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 http://www.midpac.co.uk 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: http://soresourceful.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/tuesdays-resourceful-little-idea-wrapping-presents-a-christmas-special/ (a teaser pic is below!)