12 Christmas gift wrapping essentials
1 Wrap with a wink
Sometimes a simple, sassy black and white tag is the perfect final touch to a beautifully wrapped gift. Designed by Toronto-based Ashleigh Schouwerwou, these holiday tags are the perfect mix of smart and stylish. By Paper Society Co., from Etsy, Pack of 8 tags, $8.
2 DIY holiday
Get crafty this Christmas with chic rubber stamps from Penny Paper Co. Create a holiday craft by making your own gift tag or stamp white craft paper with a holiday motif for a pretty pressie with a personal touch. Penny Paper Co., $25.
3 Cute customizable cards
Add the perfect, personalized message to your festive Etsy holiday cards this Christmas. This ‘Dreaming of a White Christmas’ card is printed using all natural soy-based organic ink and can be customized to the colour of your choice. NVCreative on Etsy, $1 per card.
4 Tape it up
Need to wrap a gift in a pinch? Skip the ribbon and get a cool modern look with this holiday mailing tape – your recipient will never know it took you less than a minute to wrap! Dawanda, $10.
5 Adorn with an ornament
Give twice the joy by adorning your gift with a pretty Christmas ornament like this porcelain Santa. Attach to a bottle of wine or a box of baked goods as a gift for the holiday hostess that can be hung from the tree afterwards. West Elm, $6 each.
6 2-in-1 ribbon
Can’t decide between holiday classics red and green? No need to choose with this reversible ribbon from Crate and Barrel, perfect for adding a multi-coloured twist to any pretty parcel. Also available in a classic candy cane red and white stripe. Crate and Barrel, $9 per spool.
7 Go for custom cards
Make your present personal with a hand-painted illustrated card, designed by Rifle Paper Co.’s founder, Anna Bond. These vintage Christmas cards with custom illustrations (of you!) are a cool retro alternative to photo cards, perfect for attaching to the front of a gift for your significant other. Rifle Paper Co., Prices vary.
8 Tie it up in twine
Baker’s twine isn’t just for wrapping up yummy sugar cookies or tasty truffles. Tie around a present wrapped in craft paper for a simple but sweet design. WhoaNelliePress on Etsy, $15 per spool.
9 Keep small gifts simple
Keep a stash of muslin bags on hand to give small gifts a chic French Country look. You can use the bags to wrap up parting gifts at your holiday party or fill with candy and attach to another gift. PaperMoonByKAT on Etsy, $10 per set of 10.
10 Merry mailing
Sending a present to overseas family and friends doesn’t mean you have to opt out of beautiful holiday gift wrapping. This free printable Air Mail postcard from Eat Drink Chic is an easy way to add a bit of style to a simple package.
11 Give a seasonal snap
Photo cards are a great way to keep loved ones up-to-date with your growing family. Have a professional take a photo of the kids and attach these super stylish photo cards to the front of your family holiday gifts this year. Minted, from $64 for 25. 12 Box up your baked goods
Gifting delicious Christmas treats is a great way to keep your costs down during the holidays, and now you can make your packaged treats look luxe for a fraction of the cost of professional gift wrapping. Simply purchase the PDF for these sweet gable boxes, allowing you to print off as many as you’d like. Nothing2Something on Etsy, $5 for a PDF.