Monday, November 28, 2011

Wrapping YULE Love

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. 

Pierre Corneille, Le Menteur

(Surprise, surprise...this isn't me wrapping presents!!!)
I can’t remember when I began to appreciate how a gift was wrapped.  I do remember my mother teaching me how to wrap a present, folding the paper's seam under on the bottom of the package and neatly turning in the ends to finish it off.   I remember how excited I was seeing the pretty packages with bows and ribbons sitting under the tree on Christmas morning.  My mother was Martha Stewart before Martha Stewart....
A beautifully wrapped present shows how much you care.  'Tis the season for taking a little extra time to wrap presents for the special people on your gift list.  Small personal touches make the wrapping as memorable as the gift inside.
I stumbled upon A Gift Wrapped Life  when I first started blogging and couldn't believe what blogger Sande Chase created with paper and ribbons.  Sande's blog is a must read for everyone who appreciates beautiful things.  "From the simple to the spectacular, I hope my world of gifting will inspire you to give beautifully." Sande Chase   And it does....

From craft paper tied up with multiple torn silk ribbons to a fluffy hair scrunchie tied up with velvet to reused Kate Spade and Tiffany boxes, Sande Chase gift wrapping style is amazing.  Here are just a few samples of her stunningly wrapped presents.


Unique DIY wrapping ideas can be found everywhere, from elegantly wrapped gifts to eco-friendly alternatives to ways to incorporate greenery, ornaments, vintage elements and luxurious ribbons into your designs.  Here are a few beautifully wrapped presents from around the internet to give you inspiration this holiday season.


Heather Bullard

Grapevines Invitations

Jenn Playford

The Happy Home Blog

This Old House

Crafty Stylish




JoMalone Regifted

Throughout the years, I have become more conscious of reycling and repurposing when wrapping and with that, more creative.  I recycle gift bags from year to year and I also like to make the gift a part of the wrapping by using tea and gift towels, scarfs and storage boxes.  It is an eco-friendly alternative that guarantees to be a one-of-a-kind gift under the tree. 

I continue to color-code my gift wrapping by assigning a color or design to each family member.  It makes it much easier to find gifts under the tree and somehow, Mom knows what Santa has wrapped each person's gifts in!!!  Using complementary colored wrapping creates an elegant look under your tree at least until Christmas morning....

Just remember, imagination is the key to creative gift wrapping and when beautifully wrapped, any gift can be so much more than the sum of its parts.

Karen Appleton
Visit Larissa Hill "Wrap It Up" Pinterest for more creative gift wrapping ideas....


  1. OMG...What absolutely beautiful wrapping ideas & I love your idea of color coding your gifts for each family member...Also, what a thoughtful credit to your Mom & her love of gift wrapping...I save all of your blogs as I know I will refer to them for many of the ideas you have shared...

  2. I a huge fan of a gift wrapped life.

    I know she will have awesome ideas this time of year.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  3. awesome!
    thanks so much for sharing. those are great!
    {love} lauryn @

  4. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas!

  5. Love these fabulous ideas!! Thank you so muc for sharing. I love your blog. I'm your newest follower.
    Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.

    P.S. More the Merrier Monday ends tonight. Stop by and link up if you have not already.

  6. Love this post. I always try to make the wrap as special as the gift. I love all of the inspiration in this post, I think my favorite is the pleated brown paper. How cool is that?!!

  7. Oh, so many inspiring gift wrap ideas....I'd love to have you share at ShabbyTeaParty, I'm starting a new link party called Wednesday Wrap's going on now, stop on over! Warm Hugs,

  8. Thank you for participating at Wednesday Wrap Party, so glad you could join us. Warm Hugs,

  9. Absolutely beautiful.. These Look really awesome. : )) I would LOVE if you could please stop in and linky this terrific feature via my Pin’Inspirational Party happening today pweease… .. THANK YOU SO MUCH.. Wishing you an incredible start to your weekend.. Sincerely ~ M

  10. Wonderful inspiration! I love the sheet music wrapping!

  11. I'm so happy I across your blog...these are all so beautiful! The shirt is definitely different...I'm your new follower, please drop by for a visit when you can.

  12. What a terrific compilation! I would never have thought of the frayed ties but now will steal that idea for this year.

    So glad that you joined us at Pin'Inspiration Thursday.

    Happy new follower :-)

  13. So fun to find someone who enjoys wrapping and the beauty of wrapped gifts as much as I do. Does she occasionally have gift wrap link parties? I know I have participated a time or two on a blog but I have somehow lost it in my reader list. Your inspirational images are great. Thanks so much for sharing them on BeColorful's Motivated Monday.

  14. Great collection of creative wrappings!

  15. What a great collection of gift wrap ideas. Makes me look at what's laying around the house a little differently! Please come and link this up to the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting Oh, and feel free to link up any of your recent fave projects from your blog, I'd love to see 'em! ~Jen