5 ways to wrap up for Christmas

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I wrap dozens of presents every Christmas, for my friends and family, and of course as props for festive photoshoots, and I love to make each one a little bit different from the last. If you get creative with how you prepare your gifts they’ll look fantastic sat under the tree – or even dotted round the house to add some festive style to every room…

1. Trim up brown paper

This is my favourite way to wrap presents: encase all the gifts in brown parcel paper, then spend your time rummaging through your ribbon collection, or using whatever string, wool or scraps of fabric you have to hand.

Kraft brown wrapping paper, 70cm x 8m, £2, Hobbycraft.  Personalised stocking, £34.50, Flossie & Bumble.

Black grosgrain ribbon with white stitching, £2.75 for 3m, Jane Means.

2. Choose hand-made paper (or make your own!)

I spent the day with Zoe from Wrapped by Alice a couple of years ago styling her family home for a Christmas feature, and I fell in love with her hand-made paper designs, so do check her out. We tried doing it ourselves here at Jones HQ last year and I have to say it wasn’t as easy as Zoe makes it look, though it definitely appealed to Mr Jones’ sense of creativity (and need for order!).

 Red Deer hand printed wrapping paper, 50cm x 70cm, £2.75, Wrapped by Alice

 Gift tag, £2.25 for 5, Wrapped by Alice

Turtle Dove wrapping paper, £8 for a 2m roll, Wrapped by Alice

3. Prepare goody bags

This is a really good choice for those awkward, odd-shaped gifts – and who doesn’t love a goody bag? Loosely wrap your gift in tissue paper or simply pop some on top for the speediest of wrapping ideas.

Plain white bags, around £2.95 for 25, Amazon, ready to be hand-stamped or decorated as you wish. 

Similar (plain) jute bags, from £2.10 each, Isle Pac (contact the company for personalised bags).

4. Make it sparkle

Look out for ribbon and trim that will add a little magic under the flickering flames of candlelight. And if you really want to go to town, finish with a vintage brooch to give a gift inside and out.

There are lots of metallic trim options on Etsy 

Hunt out vintage brooches in charity shops, at car boot sales or on eBay.

5. Coordinate your colours

A colour theme tied in with your other decorations will make your home instantly Instagram-worthy, just like The Vintage House that Could (below), which I had the pleasure of styling for an editorial feature.

You can shop by colour at Pipii which supplies all sorts of decorations that you can coordinate with your choice of wrapping paper – Zazzle and Paperchase have a good selection. 

naomi jones

Hi, I’m naomi jones, a freelance interiors writer and stylist, and mum to Lillie-Mae. For many years I was the features editor at Period Living, but after spending a year with my daughter after she was born in 2011, I figured a freelance life would allow me to be with her as much as possible while giving me the freedom to keep up with my passion for styling and writing about people’s homes.
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As an interiors writer and stylist specialising in real home features for interiors magazines, I get to travel all over Europe to style people's homes, so on this blog I'm going to be sharing some of the lovely homes I visit, as well as the locations that I end up in.

I'm also passionate about good food, nature, art, urban design and architecture so there'll be the odd smattering of posts that relate to what I get up to on my days off, whether on my own or with my family, Mr Jones and Lillie-Mae, and Daisy pup.

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