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Christmas Gift Giving – All Wrapped Up

If you struggle every year at Christmas time with wrapping presents. I’ve come up with some ideas for you!

  • Get a gift wrapping Book
  • Go on a wrapping course – one to one, group or corporate
  • Get someone else to do it!!
  • Choose some different and unusual wrapping paper

How about doing a wrapping course? They go on all across the country

Jane Means

Jane is a British ribbon designer and gift wrapping specialist and does courses in London, Glasgow, Hampshire, Manchester and Lincoln.

Eclipse Gift Wrapping (Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan)

Courses and Training

Gift wrapping services

All Occasions Gift Wrap (Wolverhampton)

A range of online, DVD and in-person gift wrapping courses

Creative courses online

Corporate Gift Wrapping Service

More Pretty Things

Gift wrapping courses: (Derbyshire and Yorkshire)

Corporate gift wrapping courses

Get yourself a book on gift wrapping! Books are great for giving you instructions to follow combined with some fab creative ideas.

Gift Wrapping by Lucy Berridge

Gifted Wrapping: Step-by-step Instructions for Stylish and Elegant Wraps for Perfect ‘present’ Ations by Christine Fritsch

Quick & Clever Gift Wraps: Quick and Clever Gift Wraps (Make it in Minutes) by Nicole Steiman

Gift Wrapping: Creative Ideas from Japan by Kunio Ekiguchi

Jane Means recently released a book on gift wrapping:

Get Someone Else To Do It

If you can’t manage wrapping due to a severe lack of wrapping abilities or you just don’t know when you are going to find the time you should get someone else to do.

There are people out there whose job it is to wrap your gifts and take some of the Christmas pressure from you.

Wonder Wrap – Kent

Urban Angels – London

Wrapsody

Thats a Wrap – Greater and North London and Essex

Wrapper Snapper (Pop Up Shop at Old Street Underground from 15th -24th December)

Sue Lacey – Warrington

Don’t forget that most top retailers online and in store will offer a gift wrapping service. Even if they don’t offer one the rest of the year, often they provide a special one at Christmas.

In their Piccadilly store Fortnum and Masons (one of my favorite shops!) does a gift wrapping service:

‘this is priced at £5.00 per item or free for individual items over £100’

Aspinal of London

A few online gift shops offering a wrapping service:

Selfridges

Stylish Life

The Present Finder

Jarrold – Norwich in store and online

Vintage Toys

To help make your gifts look a bit different try getting your wrapping paper from somewhere different this year!

Paperchase: I love paperchase. They seem to come up with such a nice range of different ideas each season. I buy a lot of their wrapping paper!

Not On The Highstreet have a variety of brands who sell various types of unusual, creative and quirky designed paper and wrapping stuff!:

Paper and bags made in India. Pretty range of brightly coloured and patterned designs: Namaste

From chalk board wrap and washi tape to wads of Art Nouveau paper: Pipii

From maps of London to a full skeleton. Different and unusual wrapping paper at the National Gallery.

Jean Means sells a range of nice ribbons, paper, bags, ribbon spools and other lovely bits and pieces for wrapping requirements on her website!

Stylish paper and coordinating ribbons. I like the crafty yet smart range of their items: Cox and Cox

At the Dot Com Gift Shop they stock a huge range of different wrapping papers. From flowers and Paris fashion to Christmas foxes!

See some ideas for wrapping your gifts in different ways here….

Full disclosure: Just to let you know that I’m an Associate of Amazon and if you purchase some of the items on this page via clicking on the pictures I will get a small payment!
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A lovely fragrant education and networking evening!

What a busy week this has been! July seems to be THE TIME for networking in London! On Wednesday I went to a networking evening in Diptyque which I really enjoyed. I met some lovely ladies and had a very interesting evening. Now to be honest, I am a complete novice when it comes to the Diptyque brand and also the candle and fragrance industry. So I was happy to learn and be educated!

The company was first started by three friends and was inspired by their travels. They produced textile prints that they sold to Libertys and various other things. All three were creative but with different skill bases (interior designer, set designer and painter).

The labels for the first candles were all originally done by hand by one of the founders. Their first store was at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain and you can see some pictures and more information on the website. It is still there and I think when I next head to Paris I would like to make a little visit.

The store I was in was very close to South Molton Street, London and was a lovely little boutique. They showed us how the best way to smell the candles they have on display is to tap out the candle on their special table and smell the bottom of the glass! This is because you won’t get as much of the fragrance from just smelling the top of the candle until you burn it.

There were some amazing scents. They have one that smells like daffodils. Now it truely does smell like daffodils, but very concentrated. Which I’m sure when burnt will dissipate and fill the room with a lovely floral scent. It hadn’t occured to me until the store manager pointed it out, that the majority of their candles are a single scent. This means you can almost create your own personal scent by burning a couple of candles at a time. For example, if you love the smell of roses but on it’s own it’s too sweet, perhaps burn a candle with a fresher smell at the same time.

They do also have a range of other fragrances where they are combined.

I also found it interesting that you just burn the candle for a very short time and then blow it out. The scent fills up the room and you don’t burn too much candle. The candles last about 60 hours I believe, so value for money really!!

I have the lovely limited edition candle Joie. To me it is a gorgeous smell; combining roses and lychees (surprising choice?) creates a lovely floral but fresh scent.

This is what Diptque says about the little collection “Diptyque partnered with Minä Perhonen, the famous Japanese designer, to create a limited edition collection of three fragrances: Ciel, Joie, and Infini. Each fragrance is inspired by a poem and is influenced by a mutual love of craftsmanship, motifs, and fabrics”.

Diptyque Candle

Joie: Diptyque limited edition candle

JOY

The poem evokes a summer’s day with flowers that seem to speak to one another, perfectly reflected by the candle’s intermingling floral notes.

fleurs bavardes
Bavardage des fleurs
Sous les rayons du soleil, quel bonheur !
Bavardage des fleurs jusqu’à la tombée de la nuit

ENDLESS

With its use of incense and spices this candle reflects the mysterious nature of memory: the unchartered territory of the mind.

Soulagement
Les souvenirs s’accumulent, aux côtés des senteurs,
Ils trouvent enfin leur place et sommeillent paisiblement,
attendant que l’esprit les libère

SKY
This candle’s nostalgic combination of rice vapor and sweet dew instantly calls forth the poem’s wistful tone. At one with the elements, Minagawa’s words bring the far-away close to home.

Le ciel sait
Je demande au vent de me conter l’histoire de ceux qui vivent au loin,
Et le vent me transmet leurs joies,
Je les sens ainsi plus près de moi.

If you want to find out more check out their facebook page, they make suggestions regarding combinations you can burn together and new products coming out. They also have little travel sets which seem lovely; great gifts, hint hint.