When I graduated from high school, I got my dream job, a shopgirl at Hawaii’s favorite department store, Liberty House. When the holiday season rolled around, I was assigned to the perfume bar. To my dismay, I found not only did I sell perfume but that I also had to wrap it! I didn’t know how to wrap presents. The saleswoman before me stayed a bit longer than her shift to teach me how to wrap. I have never forgotten her generosity and kindness. Now I adore wrapping and have been known to go a little over the top. I used to keep a huge stash of ornaments, trinkets and toys to attach to metallic and ornate wire ribbon and used the best quality wrapping paper. This year, I decided to do something different, natural and simple.
We have our holiday lunch celebration at the office today and the team doesn’t exchange gifts. However, I do like to give a stocking stuffer, Hawaiian salt or yummy snacks as a token of my appreciation. I bought this snowflake paper punch at Ben Franklin and it’s fantastic. I can’t wait to add a few more to my collection but at $20+ a pop, I’ll take my time with that, one lovely punch at a time.
Shipping tags, found in the packaging section of Office Max, have a simple, natural and retro look. I can use both the tag and the snowflake punches. The snowflakes would make a nice garland or would look great glued in a scattered way onto wrapping paper. Or how about as giant snowflake confetti on a table?
These little bowls were made by Maui potter, Valerie Mizner. She had a booth at the Waldorf Holiday Faire and all of her work was incredible; with pretty color combinations and organic shapes. The bowls are the perfect size to store paper clips on a desktop or as a ring holder on a nightstand. I added a few Lindt truffles and tied everything up with purple raffia ribbon.
If you visit my home, you’ll see neatly stacked fashion and design magazines several feet high. I am constantly flipping through mags and ripping out pages because the image or article inspired me, the color composition was appealing or the styling of the shot unique. I decided to reuse some of these fashion magazine pages that bring a smile to my face as wrapping. These MauiDiveGirl bracelets and pretty oyster shell tray were packaged within the pages of a makeup editorial. The two pages shown here will make a cool graphic and colorful wrapping for a future gift. Since magazine pages are quite thin, it was easy to bend and patch together several different pages to cover the entire box.
I would love to hear your ideas for wrapping with reused materials or how you make your gifts unique.
If you enjoyed the reuse of fashion mags, you may also like this…Tiffanie, from corner blog, made pretty gift tags by reusing store shopping bags.
All magazine images shown above (including as gift wrap) are from the December 2011 issue of Marie Claire.