Obsessed with Etsy…Wrapping

by Tania Ginoza on November 27, 2012 · 8 comments

My favorite part of the holidays is gift wrapping! I love spreading all my supplies out on the bed with the nutcracker playing in the background and playing with different paper, tag and ribbon combinations.  Etsy is filled with tempting options from original art to hand painted paper.

Nollaig shona means “Happy Christmas to you!” in Irish.  I love this simple reindeer graphic with a typewriter inspired font from placed, an etsy shop based in Belfast, Ireland.  As I browsed placed’s store, I wanted to place every offering in my cart.  Cards, wrapping paper, ceramic mugs, tea towels and canvas bags are adorned with modern graphics with lots of white space.  Each illustration is utterly charming and irresistible.

It’s no secret that I have a weakness for polka dots and woman’s best friend.  So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I love this polka dot printed paper in a retro color scheme by Fire Hydrant Press in Atlanta, Georgia.  Fire Hydrant Press is inspired by the family dog, Winston (an etsy shop after my own heart).  Many items can be customized including the dog breed in the silhouette on this kawaii wrapping paper.

One of my small space tips is to not use up valuable storage space with too many rolls of specific occasion paper.  You can make any pretty paper suitable for the holidays by adding the right tag, an ornament or cut outs using holiday themed hole punches.  I would pair these lovely prints by Australia’s lovemaestore with unfinished wooden ornaments and tags decorated with holiday themed hole punches in similar vintage inspired colors.  How could you not love an etsy shop that displays their print choices with handmade paper flowers? Adorable.  You can buy unfinished wooden ornaments, mini ornaments and holiday hole punches at Ben Franklin in the Queen Kaahumanu Center.

All images via merchants’s etsy shop.

To see how I reused fashion mag pages as wrapping with simple snowflake tags, see my earlier post here.

Keep in touch this season as I’ll be sharing my tips for celebrating the holidays in a small space and exchanging gifts the minimal way.


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lisacng @ expandng.com November 27, 2012

Ah, wrapping paper. I love the thick kind. The kind that you can run your scissors through and it doesn’t tear. I know you know what I mean! I like to get my paper from Papyrus after Christmas because they have great sales. But like you said, I also like to buy paper that can be used for a variety of occasions. I love your DIY tags from years past!


Tania November 27, 2012

I know exactly what you mean! The thin ones are easier to fold but hard to get a clean cut. Papyrus is such a great store, there is one in Honolulu.

Thanks! I’m not sure yet what I’ll be doing this year.


Angelia Sims November 27, 2012

The flowered one is SOOOO pretty!


Tania November 27, 2012

I have my eye on a couple of those for sure. I like the little pyramid print the best.


Laurie November 27, 2012

I also love wrapping gifts. I get all my paper and bows out and sit under the Christmas tree with a classic movie playing. The later at night the better too! Every year I want to make my own tags, etc, but most years run out of time.


Tania November 27, 2012

Yes! A movie is a must too. I really want to learn to make my own printable tags as well. I’ll let ya know if I get around to it.


Tiffanie December 3, 2012

I LOVE the Irish reindeer paper, right up my alley. I concur about the movie (or even podcast) in the background! I started listening to the Design Matters podcasts you recommended. They are great to listen to, so thank you!


Tania December 4, 2012

I love that one too. I rarely buy specific holiday paper now but do always keep one simple great graphic roll for Christmas, that one’s perfect.

I’m so glad you’re enjoying Design Matters! I have a few more favorites that I’ll be sharing soon including one that is a bit shorter when you need a quick fix.


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