Photo: Emma Lee
We are really excited to have a super-talented guest editor for today’s post, Twig Hutchinson. Twig is one of the top interiors/props stylists and Art Directors in her field, working for clients such as Fired Earth, Homes & Gardens, Marie Claire and The White Company (we first met on a shoot about five years ago – SC), and just has the most beautiful taste. The adorable image above is her Christmas card that she’s about to send out (that she styled and art directed). We asked her to come up with some beautiful ideas for Christmas wrapping, but taking into account how time-poor most of us mamas are, and the stresses that the festive period brings with it (Twig is herself a mama to three gorgeous little ones, so she gets it…). We absolutely loved her ideas (all styled and photographed by her own fair hand), and we hope you will too. For more interiors inspiration (and not to mention her lust-worthy house and beautifully dressed brood), follow Twig on Instagram @twighutchinson.
Sarah & Nicky xx
My top tips for wrapping the perfect Christmas Present by Twig Hutchinson
DO: Go for clashing colours and don’t be afraid to use ‘non Christmas papers’
DO: Keep going with neon. It’s still a big trend, but use it sparingly and try paring it with colour and pattern as opposed to brown paper.
DO: Invest in a really fabulous pair of sharp scissors. They make the business of wrapping so much easier. I recently invested in a pair of these bad boys from Shepherds and they are AMAZING. These are also brilliant and make a fab gift.
DON’T: Go for foliage as a present topper. Looks divine in photos and by all means go for it on your napkin, but personally when I’m unwrapping my presents on Christmas morning I don’t want to be surrounded by a pile of dried up, manky looking branches.
These are all also worth a look:
M&S Contemporary 2-in-1 Wrapping Bundle; Oliver Bonas Candy Print Wrapping Paper; Cox & Cox star wrapping paper; and this affordable paper from M&S is pretty close to neon!
Having said all that, I’m a firm believer in Christmas being a time when all taste can legitimately fly out of the window. As my uber-chic friend, Caroline recently said when I asked her about wrapping her kids’ presents: “oh, they get the super-naff thin tatt with Father Christmas on… There’s nothing stylish about Christmas at my house!”
Frankly I’m hoping all my presents come wrapped like this. I may not want dried olive branches everywhere, but glitter, sequins and pompoms is a different matter entirely. Wrap your presents as normal in brown paper, then wrap a layer of cellophane over the top of it. Before you tape up the final end, pour in glitter stars, sequins, or whatever razzle dazzle you can get your hands on. Seal up the end and add an alphabet key ring in place of a gift tag. I have bought these for all my Godchidlren from Accessorize (available in store only).
The Little Crafty Bugs Compay Star Foil Confetti, £1.85
The Little Crafty Bugs Company Neon Pom Poms, £2.02
John Lewis Glitter Washi Tape, £2.00
Docrafts Neon Ribbon, £5.00
Meri Meri Wooden Foiled Tree Decoration, £3.75
The Makery Neon Ribbon On Wooden Spool, £4.95
If like me, you are hosting Christmas this year and have a to-do list the length of Great Britain, here’s a little idea that may help on the stocking front. Chuck it in a bag and whack a sticker on it. Job done.
Party Pieces Pink Striped Candy Shop Party Bags (pack of 10), 49p
Paperchase Neon Pink Zig Zag Washi Tape, £3.00
Expensive presents require the poshest of papers. Shepherds Fine Papers and Bookbinding is the go-to place for this, and a closely guarded secret of mine, until now… For the perfect finishing touch add a beautiful ribbon from V.V Rouleaux or John Lewis.
Shepherds Chiyogami 860 Paper, £6.90
Shepherds Neon Edged Ribbon, £1.00 (per metre)
Shepherds Italian 229 Paper, £3.00
Shepherds Little Dot Paper, £4.95
Shepherds Italian 181 Paper, £3.00
Shepherds Geo Paper, only available in store
Wild at Heart
Perfect for boys and dads alike are these fabulous wildlife and woodland themed papers. Continuing the alphabet theme, these fabulous gift tags are available from M&S in pewter, gold and red. Sadly, only the red is available online.
Paperchase Kraft Reindeer Paper, £3.50
M&S Glitter Alphabet Letter Gift Tags, £1.00
Hannah Werning Kingdom Springs Wrap, £1.50
Paperchase Antler Woodland Paper, £3.50
Emily Burningham Caribou Paper, £1.65