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A to Z of Style: G is for Gift wrapping

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We're up to 'G' in our A to Z of Style series, so given it's almost Christmas time T&W Head of Styling Jessica Bellef  decided there's no time like the present to talk about gift wrapping (get it?)! Read on to find out how Jess tackles her gift wrapping with style and flair.

Confession: When it comes to wrapping Christmas presents, I am hopeless at crafting perfectly squared off corners and neat little tabs of sticky tape. I know, I know; my job title is Head of Styling so shouldn’t I be all about attention to detail and the camera-ready finished product? Well, yesssss but the reality is I am often wrapping my presents at the very last minute, when my eyes are bleary with the chaos of the Christmas lead up and all I can think about is the 24-hour nap/food coma that is Boxing Day. At that point, I am ok with things being a little bit more, shall we say, ‘organic and loose’. That doesn’t mean I am fine with handing over a frightfully wrapped gift. Oh no, no, no. When Santa’s boots are about to hit the hearth and my patience for fiddly sticky tape and wayward paper is shot, I draw on the following gift-wrapping shortcuts for maximum impact with minimum fuss.

Fabric wrapping is a perfect alternative to paper. Fabric wrapping is a perfect alternative to paper.



Fabric is my friend when I want to create a pretty wrapping scheme without suffering a tangle of tape. It echoes the techniques found in the Japanese wrapping tradition of ‘furoshiki’ ( you can read more about the techniques here and here) and I love that it’s an environmentally friendly alternative to paper. In the image above I have used napkins by Linen House and added some metallic Christmas decorations for festive sparkle.

The festive season is the perfect time to get creative with embellishments. The festive season is the perfect time to get creative with embellishments.



Go big on the embellishments and you will distract from any dodgy paper folds. Here I have used faux flowers as lush present toppers, tied in with strips of textured fabric cut to size. Keep the wrapping paper simple, my brown craft paper with a light wash of white paint is subtle enough to let the beauty of the faux flowers really sing.

Ribbon and wool in bright colours add a celebratory feel. Ribbon and wool in bright colours add a celebratory feel.



Speaking of dazzling embellishment, I can't skip past the idea of dressing your presents with a mass of ribbons, wool and coloured string to create a happy cascade of colour and texture. Tie the thickest ribbons around your package first and then layer with thinner pieces in contrasting or complementary colours. I also like to make my own ‘ribbon’ by ripping printed fabric in various thicknesses and puffing them up once tied in a bow, as you can see in the image above.

Read the rest of our A to Z of Style series to get Jess’s top tips on everything home styling now.

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