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Christmas wrapping picks (and Christmassy evenings)


I am one of those awful people who has almost all of their Christmas shopping done, and the majority of it wrapped and under the tree already.  It means I get to join in on the surprise on Christmas Day as, by the time a few weeks has passed I can barely remember what I bought anyone and my most used line when they expectantly spot something addressed to them under the tree is, "I have no idea what that is either."  For anyone who hasn't started wrapping (or buying) yet, I thought I would write a little round-up of my favourite of the Christmas wrapping paper on offer this year, having spent a week or so hunting around the shops, and eBay, for the prettiest things on offer (and then spotting more and buying it, and spotting more and buying it, and so on).  I usually go for a bit of Scandinavian theme with my décor and wrapping, and luckily enough that seems to be very fashionable this year so Scandi style gift wrap and decorations are everywhere.


.. gingerbread wrapping paper, asda, £2
.. snowy house wrapping paper, dotcomgiftshop, £1.95
.. 3d labels (far left), primark, can't remember how much
.. vintage and pinup style christmas labels, ebay, £2.50
.. merry christmas blue and red labels, sainsbury's, £1
.. red raffia ribbon, sainsbury's, £1
.. scandinavian style gift tags, asda, £2
.. candy cane wrapping paper, sainsbury's, £2
.. cellophane, ebay, £4.99

I tidied all my wrap, labels, scissors and sellotape into a little box in the lounge next to the dining table so I can easily access it whenever I have a spare few minutes and something to wrap.


This is another example of when I thought I'd bought all the gift wrap I needed and then M&S come along and produce something utterly beautiful and I have to buy it! It is so thick and well-made and all the M&S paper has little squares printed on the inside so you can cut in a straight line (or try to in my case!)

.. gift wrap, M&S, £3.50 // tags, M&S, £1

Although I mentioned the notion of grabbing a few moments here and there to wrap presents, I have also had a couple of evenings recently dedicated entirely to Christmas wrapping.  There's only one way to do this, and that's with Christmas candles burning, mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas music.  If you're going to do something, do it properly, right?


One of the first things I wrapped this year was my Secret Santa present for Hannah's #secretsanta13.  I bought several little treats for my Secret Santa match, threw in some chocolate and some Christmas decorations and then filled the box up with Hershey's kisses and sachets of tea, because, well, why not? 


As well as thinking I'd bought all my wrapping paper, and then finding something awesome and buying more, I also do the same with presents.  Anyone else do that? "I'm definitely done with buying for so-and-so, OOH but they would love that fox lunchbag".  I had a little present splurge this weekend after I found lots of codes on Voucherbox for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals.  And I may have gone hunting for the perfect Christmas Day dress on ASOS using one of those codes yesterday too (I think it's important to treat yourself during the festive period too, right?)

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19 comments

  1. Loving the wrapping paper designs - without fail I go for Paperchase every year, I just love their designs so much! I opted for cutesy penguins, a reindeer xmas sweater print, and the classic snow flakes. I'm terrible at wrapping so I always have to get loads of paper just in case!

    I am also incredibly guilty of picking up extra presents. That's the big downside of shopping earlier because you sometimes end up spending more because of it! But this is outweighed by the lack of stress I feel this year, as I got all of my 'main' Christmas shopping done before the shops got busy. x

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  2. I am so bad at wrapping presents I pay my Mum to do it! I got my paper from BHS this year, online as I couldn't carry it! x

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  3. I am truly hopeless at wrapping presents but luckily I discovered yday that my friend loves it, so I've invited her round for dinner and she can wrap for me!

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  4. I like wrapping but have to do it in stages as it kinda drives me mad when there's a lot of it! Totally with you on the M&S paper with the squares inside - I can't cut a straight line to save my life!

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  5. I truly looove picking out wrapping paper and accessories and wrapping all the nice stuff I bought for my loved ones! Love your choices!

    Lots of love from Mainz, Germany

    Maria

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  6. You've found some lovely things there :) I'm thinking of making my own this year with just plain brown paper and adding some fancy bits and bobs on top.
    Amy xA Little Boat Sailing

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  7. I too am one of those annoying people who has bought and wrapped everything, I spent last night surrounded by masses of ribbon as I added the finishing touches to my presents. I wish I had come across that gingerbread wrap before now though, it looks so cute!
    I went for a range of posh old fashioned stuff from Clintons and some modern scandinavian fair isle style stuff I found in Wilkinsons this year. I also got some great festive sellotape from Wilko's, it has snowflakes all over it. For any dog lovers there is a beautiful wrap with christmas dogs on at Clintons, I just had to use that for my boyfriends parents! xx

    www.thelibrarian.co.uk

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  8. eee I love see these wrapping posts! I can't wait to do mine and wrap all of my pressies...when i've actually got them all...ugh

    You have chosen some beautiful festive wrapping paper this year, especially those rifle paper co stickers and that gingerbread man paper, so cute!

    Taz and Bear

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  9. I love the gingerbread wrapping paper! I am such a lazy shopper. I didn't get any presents yet :P

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  10. I hear those sleigh bells ringing ding ding dingaling ding....

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  11. Sainsburys seem to have the best bits this year, I fell in love with loads of cards and gift wrap last night!x

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  12. You're totally right, Christmas wrapping days need to be done right! It's one of my favourite parts of the holiday. I'm saving mine up for a day when I can properly indulge with the mince pies and mulled wine too!

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  13. I bought some similar gift tags from Primark yesterday and they were only £1 - bargain!

    Fab post
    Daisy x
    www.cupcakesandcherries.com

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  14. Loving the peppermint stripe ones! This year I've gone for brown paper with foil red reindeer from Tesco for the kids and red and white gingham from Asda for the adults :)
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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  15. Gorgeous wrapping paper! I love wrapping gifts (post now up on my blog on my DIY wrapping!) and have been doing it whilst listening to Christmas music, of course!! xx

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  16. I love the house wrapping paper. I have the matching ribbon. The gingerbread paper is so cute. I can't wait to start wrapping presents. It is one of my favourite things to do. I keep planning to se aside evenings to do it but I'm 8 months pregant and tend to collapse when I get in from 11 hour days at work. I'm determined to set aside some time this weekend. X

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  17. The M & S gift wrap is very cute :) A post like this is very much appreciated, always struggle to find decent gift wrap!

    www.littleleightree.co.uk

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  18. I adore your red and white striped paper and retro pin-up tags. I love wrapping up my prezzies with a warm glass of mulled wine- Heaven! It's a pre-christmas ritual. This year i'm doing all over leopard print with bright red ribbon. Not terribly traditional but pretty anyway. x

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  19. I love all of this wrapping paper, especially the sound of the M&S one with the squares inside, I cannot for the life of me cut straight!
    I'm going for a vintage-ish theme this year using brown paper, ribbons and pretty tape with salt dough decorations as gift tags. I just keep forgetting to buy more salt to finish the tags! x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

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