Does the thought of wrapping presents bring you out in a cold sweat? The pressure to do justice to the perfect Christmas present adds heat to what can already be a stressful time of the year. And when to find the time?
Whether it’s huge, awkwardly shaped presents for the kids (hands up who’s resorted to pinning a bow to the top of a bike), secret Santa gifts for colleagues you want to impress, or just a gift you want to make extra-special, even neat wrapping can prove a challenge.
But creating beautiful packages can be strangely relaxing and satisfying when its done correctly. Think crisp edges, sharp corners, invisible tape holding eco-friendly wrapping paper tight around the secret inside. A well-wrapped present shows how much you care.
Our wrap-spiration is the expert folder at the Takashimaya Department Store in Japan; check out the YouTube videos to see their mesmerising speed wrapping. Their pro tricks include adding small amounts of tape as you go, and positioning the gift along a diagonal edge of the paper instead of plonking it in the centre.
Alternatively, to make things even easier, we’ve partnered with two independent paper makers – and fellow members of The Mamahood – to provide a bespoke wrapping service for all Arlette Gold gifts. Choose designs from Max Made Me Do It’s super-cute and stylish children’s range or Eleanor Bowmer’s sophisticated, colourful designs. It’s a wrap!
Choose from Eleanor Bowmer's Festive Collage and Green Leopard Print Christmas gift wraps.
Or Max Made Me Do It's Kissing Penguin, Polar and Festive Bears wrapping paper.