Well, it's nearly Christmas, so this one is for those of us running down to the wire on gift wrapping!
What to get:
- Wrapping paper
- Baker's twine
- Gift tags or stickers
- Bows or flowers
- Rubber stamps and ink
- Tape, either scotch or washi
- Any sort of unique cord or ornament that can be attached. Think outside the (gift) box!
Where to shop:
Your wrapping will only be as good as your materials, so start by looking for quality papers and ribbons. You can certainly find papers at big box stores, but I find I have to search to find a pattern I like. Big box stores can have some good deals on solid ribbons and papers.
There are plenty of places to buy high end papers, though price can add up. The best time to shop is a year early! Yes, December 26 in the morning, go to your local paper or gift store and clean up on discount holiday cards and wrap. It's way more satisfying than Black Friday for the paper lover.
- Paper Place* -- This is a small shop carrying wrapping paper, ribbon by the yard, and cards.
- Studio Slo Mo* -- A small letterpress that produces beautiful cards and gift tags.
- Paper Source -- This is a chain with lots of nice wrapping paper, ribbon, and cards.
- Rockin' Rudy's* -- This is an eccentric record store with an excellent collection of gift wrap and cards.
- Noteworthy Paper and Press* -- A small letterpress studio with a nice collection of paper goods.
- Kikki.k -- This is a Swedish based paper and journal company with a store in Christchurch's Riccarton Mall. They have a very cute, feminine aesthetic. I found a lovely book of Christmas gift stickers last year while visiting the area.
- Rifle Paper -- They make my favorite wrapping paper. I love their painterly illustrations and collections of metallic papers. They also carry fine ribbon that blends well with their paper.
- Waste Not Paper -- This company produces patterned and solid gift wraps. Their solid gift wraps can be a good value, especially if you want to add additional decoration with stamps.
- Cute Tape -- I love using washi tape instead of scotch as a finishing touch on my gift wrapping. This is a fine Japanese masking tape made out of a translucent rice paper. You can find it in all sorts of colors and patterns.
- Spoonflower -- This is a wonderful service that lets you design your own gift wrap, as well as purchase wraps and fabrics from other designers. The gift wraps run about $15 per roll, but the paper is very high quality.
* These are local businesses! Please help them out!
|Gift Wrap from Waste Not Paper and Rifle Paper|
|Japanese Washi Tape|
|Oh Ramona, don't eat that!|
So maybe you're trying to keep costs down or not finding papers you like. I recommend buying a solid or craft paper and decorating it with stamps. Here's a boot and a cat stamp I found from a few months back.
|Ramona always wants to be the center of attention.|
|I love these metallic inks!|
|Making an impression|
|Handmade boots and cats paper|
|The finished result|
|Finishing with washi tape|
|I really like my fabric scissors! Don't touch!|
|I love this green silk ribbon I found at Austin's Paper Place on top of the Rifle gift wrap.|
|If you're wrapping something small, make the bow and label proportionate.|
|Match the ribbon to a color found in the paper.|
|Or go for a contrast.|
|This gift is wrapped with a reused ribbon and a lovely card from Studio Slo Mo.|
|These cute tags are from kikki.k.|
|If there's not room for a bow, add ornament with stamps and washi tape.|
|A little gold ribbon goes a long way!|
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my readers.