Gorgeous gift wrap for your holiday gifts this season.
No matter who is on your list…and what your gifts to give may be, the gift wrap on the outside sets the excitement and tone for what lies ahead inside.
Today I am sharing the 7 hot trends in gift wrap:
1. Decorative boxes – these make great gift wrap a snap! You don’t need expensive wrapping paper or tape, you just place your gift inside with tissue paper, add ribbon and a tag, and voila – fabulous in under a minute. These are also a green wrapping trend – as the box is recyclable for many other uses like storage, the next holiday gift wrap and more. Gorgeous boxes of every shape, size and style are available at A Perfect Event.
Don’t have time to find pretty gift boxes?
2. Department and Specialty store boxes – this is even faster and easier gift wrap, because the box comes with the gift! I always ask for gift boxes at stores and boutiques, so you don’t need to find a box to fit the gift later. Many also provide tissue, ribbon, even the gift card. How easy is that? My favorites are from Kate Spade, H and M, Henri Bendel, Takashimaya and Bergdorf Goodman.
3. Hard to wrap gifts – these can be tricky to find boxes or even wrapping paper. Simply add a gorgeous bow – using wide satin ribbon, and making a simple bow with two long tails to cover the height of the gift. My secret is to tuck into the bow something special and pretty. I love to tie the accent theme to the theme of the gift itself. A stuffed animal with this New Mother’s Delivery Bag, vintage teaspoon with gourmet chocolate mix, Pampered Chef coffee clip with Fauchon coffee set, etc.
You can also buy rolls of cellophane, at florist or craft stores, and wrap a large sheet of cellophane around the gift for an elegant finishing touch. Unlike wrapping paper cello can be gathered and tied, so it makes the hard to wrap gift easier to manage.
4. Gift wrap IS the gift – I also love combining the container with the gift inside. A mixing bowl filled with baking tools and treats, a saucepan filled with gourmet gadgets, a children’s beach bucket filled with toys, etc. Again just add cellophane, or a ribbon, and save the paper. Another green tip!
5. The card says it all – My mother is famous for this – she always has tags that give you a hint of what is inside. For a book on Paris, have a tag with the Eiffel Tower and say “for your next trip”, for a favorite CD collection say “I think of you everytime I hear this song…”
It really sets the tone for the gift, and again alludes to what is inside.
6. Green gift wrap – My grandmother is the queen of recycling. Al Gore could use her on his team. Using leftover scraps of fabric, wrap small gifts and just add ribbon. With left over ribbon, wrinkled ribbon, simply iron the wrinkles out with a hot iron. With holiday cards, have the kids make gift tags.
7. Kid’s artwork as wrap – nothing is more special than something homemade, especially by your young family or friends. Have kids make wrapping paper, gift bags, and tags by coloring their favorite holiday scenes onto paper, cardstock, and more. Add ribbon, and an accent, and the gift couldn’t look any sweeter.
Happy wrapping – and merry holidays.