From hostess to holiday gifts, so begins the season of giving. We’ll be the first to admit we’re a sucker for pretty packaging. A well-dressed parcel is like a teaser for the main event. It just seems to make whatever’s inside feel even sweeter. And because these finishing touches sometimes get missed in the end-of-December mad dash, we’re getting on it early this year. With this in mind, we rounded up some beautifully bundled presents as inspiration for our own gift-giving — and yours! Isn’t it so swoony to see the creativity that can emerge from just cloth, paper and few choice trimmings?
As founder of her eponymous, and incredibly chic, boutique gifting studio, Simone LeBlanc is an endless source of expert wrapping inspiration. From gemstones to leather strips to touches of foliage, she’s incorporated all sorts of dreamy details in images via Design Love Fest and Popsugar.
Minimal materials for maximum impact. We continually return to some form of this simple packaging every holiday season — kraft paper or muslin with twine and a few extras. Feathers and sprigs of greenery top it all off in looks via Nade Studio, Local Milk and Stacey Clark.
Here’s an adorable alternative to the traditional gift bag. Paper bags, stamps and clothespins are all that’s required to recreate the effect in this clever DIY via Food52.
Beautifully saturated indigo looks always have our heart! On Blackbird, hand-dyed Furoshiki-wrapped presents are beyond lovely and also leave the recipient with an extra gift in the form of a bespoke swath of fabric. And an indigo ribbon adds a dramatic pop of color in an utterly elegant gift via Nade Studio.
Classic black and white is a recipe for swoony sophistication. We love every element of the composition in this splatter-painted parcel from Kelly Wearstler. And in a look from Anthropologie, chalkboard wrapping paper creates a blank canvas for personal touches.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to washi tape. Layered with stamped paper and feather cutouts, this Decor8 take has depth and so much personality.
Keep it simple and imbue the unexpected. These are two characteristics we strive for across our food, fashion and design endeavors, and this wrapping inspiration from Fête and Sketch.inc achieves both.