Growing up I always loved to wrap gifts. It's a precise art really, creasing the paper to create sharp corners, interweaving ribbon and curling the ends and choosing the perfect bow to finish it off.
When I was about 12 my mother decided she was Martha Stewart - and I say this with love in my heart. She determined that the traditional wrapping paper was not sufficient and decided to go with a theme - it was brown butcher style paper with crinkly shiny ribbon in bright fuchsia, blue, teal, and purple.
There were other themes over the years and at times I worried she was re-wrapping packages from friends and family to suit the theme before placing the gifts under the tree. Although this sort of thing could have qualified for a full-fledged intervention, the novelty started to wear off and although she carefully selects new paper and bows each year I think she's stopped re-wrapping gifts (at least I hope so).
My personal approach is a bit more eclectic - I buy a few rolls of paper I like, normally shinny, bright, and on-sale, and once all the gifts are stacked under the tree is looks like a tie-dyed shirt at Woodstock. Whether you're wrapping preferences are traditional, more free-spirited, or Martha Stewart style dictatorship here are some beautiful ideas I couldn't help but share...
|Gold Chevron Paper via Anthropologie|
|Lace and Satin Ribbon via Pinterest|
|Grey and Peach via Pinterest|
|Natural Wrapping Paper via HGTV|
|Photo Tags via Pinterest|
|Stamped Tree via Etsy|
|Simple Twine Ribbon via Wit & Delight|
|Candy Canes via Older & Wisor|