Look to fashion trends for gift wrapping.
Toronto designers Christine Ralphs and Michelle Lloyd of Lloyd Ralphs Design swap the usual red and green for unexpected colour and pattern combinations: "The holidays are a great time to indulge in personal projects, and gift wrapping is the perfect outlet for creative expression!" Ralphs says. "I'm always inspired by fashion, so incorporating the season's trends in my gift wrapping is my favourite theme. This year, leopard is key. Leopard paper with black ribbon is classic, but for the real news of the season, pair leopard-print wrapping paper with Hermès orange and hot pink ribbon, or leopard-print paper with Yves Klein blue and kelly green. Python print is another hot trend, whether it's a neutral python print with flesh-coloured ribbon or a python print in red or kelly green. Look no further than the runways for holiday inspiration!"
For more ideas, see our Designers' Holiday Decorating Tips photo gallery.