How We Gift Wrap

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 :)]

Step One:

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…

Gift Wrapping at The Paper Package

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…

Step Two:

We have to line the box with some lovely crisp white tissue. Then all the items are placed inside as attractively as possible…

Gift Wrapping at The Paper Package

Step Three:

Then the tissue is folded over and the contents are sealed with either a vintage-inspired sticker or some decorative Japanese washi tape.

Gift Wrapping at The Paper Package

Step Four:

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.

Gift Wrapping at The Paper Package

Step Five:

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)

Gift Wrapping at The Paper Package

Step Six:

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.

Gift Wrapping at The Paper Package

Step Seven:

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.

Gift Wrapping at The Paper Package

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!!)

p.s.

If you’re interested, we also have a pinterest board that features some of the images/blogs that have inspired our gift wrapping style:

Vintage-style gift wrapping insiration for www.thepaperpackage.co.nz

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Gift Ideas : Woodland Tales

It’s probably because it’s winter, but we’re really loving woodland themes for gift inspiration & buying decisions this month…

Woodland & Winter Inspired Gift Ideas

We have just had a new arrival of journals and leather gift products arrive from O’Check Design Graphics. I love these products, they’ve got such a great vintage vibe going on… they feel nice as well as looking nice… and they suit the season perfectly.

Added to the website today were these journals…

"Harmony" Library Notebook & O'Check Day Book - Black

These journals make beautiful gifts and really suit vintage-style gift wrapping using tissue, brown paper & twine. They feel like you’re opening up a present from the past!

As well this week we’ve just bought some new “Woodland Tales” knitted toys from Lily & George. These aren’t handmade products, but they kind of feel as though they are with their knitted texture and slightly odd expressions. They haven’t made it onto the website yet… but should be available next week.

Woodland Tales Soft Knitted Rattles

The ONLY issue with them is how on earth does a pink lamb get into a woodland themed animal collection? Strange… but babies probably won’t care & she does have a lovely earnest expression on her face!

Other woodlandy-themed gift ideas that we ♥ …

Felted Wool Squirrel Tea Cozy by fuzzylogicfelt on Etsy

photo from fuzzylogicfelt (etsy.com)

and I don’t even drink tea or have a teapot:)

Handmade Rustic Oak Leaf Tags by peaseblossomstudio on Etsy

Photo via peaseblossomstudio (etsy.com)

These are sold as tags to add to favour boxes for weddings – but they would look great for any winter birthday gift wrapping (or save until Christmas).

Happy Acorn Necklace by marymaryhandmade on Etsy

photo from marymaryhandmade (etsy.com)

The jeweller writes… “The little acorn is happy for now, but has hopes to one day become a big, beautiful oak tree! ” Handmade out of sterling silver, hand detailed, with a matte finish. This could made somebody very happy 🙂

Stags Head Red Tartan Woven Tapestry Cushion Cover Sham by Designer Cushions on Etsy

Photo from designercushions (etsy.com)

These cushion covers are sold on Etsy, made right here in NZ in Matamata. Don’t you love the whole “hunting lodge” vibe. These would look so cozy in your home!

Ruru – An Autumnal Beastie by ellaquaint on Felt

Photo from ellaquaint's shop at felt.co.nz

And every forest needs an owl – so this little Morepork (ruru) adds the perfect touch. From ellaquaint’s shop on Felt, click through the link on image to take a look at their other wonderful birds & beasties!

Tui Brooch by nativecre8ve on Felt

Photo from nativecre8ve's shop at felt.co.nz

Finally, so you can take a bit of the forest with you, a tui brooch made in Rotorua by native cre8ve. These brooches would make a lovely, original gift for $15.00 (including NZ delivery!) Click through the link on the image to visit their shop.

p.s. none of these shops, designers, craftspeople are associated with The Paper Package in any way – I just really like their stuff!