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Creative Christmas card ideas Fuss-free party looks


get the look


get the look


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


All tied up

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.

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Colour their world

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.

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Play with paper

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.

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Photographer: Katie Hammond / Stylist: Susie Clegg


Watch: Christmas wrapping tips

Lifestyle blogger Geraldine Tan ( 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.


Gifts for Great Ormond Street Hospital

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.