From rethinking ribbon to unexpected colour combos and playful ways with paper, Style & Living’s
Kate Fitzpatrick shows how you can wrap a gift
that impresses from first sight
Clockwise from top left: Mimic tartan with a criss-cross of two types of gold ribbon – one textured, one patterned.
Elevate a double layer of twine and craft paper with fresh greenery; we’ve mixed eucalyptus with mistletoe for a contemporary spin on Christmas. Holly, pine, spruce or woody herbs such as rosemary are also spot on for the season.
No ribbon? No worries. Create a striking sleeve by folding contrasting paper in a concertina-like fashion.
Raid your knitting kit and use leftover wool for some festive pom-poms. They’re super easy to make, promise – all you need is a cardboard disc, wool and scissors (find a tutorial online).
Layer coordinating ribbons and tie an oversized bow for impact.
Clockwise from top left: Throw out the Christmas-colour rulebook and delight with fresh spins on classic looks, like this bold magenta with two types of red ribbon.
A marble effect and a hint of soft pink transform festive favourite silver and gold.
For a subtle nod to the season, try pink on pink with a celebratory gift tag
It’s red, white and blue but not as you know it thanks to tree-themed ribbon in gold and a candy-striped gift tag
Metallic gold, snowflakes and reindeers are quintessentially Christmas – but a navy and baby-pink scheme gives them a new lease of life.
Clockwise from top left: Layer two types of paper and cut out peek-a-boo shapes. We’ve hand drawn a tree, but you could trace using stencils or cookie cutters.
Make your own snowflakes – all you need are square sheets of paper, a few simple folds and a steady scissor technique (find a tutorial online).
Upgrade plain paper with hand-drawn elements, such as this illustrated gift tag.
Coloured washi tape is a playful way to decorate plain paper, like this line-up of Christmas candles.
Add your own stamp – literally – with ink or paint on plain paper. We bought this stamp from a craft store, but you could make simple shapes (think stars and trees) at home with a kitchen sponge.
Photographer: Katie Hammond / Stylist: Susie Clegg
Lifestyle blogger Geraldine Tan (littlebigbell.com) has handy wrapping tips equal to any Christmas gift, no matter how challenging. From neatly wrapping the floppy Christmas jumper, the awkwardly shaped child’s toy, to the last-minute present that needs to be wrapped before the in-laws arrive – we’ve got you covered.
We took our gift-wrapping guide on the road and at a recent event, 20 bloggers helped wrap more than 150 M&S Christmas gifts, which are all being donated to the patients, families and staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital.