Photo Gallery: Editors’ Holiday Gift Wrap Picks
H&H staff share their favourite holiday gift wrap.
An eclectic mix of prints and colours.
This photo was in the running for our November cover! Suzanne Dimma loves the mix of papers used. “I’m a fan of papers in shades of blue and green as they play so nicely off the tree and greenery that comes with the holidays,” says Dimma. “Contrasting ruby red ribbons in silk and velvet adds rich contrast for a bit of a vintage feel and the wrapping papers are an appealing mix of exotic and graphic with just a hint of glimmer. We shot the cover in my house and I thought this grouping looked so great with my home’s regular decor.”
See more editors’holiday gift wrap picks in our photo gallery.
Consider monochromatic wrapping.
Gift tags from Paper Society Co., designed by Ashleigh Shouwerwou, feature beautifully written messages for the holidays. “An all-white wrapping scheme allows the tags to be the main attraction,” says H&H design editor Margot Austin. “For this holiday season I’ll use cord and oversized rickrack trim from my sewing desk and butcher’s string from the kitchen drawer. These parcels will really stand out once they’re placed under a tree alongside gifts done up in traditional holiday wrapping.”
Make your own wrapping paper.
“I like to scan or photocopy pretty patterned fabrics and print them on 11″ x 17″ sheets, which is just the right size to wrap small gifts and stocking stuffers (yes, I wrap stocking stuffers),” says H&H design editor Margot Austin. “It’s best to do this with vintage fabrics so as not to reproduce designs protected by copyright. With paper this pretty I keep embellishment to a minimum. A few sprigs of evergreen and green jute twine finish the presentation.”
Use fabric remnants to dress-up kraft paper.
“There are two things I can’t get enough of during the holidays: shortbread and tartan. This scheme is my ode to the latter. A box wrapped in kraft paper is treated to a sash of tartan remnant fabric, a sprig of boxwood and a darling tartan squirrel from Indigo. These ornaments come in a set of five shapes and are made of basswood laminated with tartan fabric,” says H&H design editor Margot Austin. “I love dressing gifts with ornaments and fabric that can be reused season after season.”
Pair a classic Christmas colour with an untraditional hue.
H&H design editor Margot Austin loves these dotted, checked and striped wrapping papers from Ikea. “Of course there’s no mistaking this as the cheeriest Christmas red but I chose to pair it with navy, which I think gives it a more preppy vibe than the expected green. For tags I used spice jar label stickers from Staples,” says H&H design editor Margot Austin.
A nature-inspired wrapping scheme with an easy-to-follow formula.
“Is there a pattern more quintessentially Canadian than the HBC Signature Stripe? Hmmm, maybe Maple Leaf tartan, but we’ll save that debate for another time. For now, here is my wrapping scheme dedicated to our home and native land,” says H&H design editor Margot Austin. “The formula includes kraft paper (thanks to paper mills in New Brunswick), bits of bark shed from my firewood pile (please, please don’t go peeling bark off trees for Christmas wrap), B.C. cedar, B.C. holly and these great little metal Signature Stripe animal ornaments from The Bay. The little darlings are made in Canada by Whigby and all your favourite Canadian wildlife icons are available: beaver, elk, polar bear and goose, plus there’s even a Mountie (must have!).”
Delicate dark blue pattern.
Assistant design editor Kai Ethier chose an on-trend dark blue paper for a perfect little box anyone would be delighted to find under the tree. A thin, red satin ribbon is all the embellishment needed.
Bright patterned papers are bold and beautiful.
We took a field trip to gift-wrap mecca, The Paper Place, to select these lush, eye-catching papers, then stopped by ribbon boutique Mokuba to finish our looks. The green handmade “Lotka” paper at the top comes from Nepal, and the pink and red and gold and purple papers are both handprinted in India on 100 per cent recycled paper.
Pink ribbon is a less-expected pairing with green than red.
Web promotions editor Seema Persaud was drawn to this handmade “Lotka” paper from Nepal. For an unexpected alternative to the typical red and green scheme, she paired it with some pink satin ribbon she had at home in a unique basketweave pattern.
Simple brown paper is anything but plain dressed up with evergreen clippings.
Vice-president of communicatons Mark Challen exchanges cookbooks with his good friend Mary each Christmas. “She always wraps them simply with kraft paper, a sprig of greenery from her tree tied with twine, and a packing tag with her impeccable handwriting. It’s her signature wrapping style, and it’s hands-down my favourite,” says Mark. He spotted this same look on the blog honestlywtf.com.
A sophisticated colour scheme anchored by a luxurious, wide black ribbon
Online editor Gwen McAuley’s holiday gift is wrapped in a subtle gold-and-cream patterned paper set off by a beautiful black satin ribbon.
This handmade wrap can be reused year after year.
Managing editor Katie Hayden spotted this adorable handprinted fabric wrap on the blog unruly-things.com. “I was thinking of trying this sweet idea (maybe using green pine trees or red stars instead of blue whales as the stamped image) to make my own reusable wrap this year,” says Katie, who plans to turn the project into a fun activity with her two young children.
Trendy washi tape makes it easy to decorate gifts wrapped in humble brown paper.
Senior design editor Sally Armstrong spotted this idea from kjerstislykke.blogspot.com through Pinterest. Washi Tape, very popular among stylists and the crafty set these days, makes it easy to turn simple packages into one-of-a-kind treasures.