from the crowd.
If you’re bored with the range of Christmas gift wrap in the shops, and want something more personal, then a little thought and creativity can go a long way.
1. Nature and Twine
For a natural and rustic look that is quintessentially Christmas, decorate a plain wrapped present with a sprig off a pine tree and a pinecone or gumnut tied together with some twine. Ideally use the real thing, plastic just isn’t the same. For a little more glamorous look, spray paint the cones silver or gold or a bright glossy red.
2. Flower Power
While not typically Christmas, you can’t go past the simplicity and beauty of fresh flowers. Stick to a plain craft paper and a simple ribbon so the flowers are the real stars. Try and match a person’s present with their favourite flower.
3. Layered Wrap
Nice Christmas wrapping can be expensive, so this is a way to make it go further. Wrap the present in plain craft paper or a plain block colour and then layer with a strip of a luxury patterned, metallic or embossed paper and tie with a fabric (not plastic) ribbon. You can also add a little ornament, or personalise with cardboard cut out letters for each person’s initials.
For something that feels as good as it looks, go to your local Spotlight or haberdashery store and pick up some cheap fabric remnants. Avoid the kitsch Christmas patterned fabrics with Santa and snowmen, and instead go for a simple patterned fabric for a delicate look (grandma will love this one) or a bold coloured pattern or stripe for more impact (maybe for a teenager).
Just like fabric remnants, you can pick up discounted samples or discontinued lines from wallpaper suppliers. The thickness, texture and embossed patterns of wallpaper make for a luxurious giftwrap. Alternatively, cut out the embossed pattern from the wallpaper and stick it on plain wrapping paper in a solid colour. Dark green or red are obvious choices, while black, silver or gold paper will add some glamour.
6. Sheet music
You can’t go past the simplicity of sheet music as an alternative to the usual gift wrap. Pick your favourite Christmas carol music or rummage through old stock in a music store to find some ‘vintage’ looking paper and top off with a simple ribbon and little bell.