Half the joy of gift giving for me is in the wrapping, I love that the present giving starts with when the receiver claps their eyes on my gift. I’m by no means a ninja wrapper, my tape isn’t always straight and my corners could do with sharpening but I always put love into my gift wrapping.
Each Christmas I go with a colour theme and its NEVER traditional Christmas colours as my mister is red/green colour blind. For him traditional christmas colours just look browny grey…bleh! We always have colour and lots of it, sometimes pastel mostly bold and hot pink always features (did I tell you I have no daughters LOL). Seeing gifts wrapped in a theme en masse under a tree has impact, I just love it!
This year I went with a never fail favourite using brown paper, my theme started with the tags. I found these tags made by a local Adelaide artist Rhi Creative and just had to grab some ( I need more!). I’m such a fan of neon, can’t help it, neon featured heavily in my teenage years and supporting local artists is just so good for the economy.
It’s not necessary to spend a gazillion dollars on gift wrap, most of my goodies came from TYPO with a few things like cellophane and brown paper from the reject shop. This year I had some fun with ‘washi tape’, I have no idea why they call it that but I like it. This tape is removable so if you stuff up you can lift and re stick! I also stumbled on some crazy animal print sticky tape from K mart ($2 per roll!) which is great for covering seams on wrapping and I know the little girls who will be opening these gifts will go cray cray for it.
Sometimes we want to give a token gift (like to your hairdresser or barista) and a tub of chocolates is always great but this year I added a rolled up funky tea towel tied with jute. They can use them in the kitchen or frame them as wall art, it just takes a basic present up a notch and doesn’t break the budget.
There you have it, I’ve made a start on the Christmas gifts, it feels good and I know it will keep the anxiety monster at bay in a few weeks when life is crazy hectic. Don’t over think your wrapping theme, just choose a few colours and go for it. The intention is far more important than perfection, I know I’d far prefer a gift wrapped with personality and love than perfect corners.
What’s your favourite Christmas wrap colour combo?