18.12.11

Creative Crimbo: Gift wrap ideas!

As I'm on a surprise excursion to Scotland, I am ridiculously behind on my festive postings! I thought I'd cheat a little tonight and post some little gift-wrap ideas from the DIY book I made as part of my Final Major Project at Uni:

(I am aware there is a typo on this last page, but don't have time to edit as I'm running late for dinner!)

Other ideas:

♥ Wrap pressies with layers of different designed paper (or layers of coloured tissue paper) and pop little sweets or small gifts in between each layer - a la pass the parcel! 

♥ Instead of using normal gift tags, search websites like Pinterest to find amazing printable ones to give your gift more of a unique touch!

Anyone else got any cute and easy gift wrap tips or links to share? 

And is anyone else finding the proximity of christmas absolutely terrifying? SO much I still need to do/blog/bake and no time to do any of it! Aaarrghh! Here's to the last night in the snowy wonderland of Aberdeen before it's back to madness tomorrow...


30 comments:

  1. i absolutely love love love the idea of vintage/retro wrap using magazines. definitely something to keep note of as it isn't just restricted to christmas wrapping. i did my own potato print versions too!

    here:
    http://jadestobbs.blogspot.com/2011/12/arts-and-crafty-diy-wrapping-paper.html

    lots of love, jade. xxx

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  2. Nice ideas. Oh I'm freaking out..only have half of my presents bought :( and I'm so broke. Looking forward to the actual day though! x

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  3. oooh I love the magazine idea! I made some cute little gift bags! http://sophieetc.blogspot.com/2011/12/diy-gift-bags.html
    and check out my cute christmas wrapping for my gifts this year! :)
    http://sophieetc.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-wrapping.html

    Love sophie xx

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  4. Can honsetly say my wrapping attempts now look clumsy in comparison haha but I do love these wrapping ideas, especially the tape :)
    x

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  5. What lovely ideas - I especially like the newspaper or magazine as wrapping paper idea! It is so versatile! xx

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  6. that is so pretty!
    i've used newpaper to wrap up presents once hehe
    Krissy xoxo

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  7. Awww wish I was in snowy Scotland. These are the sweetest tips, love the idea of putting small presents or sweets in between layers of paper, who doesn't love pass the parcel! I cannot even comprehend the fact christmas is next Sunday! Very exciting but I have the busiest week ahead and a very large to do list!!

    wishfulsinfulyou.blogspot.com

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  8. LOVE the mag idea!!

    I've used brown paper and string this year xx

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  9. I've wrapped all my Christmas gifts in brown paper this year with purple raffia instead of ribbon. I then made gift tags using Monet and Van Gogh prints and tearing these into gift tag sizes and including the most interesting aspects of the waterlillies/sunflowers. All the gifts look so rustic and SO much better than just some generic Christmas wrapping paper xx

    http://boscy.blogspot.com

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  10. Ooo what a cute idea, a good way to use up old magazines too!

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  11. brilliant, i love the idea of using old mags as wrapping paper! i've already wrapped all my gifts for this year though, so will have to remember that for next time!

    i made some cheapo gift bags ... i had a load of brown paper bags lying around, and i made them look festive (ish) by sticking a paper snowflake on them ... here's a pic http://twitpic.com/7sdqxg ha!

    merry christmas! xx

    http://harrietgray.blogspot.com/

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  12. Great idea Gem! I love seeing little extracts from your book! You should totally get it published :) I've gone for super glitter purple wrapping paper mixed with antique music sheets this year!
    Rachelle x
    http://inspiredbytheretired.blogspot.com/

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  13. I was given a few 'retired' road atlases recently, and I've been using them to wrap presents :) They're good for all year round, which is nice.

    I'm planning on making gift bags out of them, and putting presents in crackers/ wrapping them to look like crackers or Quality Street is always nice :)

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  14. I really like the magazine idea! Yay Christmas!

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  15. Aww I love the sweetie idea :) I haven't begun to even shop for Christmas yet :O xxx

    www.inordinatelyplush.blogspot.com

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  16. I always knew about using newspaper or brown paper, but I never even though to use magazines!
    Thanks for the great tip, I will definitely be using this for my christmas wrapping! :)

    Erin.xx
    www.dnalbnire.blogspot.com

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  17. I love the magazine one! Of course the people I'm giving presents to prob wouldnt appreciate it or 'get' it but I'd love to receive pressies like this!

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  18. LOVE brown paper - it can be so sylish and chic if you accessorize it the right way! Fab post! xx

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  19. the magazine page looks amazing i love it! xo

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  20. Brilliant Gem!

    I have a major tape-obsession, so I can't wait to try out your fabric tape idea- it's fab!

    I think you'd like this blog- the girl has some seriously cute giftwrapping ideas! >> http://hellosandwich.blogspot.com/

    Have a lovely Christmas!

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  21. great tips hun!! thanks for sharing! Im using red twine and tiny sleigh bells to decorate my presents :) x

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  22. really inventive and quirky ideas!
    wish i'd seen this before i wrapped my presents up in the stereotypical way.
    tips for next year though!

    Rosie

    http://rosiedisco.blogspot.com/

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  23. I use brown wrapping paper and string - so cheap but everyone always comments on how cute and retro it looks! xx

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  24. such a cutecute idea!, looks so much better too.
    Thanks!

    http://daisychurchward.blogspot.com

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  25. Blady love your blog!! Just stumbled across it, FOLLOWED :)

    Cheers for this idea, actually might have just saved me from a pretty awkward christmas where I might have had to face the possibility of wrapping my pressies in some god awful 'Seasons greetings' paper.

    I'll definitely keep having a peek at your blog, so inspiring and creative!! Thankyou!

    xBeijos

    www.Adoniessa.com

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  26. Can't believe Christmas is literally right around the corner, but think I'm pretty much sorted.

    My tip would be: use parcel paper and decorate with coloured metallic ribbons, or layer brown papaer with colour tissue paper for a cheap and pretty alternative to wrapping paper.

    This year I also used luggage tags, which were 10 for £1 from the £1 shop, covered them in PVA, them poured sequins over them (huge bag of assorted colours, shapes and sizes, from £1 shop) for a sparkly pretty label.

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  27. I normally always use brown wrapping paper, but we got snowflakes, polar bears and penguins this year :( Oh, and thank you for so much for the little Christmas suprise!

    Pip x

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