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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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Wrapping up Christmas – Some Creative Ideas to Try

Here are some nice ideas on Pinterest you could do if you want to wrap your Christmas presents with a little creativity!

Follow my Christmas board on Pinterest for more ideas.To make your wrapping that bit different think about how you can change the key components: ribbon, paper, decorations and labels.
Ribbon – You could go a different route and use some fabric fancy ribbons, strips of paper, knitting yarn, lace, felt strips, string or tinsel.string parcel gift wrapping ideas christmas
Christmas wrapping, pom poms, ribbons

Add some interesting ribbons

Paper – Select something other that is not normally used for wrapping such as music paper, white or brown paper, magazines or even fabric!
christmas wrapping paper - chic plain white
Gift packaging for the music lover.

Try using something different as wrapping paper. How about some Christmas carol music manuscript paper

Labels – Instead of just opting for labels from the shops that match the paper why don’t you make something a bit different. Stick on buttons, cut up old Christmas cards, make some from clay or use blackboard paint. The label world is as wide as your label imagination!

Christmas snowman gift tag label

Christmas Crackers - Hand made crackers, wrapping from the studio 2011

Here is a robin cut from an old christmas card and re-used as a gift tag

Decoration and extras – Instead of the normal bows why don’t you attach some bells, sweets, buttons, pine cones, a paper snowflake or a pom pom!
Candy, sweet wrapping

Tie some candy into your ribbon!

 

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Try some contrasting bright fluorescent paper ribbon!

Christmas gift wrapping pom pom ideas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If this is not for you then head to my other Christmas wrapping blog post to see your alternatives!


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Christmas Gift Ideas – From the Boss to the PA!

When working in retail in the City of London I would often get men and women coming in trying to find a gift for their female PA or office assistant. It’s tricky because you want to get something that will mean something (not just a box of chocolates or voucher) but nothing too personal that breaks away from the working relationship you have.

With Christmas coming up my mind began drifting back to this conundrum again! Depending on how well you know the person, I have put together a few ideas to help you pick something!Christmas Gift Ideas

If you know she loves food or drink – a nice hamper from Fortnum Masons could go down a storm. You can get them at various price points and choices of themes i.e. wine lover, champagne and chocolates etc…
Her tipple of choice in the office might be tea. A lovely bone china teacup and saucer to use at home could be perfect. If she loves a glass of bubbles then select a gorgeous pair of champagne saucers.
Perhaps your PA listens to music on the way into the office or can’t be parted from her phone. A smart phone case or a high quality pair of earphones could be just right.
If you want to keep it a work focused gift – select something of great quality and made in leather. For instance I found this nice red leather document holder from DKNY – stylish and practical!! A leather business card holder or a folding leather jotter might be right for the list writer or networker!
Her love of lipsticks might be a well known office fact. Get her something beautiful to keep her beauty products in. A little lipstick case will keep her prized lippy safe (I picked a red leather one from Aspinal of London £45). Choose a small makeup bag in a colour you know she wears – Aspinal gives you a choice of colours for this small leather bag £75.
Staying stylish and warm on the way to and from work is a great theme for a present! Keep it gorgeous with cashmere. The green scarf (£79) and gloves (£35) I chose is from Bora – they have a wide range of colours to choose from! The red leather gloves I picked are from Dents and they have a lovely cashmere lining. My final suggestion is a Mulberry scarf; a popular well known brand and a classic piece.
Finally, if you want to give something that is personalised to your PA – choose something like correspondence cards or a leather social diary to have her name put on. It is a thoughtful gift but still office appropriate!
Other ideas I’ve thought about are lovely high end candles such as Diptyque or Jo Malone. A lovely selection of shower and body creams could be nice to help her unwind. The problem with these ideas is that you need to know what kind of smells she likes or if she has sensitive skin or not!
What have you received as a Christmas gift from your boss and did you think it was appropriate?