I don't know about you, but I've decided that it's time to make an effort with my gift wrapping. This Christmas, there won't be any naff gift bags, shiny ribbons or festive printed paper; instead I'll be presenting perfectly wrapped parcels that will hopefully look too good to open.
I love the idea of using simple brown paper to wrap my gifts. Then to add the finishing touches, tying a piece of twine around the centre and adding a handmade gift tag. Or taking inspiration from Hege in France and adding freshly foraged natural decorations.
Simplicity is the key here. You're going for brown paper packages tied up in string, and colourful ribbons don't fit in with this natural aesthetic. I love the idea shown above, but perhaps adapting this a little and using a plain square of black card with a message wrote in gold pen would be more practical for frantic Christmas mornings.
If you're not a brown paper fan, try a matte white, or seek out a subtly seasonal printed gift wrap from somewhere like Hay. Marbled, chevron or spotted prints in black, white, silver and gold tones won't scream CHRISTMAS, but they're suitably stylish and hint at the festive season.