It’s time you make your list, and check it twice. As of this writing, we only have 20 more days to go until Christmas. That means presents, and presents means wrapping paper. This year, go beyond the typical holiday wrappers and make your gift pretty and personalized. It doesn’t have to be difficult. With just a few fun crafting items you can give your family and loved ones delightfully wrapped boxes that are uniquely you!
If you want to go the DIY route, here are three fun and simple ideas for your holiday gifts:
To make your own, check out the video above that uses erasers, wine corks, foam and kitchen dishawashing sponge to make his own stamp. You can also go the most convenient route by picking a fun holiday stamp (National Book Store will always have one) and using kraft or plain white paper, stamp all over the paper with your stamp and choice of ink color to create fun unique wrapping paper.
Wrap in (brush)strokes
Yes, it's time to pull out the paints and paint brush for a unique and personalized gift wrapper -- even if you swear you don't have an artistic bone in your body. Using kraft or plain white paper, gently brush paint all over in a nice and uniform pattern. Wait for paper to dry. Wrap present with brushed paper and use a twine ribbon for a nice rustic holiday feel.
The chic black and white wrapping paper above was made using tools found around the house. Find the instructions from Oh Happy Day here.
Photo gift tag
Our photos on our phone are a mine for great ideas that can easily be executed by a printer and photo paper. During Christmas, it can be used as a cool and unique gift tag -- and no one ends up getting the wrong gift! Check out how Eighteen25 did the above here.
If DIY simply isn't going to work at all for you, then head to any of the shops below where you will find everything you need to have your present feel personalized even though everything is ready made. Here's a super easy gift-wrapping checklist:
1. A variety of wrapping paper – Find something that speaks out to you. Or, even better, try to choose a plain design so you can embellish more with accents. 2. Kraft paper – It is quite possibly the most versatile wrapping material ever! You can use kraft paper as is or decorate with printing or stamps. 3. Twine – This serves many purposes, from using it as a ribbon or even as an accent with other ribbons. 4. Ribbons – You can never have too many ribbons. Pick out a nice contrasting set in different widths so you have variety. 5. Wrapping accessories – Nothing says personalized more than unique little touches. You can use faux cherry stems, sprigs of holly, and more to make your presents stand out.
It is still the go-to shop for most wrapping essentials. Even if you choose to buy your papers at specialty stores, you can still get everything else you need like tape, glue sticks, scissors, ribbons, tissue paper, and more. They also have gift-wrapping services for those last minute additions. Must buy: Assorted tissue paper is extremely versatile, double sided tape for cleaner gift wrapping, and a variety of colored ribbons. Location: Branches nationwide
It is most known for selling their adorable handmade felt plushie creations with awesome pop culture icons like characters from Star Wars, Stranger Things, and Marvel. It now also sells adorable accessories like felt bookmarks, character keychains, and more. Their kiosk in Alabang Town Center also sells kraft and specialty paper, twine, stamps, and paper gift tags. Must buy: Craft paper, spools of twine, felt bookmarks and keychains make beautiful gift wrapping accents for pop culture lovers! Location: Alabang Town Center (ATC)
This specialty paper printing shop makes beautiful personalized wrapping paper and gift cards. They are mainly known for their stunning invitation and stationary services, but they also have unique wrapping paper and gorgeous holiday gift tags. Must buy: Pretty holiday gift tags that can immediately spruce up any package! Location: Alabang Town Center (ATC), Festival Supermall, U.P. Town Center.
The Craft Central
This haven for all craft lovers offers kraft or plain white paper as well as ribbon, twine, stickers, and pre-cut gift cards. For the exceptionally crafty you can also get calligraphy sets, pens, nibs, and ink here. Must buy: Kraft paper, twine, gift cards, specialty ink if you have time to personally handwrite each card for a unique touch. Location: Greenbelt 5, Makati
Tie Me Up Buttercup
Don't be fooled by the photo because you will be floored when you drop by its kiosk. From embossed wrappers to pop-up cards to gift tags with the most delicate details, the items they carry can be considered gifts themselves especially because it can be expensive. This is for the VIPs in your life. Must buy: Go for the whimsical Christmas cards and gift tags that are often imported from Europe. You may also want to consider putting the wrapping paper in photo frames for you (yes, they can be that pretty). Locations: Greenbelt 5 and Shangri-La Plaza East Wing.
The Wrap Shop
This is one of the most complete stores when it comes to specialty paper that you can’t find anywhere else. They also have gorgeous gift boxes in various materials as well as wrapping accessories like holly twigs, fake Christmas berries, and so much more. This definitely needs to be a stop when buying your Christmas wrapping arsenal. Must buy: Beautiful thick wrapping paper in classic and unique designs (classic prints like chevron and checkered look great for Christmas but also work for any other holiday, too), cloth ribbons (for those special gifts), and accessories! Load up on twigs, holly branches, and more so you have a wide variety at your disposal. Location: Powerplant Mall, Rockwell and SM Megamall, Ortigas
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Wrap it Up!
Aside from gift wrappers and personalized ribbons, it also provides gifts like balloon sculptures and specialized bouquets. The personalized ribbons are really cute and go great with plain paper wrapper to add a pop of design and a personal touch. Must buy: Personalized ribbons! Put your family name or a cute logo and make it uniquely you! Location: Branches at WalterMart Makati and Cash & Carry Makati. They also have an online store here.