Christmas Gift Wrapping

After a frantic couple of weeks wrapping gifts, assembling hampers and printing shipping labels here at The Paper Package, it’s so nice to be able to sit back for a while and browse the internet for fantastic and creative Christmas gift wrapping ideas.

You can never over-emphasise how much the enjoyment of a gift begins right from the moment of receiving it, and how much fun it is to be given a present that has been wrapped with care and creativity.

So heading into the final days before Christmas,  I hope you enjoy some of this inspirational gift wrapping eye-candy…

Natural Style

Adding embellishments to a gift package can be a great idea – and what’s more traditional and festive than red berries, greenery, holly and ivy…

Christmas gift wrapping

Sources – clockwise from top left:

Sweet Paul  :  Decorative Country Living  :  Spread Decor  :  Older and Wisor

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Red and White Stripes

Red and white peppermint stripes are the perfect fun touch for Christmas…

Christmas gift wrapping

Sources – clockwise from top left:

Paper Crave (with free printable “no peeking” gift tag)  :  Country Living  :  Good Housekeeping  :  Elle Decor

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Vintage Post Packages

There’s no denying the nostalgia of Christmas past with these fun takes on the Christmas post…

Christmas gift wrapping

Sources – clockwise from top left:

Lololina  :  Willow89  :  Stylizimo  :  Bugs and Fishes

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Fabric Style

Using lovely scraps and different textures of fabric can be a stylish and original way of decorating gifts…

Christmas gift wrapping

Sources – clockwise from top left:

Older and Wisor  :  Southern Living  :  Pen ‘n Paper Flowers  :  Original Home

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Photo Finish

Finishing off your gift wrapping with a photo or picture is a great way to personalise your present…

Christmas gift wrapping

Sources – clockwise from top left:

Oh Hello Friend  :  A Well Travelled Woman  :  Creature Comforts  :  Older and Wisor

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Paper Packages

As alternatives to the usual printed wrapping paper, these lovely parcels use paper from books or sheet music…

Christmas gift wrapping

Sources – clockwise from top left:

SC Johnson  :  Holly Mathis Interiors  :  100 Layer Cake  :  Source not known (via Pinterest)

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Patterned Perfection

And finally, for a change from the understated plain paper look, these patterned papers are striking & stylish…

Christmas gift wrapping

Sources – clockwise from top left:

Original Home  :  House and Home  :  Mondocherry  :  Jones Design Company (includes printable gift tags)

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This is the last post for The Paper Package Blog for 2011… thanks so much for reading, and we’d like to wish you a very merry Christmas and happy new year!

p.s. Good luck with the gift wrapping and here’s hoping you don’t have to stay up too late wrestling with the sellotape on Christmas Eve! (been there – done that, lol)

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Teacher Gifts

As we roll into the last week or so of primary school for the year, you might be considering giving a small Christmas gift to your child’s teacher(s).

I think it’s a nice idea at the end of the year to let teachers know how much they’re appreciated, and it’s also really nice for your kids to be able to give a present to someone who’s such a big part of their daily life.

With this in mind I did a little internet research to see what kinds of things teachers like to receive, and although it seems this varies widely, some gifts that are sure to be well-appreciated include stationery items (including quality journals or notebooks like the ones at The Paper Package:))…  or a diary for next year… a nice bottle of wine…  a book voucher… a lovely Christmas ornament… or even a gift basket. Realising that these involve a bit of cost however, it could be a good idea to join together with other parents to save the budget a little.

And speaking of cost… it really isn’t necessary to spend much money at all. I am sure any teacher would appreciate a heart-felt thank you card or note – especially if you take the time to specifically mention some of the ways that they have helped your child over the year (rather than just a generic “thanks”). And in our internet hunt we’ve also discovered some cute and creative ideas that don’t cost too much, and that could be fun to make with your kids…

Like this Reindeer Lunchbag idea from Family Fun.go.com. This would be great filled with some nice homemade goodies.

And staying with the theme, this cute Flannel Reindeer from Bumble Bee’s Craft Den is a great way of packaging a nice bar of soap…

Likewise this bag of Reindeer Noses (a.k.a.jaffas) from Craft Fairy also makes a super little gift…

Apples and teachers mix well together, so these simple but effective Candy Apple gifts from Somewhat Simple should make the grade…

Or these sweet looking Apple Cupcakes from Makes and Takes

Or what about these lovely sugar’ n ‘spice Apple Cookies (with free printable tags!) from Mum’s Business

For those of you with active little tackers, these rolls of Dynamite from Jasey’s Crazy Daisy are a bit of a blast…

Or for those with more studious offspring here are a couple of fabulous Wise Owl ideas from Lisa Storms

So cute, what a hoot!

Moving on quickly to more pun-filled fun… how great would these sweet bags & “O-fish-ally the Best”  labels from Eighteen25 be filled with that NZ all-time favourite, Chocolate Fish…

And sticking with the puns, these printable Flower Picks from Skip To My Lou look bloomin’ good!

And who could resist this final idea… it’s PRETTY. I don’t think it really matters what is inside the jar, but Simple As That‘s presentation is so simple and sweet it would melt the heart of Miss Trunchbull!

So thanks to all the teachers out there doing a fantastic job, trying to help all our kids get the eduction and opportunities they deserve!! Enjoy your holidays 🙂