Today’s post was inspired by a customer we had recently who asked for more pictures of the little sweet box we sell. After sending the photographs to her, we thought that other potential customers might also like to see in more detail what our packages actually look like when they are wrapped, and how they arrive on the doorstep of the recipient’s (or their) home. So here we go…
Our Vintage-Style Gift Wrapping in 7 Easy Steps
The gifts we sell at The Paper Package, whether they’re single items, gift baskets, gift boxes, Christmas hampers or anything else, are all presented in what we like to call our “signature vintage-style”. But what exactly does that mean? Well, this is the way we usually go about wrapping our gifts…
[Please excuse the terrible exposure of these photographs – the light was very bad when I took them – and I’m not a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination :)]
So, using one of our little “Sweet Boxes” for an example, the first thing we have to do is to get the gift box and the contents together…
The Sweet Box is quite a small gift, but we cram it full with as much yumminess as we can. There’s 3 bars of fresh fudge (Chocolate, Russian & Irish Creme), 2 Lindt bon bons, half a dozen handmade chocolate hearts, a bag of old-fashioned butterscotch sweets and 3 delicious lemon melting moments. Good stuff! And it all has to fit inside the box. But first…
We have to line the box with some lovely crisp white tissue. Then all the items are placed inside as attractively as possible…
Then the tissue is folded over and the contents are sealed with either a vintage-inspired sticker or some decorative Japanese washi tape.
Then once everything is all secure inside, the box is tied with either string or ribbon in a simple bow.
Then we usually hand write the customer’s message onto the gift tag… and secure this to the outside of the box also.
In step five the gift box is covered again in some white tissue before being carefully wrapped in old-fashioned brown paper or its more modern equivalent, Kraft paper. The resulting paper package is then either tied with plain string, vintage seam binding or lovely satin or grosgrain ribbon. It is also hand decorated with vintage images and/or stamps so that it gives the feel of a nostalgic “brown paper package tied up with string” (a la The Sound of Music)
In this step we wrap the paper package again with bubble wrap to protect it on its travels, and then secure this with a little hand made card.
The final step is usually to put the package inside a courier trackpack. We use trackpacks to save costs, which allows us to offer an option of free shipping to all our customers. In some cases (generally the larger gift boxes or multiple orders) we will use brown cardboard boxes or brown wrapping paper and string.
The majority of our gifts are couriered with CourierPost, which reaches all rural addresses, urban & CBD addresses, PO Boxes and Private Bags.
So that’s it… how we wrap!
Next post… we’ll be back into our Christmas Gift Guide 2011 (there’s only 60 sleeps to go!!)
If you’re interested, we also have a pinterest board that features some of the images/blogs that have inspired our gift wrapping style: