There are two types of gift givers. Those who enjoy the process of perfectly measuring, cutting, folding, and taping together a gift that is as delightful and thoughtful as what’s inside. Or, you have people like me, who are thinking about the 15 other things they need to do as they haphazardly hack their way through crunching, squishing and patching wrapping paper together.
I’d like to think there’s some way to live in the middle of these two extremes, where you’re able to show just enough thought and care through the presentation of your gift without stuffing it into a bag and throwing a bow on it. We decided to put together four ways to personalize your gift wrapping this year with just enough thought to make it count. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a crafting pro to recreate these. And pssst, so it’s not just our little secret, we got all of our paper at the Container Store. Super pretty, no?
1. For the Maximalist // You know that person in your life, the one that loves the holidays? They’re the person that puts their decorations up mid-November and wears holiday sweaters nonstop through December. This one’s for them! Go maximalist (even when you’re intimidated by how well they deck their halls) with their wrapping this year– the more the merrier. Pick a loud print for the paper and fun colors for the ribbons and bows. Nothing is off limits here. Add bright greenery on top to push it over the maximalist edge.
2. For the Girly Girl // Millennial pink is in full trend-mode right now and we’re not mad about it! Take advantage of the fact that this stunning shade is everywhere right now and utilize it for the holidays. Go bold with pink-toned paper and monochrome additions of ribbon or twine. Add in pops of green or gold for some classic holiday cheer.
3. For the Minimalist // Minimalist holiday wrapping might seem like an oxymoron, but rest assured, it’s totally possible (and actually super stunning). It might be tough for some of us at first because you have to exercise a bit of restraint. Pick the most simple wrapping paper you have that still has some personality. Look for papers in muted tones with a slight pattern like the one above. And instead of a big bow, opt for a simple twine and greenery to top it off! This is my personal favorite.
4. For the Guys // Is there really a masculine way to wrap a gift? Maybe not, but you sure can try! Stay away from flashy tones in exchange for deeper ones like navy, brown, or gray. Be inspired by all things nature and try an outdoorsy print that’s not too over the top. Add some gold or silver for that true holiday feel. And don’t forget the bow! Opt for a wide, cotton ribbon for a tailored, sophisticated embellishment.
Images by 2nd Truth Photography
BY Kate Arends - December 7, 2017
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.