Itís often an overlooked part of the Christmas process though, with a few rolls of nondescript paper being added as an afterthought in the check out queue.
Make your Christmas gifts unique this year, by adding beautiful wrapping. You will find that the wrapping process becomes something to enjoy in itself and your gift recipient will be delighted. It neednít cost the earth and can in fact, cost less than the nondescript rolls you have forsaken.
Use a colour theme to make all your presents stand out from the crowd. The classic Christmas colours of red and gold are always a beautiful combination, but donít be afraid to try something a little different. Dark blue paper, trimmed with a red or silver ribbon looks very stylish, or use different shades of the same colour for wrapping and bows. If your Christmas tree has a colour theme, use wrapping paper and ribbons to tie in with it, for a stunning centrepiece in the room.
A natural look
For a natural look, a great idea is to buy some cheap plain brown wrapping from the post office or stationery shop and wrap gifts in it. Use natural or coloured twine to tie up the parcel and then dress the outside of the gifts with beautiful sprigs of greenery, dried berries or dried flowers and you will have a fantastic and very seasonally wrapped present. Handmade wrapping paper can be bought by the sheet and can give a very classy look to presents, especially when tied with coordinating handmade string. If you like, it can be jazzed up a bit by using a stencil to apply motifs. The secret is to use a very simple stencil Ė for example a holly leaf or star and apply it using a colour in a shade darker than the paper you are using, or a shade that will match the ribbon or strings.
Top Wrapping Tips
Buy colourful lengths of fabric ribbon from a haberdashery to tie up presents.
Use a box for awkward shaped gifts, it look much smarter when wrapped.
Collect pretty twigs and greenery to add for a natural look.
Stick on dried flowers and berries to add natural colour.
Choose a colour theme and wrap all your gifts in this theme.
Buy some dried popcorn kernels and pop them yourself for a very cheap padding for fragile gifts.
Add a few flakes of natural pot pourri in a lace or muslin sachet to make your gift smell lovely.
To decide how much wrapping paper you need for a present, wrap garden twine or wool around it and then use this to measure the paper out for cutting.
Donít be afraid to use fabric wrapping Ė fancy pillowslips can be used very effectively for odd shaped items, tie the top with coordinating ribbons to create a Christmas sack.
Donít be mean with ribbons and bows, these are what make your gifts look special.