AND THAT’S A WRAP

Want innovative ways to wrap your gifts in magic? Here are some ideas to deliver extra smiles.

Gone are the days of having reams of sticky tape stuck to the edge of the coffee table and trying to slide your scissors through creased foil wrapping paper. There’s no-one better to help you with original cards and wrapping than the UK’s independent businesses (trust me, I’ve become quite the pro).

Having worked with a team of WMTHs (World’s Most Thoughtful Humans), I’ve come to realise that wrapping is to presents what plating up is to dinners: the lovelier it looks, the more memorable it becomes. And the best bit? You don’t even need to faff about with twine or twig any more either. 

Ho Ho Ho Bags

First things first, forget those run-of-the-mill cardboard gift bags and deliver your gifts in something lovely and reusable instead, like one of these beauties from The Jacksons. It’s a collaboration between Louise Jackson and traditional artisan craft workers in Southwest Bangladesh to support their independence, and are surely a ‘must-purchase’ for every Mrs Claus out there…

Furoshiki gift wraps

With us all becoming more sustainably-minded, no wonder everyone’s suddenly so into Furoshiki gift wraps (the traditional Japanese way to wrap gifts), rather than single use wrapping paper. These ones by Pri Pri are upcycled from used sari fabric, sustainable and ethically handsewn by women in India to help upskill them. So beautiful and a joy to use.

La Basketry

Why not add a special bauble gift to the wrap too? I’ve tied La Basketry ones to mine as an extra treat. 

Now onto cards. I’ve always had a thing for Miss Bespoke Papercuts. Aimee makes the most beautiful personalised papercut illustrations to help show loved ones they’re loved.

Card

And finally, this is the card we commissioned Molly the Happy Rainbow to make us last year. Why’s this extra special? Because as well as it being incredible, Molly is just 11!

There are so, so many ways to make your cards and wrapping memorable and raise as much of a smile as the gift itself. As long as you think about who it’s going to, and celebrate their nicheness, then you’re onto a winner. That’s also true of the gifts of course which is why I created my gift guides. From vegetable lovers like me (see the Holly loves… vegetables gift guide), or the Frida Fans out there (visit the Holly loves… Frida guide), to inspiration for the women in your life, men in your life or the marvellous minis, you’ll find something unique for everyone.

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