Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Wrap It Up!!!

With the election over and the Holiday Season looming ahead, it's time to start thinking about gift wrap! I LOVE wrapping gifts, finding new ways to package things, and creating a gift out of the wrapping itself. I've just cleaned out my basement storage room and am converting it into a gift wrap station and floral design room. I promise I'll post pics when it's done!

I have some favorite websites I like to go to for wrapping supplies, but first let's explore the many books dedicated to the subject.

One of my favorites is Presentations: A Passion for Gift Wrapping by Carolyne Roehm.

Another one I particularly like is Creative and Thoughtful Gift Giving: Easy Ideas for Making Gifts Special by Leah Ingram.

For Christmas I generally buy large rolls of solid colored paper and use the easy pull string bows you can get at Nashville Wraps. With all those presents to wrap it can become very tedious to try and dress up each one. I LOVE Nashville Wraps. You do tend to have to buy in large quatities, but if you're going to wrap a lot of things anyway, then you're getting a pretty great deal. They also have tons of ribbon options...

I have found some great vendors for designer paper as well. Check out these gorgeous papers from Paper-Source.

They also have great gift bags and mailing labels.

If it's monogrammed paper you're looking for, you'll love these options from
Neiman Marcus and Room Service Home. A little on the pricey side, but worth it if you really want to make an impact!

Carolyne Roehm also has a website where she sells wraps and ribbons as well as gift tags. There are some beautiful inspirational photos as well. In addition to the ones posted below, you can see more here.

The last place I love to shop for paper is Midori. They deal mostly in ribbon; I used to use them when I owned a stationery business. They have fabulous ribbon, but they also have gorgeous handmade papers. They don't sell retail via their website, but they do have a list of websites that offer their products.

If you're like me, you've been oohhing and ahhhing over all the beautiful Christmas packaging ideas from Williams Sonoma.

This year, they've even come out with a new set of Parisian inspired cake and candy boxes (Yes, I'm totally kicking myself for buying the plain old red ones in BULK last year) as well as waxed paper. Love em, right? Just can't imagine spending that much for cake boxes? Well, looks like those EXCLUSIVE Williams-Sonoma designs aren't that exclusive after all...

The very same company I introduced you to around this time last year just happens to have the exact same boxes and papers. FOR A FRACTION OF THE PRICE. We're talking
$7.20 versus $4.60 per cake box and $12 versus $9.00 per roll of waxed paper. The website is Baking Boxes.

They've also got personalized ribbon as well.

Another box idea I love for baked items like cupcakes (are you listening
Happy Housewife?)...are these adorable boxes from Nashville Wraps. So chic!

So get shopping, baking, wrapping, whatever! Get INSPIRED!

XOXO Sippycups


Just Ask Beth said...

Beautiful.. I have missed your posts!! I am ready for the Holidays

Preppy 101 said...

I love to wrap, also! I found some darling gift cards last summer at Crane - on sale for nearly nothing :) This post was wonderful!! Thanks for all the great links; I am always looking for new things.

JennyVT said...

LOVE them! They are all so beautiful. There is so much that can be done with all that ribbon!!!
Happy Wrapping!

Muffy said...

What a wonderful post!!!! I love all these selections!

The 5 Bickies said...

I LOVE all of the wraps and ideas. Now, can you help me with the teacher gift ideas? Share some of your favorites....please!

Well I Do Declare said...

LOVE the Midori papers!! Do you wrap your children's gifts the same way you do others?

Kappa Prep said...

LOVE CR and have this book! It has the best ideas and everyine needs a copy. Also, a HUGE fan of the CR website and did a post a while back! We have so much in common!

Leah Ingram said...

Thanks for mentioning my gift-wrapping book that I wrote for Hallmark. It's one of my favorites.

I hope that you'll check out my blog on green-and-frugal living some time.

Thanks again.


Happy Homemaker said...

Lovely! Thank you!!

morewineplease said...

thanks to you, I ordered that polka dot paper from paper source yesterday!!

southern daze said...

This is fantastic information - thank you so much for sharing! I absolutely love gift wrapping and am always on the hunt for new resources.