How to be a wrap star

Every year, I see articles and pictures in magazines of presents wrapped beautifully with brown paper, red-and-white string, doilies, baubles etc and think, “Right, I’m so going to do that this year”.

Thing is, time and life catch up with me and I end up just buying pretty printed wrapping paper and using that instead.

This Christmas, I’ve tried to find a middle way – a method of wrapping presents that looks classy and luxurious, but that doesn’t take ages, cost loads, or involve any huge amount of skill.

To get the look above, I wrapped my presents in silver-and-white patterned gift wrap  (my paper is from BHS, but you can buy this colourway anywhere); added a silver gift tag (mine are from Poundland!); and then tied on some coloured ribbon (mine’s from but John Lewis or any haberdashery store will do).

If you’re still looking for inspiration, and want to try the more crafty/brown paper approach, there are some AMAZING-looking but simple ideas on this great blog: (a teaser pic is below!)


  1. Jenny Cole
    December 19, 2011 / 9:57 am

    I have a stack of brown paper and unwrapped presents to deal with – now I know what to do with them!!

  2. Angela Cain
    December 19, 2011 / 4:15 pm

    For several years I used tin foil – easily shaped round things, with pretty ribbon. Added bonus for receivers was they could use the foil for their Christmas food stuff!

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