If your family is anything like my family then Christmas Eve brings a last minute dash to wrap those final presents for under the tree. I don’t mind the actual wrapping (really I find it quite therapeutic) but this year I’m trying to find new and unique ways to personalise my family’s presents. I like the idea of giving them a little personality and not just using reams of paper that ends up in the bin. So I’ve been thinking about how best to go about this and have come up with some lovely ways you can add a personal touch to your wrapping paper.
The Holly and the Ivy
If there’s a way of adding a personal touch to your presents that won’t cause lots of extra waste then I’m all for it. Picking some holly or ivy and tucking it into the ribbon adds a lovely little bit extra to your gifts- red berries on brown paper look beautiful too but just make sure they’re not poisonous before you incorporate them into your wrapping! If foliage isn’t all that easy to come by then cut a few sprigs off your Christmas tree and use that instead.
DIY gift tags
Instead of spending extra time (and extra money) on gift tags, I’ve bought myself a little stamp set and I’m going to hand decorate the wrapping paper. Recipients names, little messages or Christmassy pictures will dress up simple brown paper and ensure that no present looks alike.
Wrapped in ribbon
Ribbon is a perfect way to dress up plain paper and make presents all the prettier. Keep ribbon all year round and re-use it at Christmas; a different coloured ribbon for each member of the family and doesn’t cost a penny. Making a dent in that massive ribbon drawer would also be really helpful.
Lots of places sell recycled wrapping paper so it’s much easier to do your bit for the environment this Christmas and still be sure of how to add a personal touch to your wrapping paper. See how I decorated my presents below and shop everything you need.