by Tash Hughes of Save Time
ideas to help you create
beautifully presented gifts!
you have ever seen young children with a gift, you will know that it is not only
the gift that receives attention and is appreciated – the wrapping and
presentation can also be part of the experience.
Picture the weddings and parties you’ve been to and seen a pile of
beautiful gifts. The look of that pile and the anticipation add to the festive
air of the occasion.
So what are some tips about wrapping the
carefully selected item(s) as a beautiful gift?
How can you make
each present stand out to extend the enjoyment of giving?
- Instead of paper, gifts can be wrapped in
pretty tea-towels, a handkerchief, a scarf, a colourful tablecloth, etc.
Such wrappings lend themselves to a great big ribbon and bow to hold it all
- Children’s artwork, especially paintings, makes great wrapping
paper that people appreciate receiving. It also gives the child pride in their
work and an enjoyment from the giving of gifts.
- Wrapping paper can be made at home from butcher’s paper of a roll
of brown paper. Use stamps (commercial ones or make your own from
potatoes,) brushes, stencils or rollers with paint and glitter. Alternatively,
decorate plain shopping bags and boxes in the same way.
- Pressed flowers, glitter, ribbon, pencil shavings, and many other
little pieces can be used to make beautiful wrapping paper. Arrange the items on
a sheet of waxed kitchen paper and place a second sheet over the top. Cover with
a tea-towel and iron until the pieces of paper are fused
- Using sticky tape that peels off easily rather than the fancy Christmas
tape can make gifts easier to undo without ripping the paper. More and more
people are reusing gift wrappings as this is very environmentally
some left over material to sew up simple bags for gifts to go into. Add a
drawstring or ribbon and the bag will be useful beyond holding the
- A paper doily over a coloured piece of paper wrapped around a gift
will give an elegant feel to it.
- Instead of wrapping the gift, place it in a related object for
presentation. For instance, put some gardening tools in a large terracotta pot
or a cook book and utensils in a large saucepan. Depending on the arrangement,
this may be enough or the whole thing can be wrapped in cellophane for a festive
- Small gifts can be placed in a small decorative box
a barrette or hair clip as an alternative for doing up a
giving home-made biscuits or cakes, present in them a reusable kitchen
container with a bow on top
- Wrap a gift in plain paper (brown or white) and add something special
like a bunch of dried or silk flowers, a toy animal, bag of bath salts, a
lollipop or three, some
ivy or a special gift tag. If the added extra relates to the enclosed gift, all
- Be creative - make a display of the gift
instead of wrapping it. For instance, fill a vase with colourful fruit or
marbles and water. Present it complete with a bunch of flowers,
- Consider something different for tying the present – maybe braid,
linked chain or a string of pearls or beads.
previously scrunched kitchen foil to wrap the gift and add some bright
coloured ribbons or bows for a shiny present.
- Take a big sheet of paper and write all over it – either make it a letter
or message to the recipient, or just randomly add letters and words for an arty
Cards can be special too
birthday or special occasion cards can be cut up to make gift tags and postcard
style cards for this year
photo (real or printed) on the front of a card is a personal touch likely to be
kept long term.
- Thick card can be cut and folded into card format for children to
decorate as special cards. Of course, adults too can decorate cards with pens,
paints, stickers, pictures, cut-outs, etc.
- Use a luggage tag as a gift tag – this can then be used
again. Particularly good for soon-to-be-travellers!
Hughes is a professional
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