You may have found the perfect presents for your family and friends, but your Santa duties aren’t over quite yet. Make your loved ones feel extra-special by presenting them with beautifully wrapped, one-of-a-kind packages — and don’t wait until the last minute. To get you inspired, we asked a few of our favorite designers how they make their gifts the prettiest under the tree. We’ll give you a hint: you’re going to need to stock up on ribbons, tags and bows!
design expert and author of Decorate Fearlessly
I love to put a lot of effort into the gift tags, especially since I’m not a very proficient wrapper! The gift tag instantly adds an elegant, if not old-fashioned, touch to the presentation. I love ones that tie with a pretty ribbon, and I especially like to use oversized tags. The theme does not have to be to holiday. In fact, I prefer images of flowers or birds.
Instead of using wrapping paper for gifts, I’m a big believer in buying lots of festive gift bags in every kind of size and reusing them every year. Of course, I add fresh tissue paper inside each year. This method not only saves time but a lot of paper!
interior designer and author of An Affair with A House
I always keep it simple! Unwrapped craft-paper boxes tied with a pretty plaid, striped or bright turquoise ribbon are always chic and easy.
interior designer and author of Timeless Style
Each year, I pick one theme that reflects how I’m feeling that Christmas, and I carry it through to my decor and right down to my gift wrapping. Whether it’s classic red and green or a more neutral white and bronze combination with natural burlap ribbon and gift tags with twine, I like that I can easily mix and match the paper and accessories.
I love to embellish presents with a little extra gift on top, such as a tree ornament. I tie it on the outside with a lovely tag and ribbon — and it makes the gift look really special.