Those who know me well, will be aware of how obsessive I can be about getting gift wrapping just right - it literally is an obsession and I will go out of my way to achieve the look I want for a gift. I don't like using gift bags, unless I fill them with shredded tissue and add extra things to them. For me, it's all about the wrapping paper. I could (and frequently do) spend hours looking at gift wrap. It's an addiction! I do always struggle to find wrapping paper that I feel is suitable for men though. My task was to wrap a present for Dave's Dad; a very outdoorsy, gardening person, who was to receive a gardening gift. As much as I love shops like Clinton Cards, I also really like trying to visit independent stores, and although you do tend to spend a little more in them, the quality is far superior. You also come away with something a lot more unique and special.
So I went to one of my favourite local gift shops, Magpie, on a hunt for suitable paper. I was not disappointed, when I stumbled upon sheets of "Birdsong", by the very talented Madeleine Floyd!
The paper is actually double sided; side two being the eggs of the featured British birds. It's absolutely adorable! I coupled this beautiful paper with some sandy raffia, to keep with the garden theme, and added a handmade "With Love" label that I purchased in a set from eBay last year.
I was really pleased with the finished wrap. The paper was so thick and such amazing quality, and I'm definitely now craving more!
Today I have wrapped gifts for Dave's Mum, as her birthday is in a couple of weeks time. Again, I revisited Magpie for my gift wrapping needs, and came out with two sheets of Cath Kidston floral paper and some lovely red wired ribbon! The result, was as follows...
|Happy cheery red ribbon!|
In my opinion, the ribbon really makes these special. The paper is pretty (I'm not the biggest Cath Kidston fan, I must admit) and like the Birdsong paper, is also double sided, with the back showing the same design on a white background (bottom gift). I really liked the blue though. The ribbon came on quite a large reel and I have a bit left, so can use that up at some point in the future too! I'm thrilled with the finished look for these gifts though.
I now, unfortunately, don't have any birthdays to cater for until December! I suppose it gives me plenty of time to focus on how I'll wrap my Christmas gifts (I randomly came up with that idea in bed a few nights ago!). I'm pleased my Summer birthday wrapping looks so pretty though.