It's a wrap! How to present your presents this Christmas

If ever there were a time to indulge your love of frills, furbelows and colour-coordination, it's now. Get wrapping!

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Mumsnetters' top wrapping theme tips




"A couple of years ago I printed out some Christmas Carol sheet music to use with red twine and bells."

"I made tiny Christmas stocking out of felt with a snowflake on front and the persons name on the white bit at the top instead of labels one year - they were just big enough for a Quality Street."

"One year my very creative DD wrapped presents in white paper with silver sparkly bits, red ribbon, and a tiny white fluffy feather and a little silver bell. They were too nice to open."



"I wrap my presents in a theme for each family; this year one is having different coloured snowmen, one candy canes and another Santas (easier for posting presents and sorting them into each box)."

"It's not hard or expensive to do a theme, you just need to buy or make enough matching paper, ribbon and tags to wrap every gift. I have put mine together from supermarkets, Tiger etc. Lots of shops sell coordinating stuff anyway, if you want a theme without a fuss."

"The DC's Santa presents are a different colour for each. DS noticed last year that the paper had changed - same colour but different pattern - so I went out and bought enough to last until he no longer believes!"



"This year I'm doing brown parcel paper with a paper snowflake stuck on. Then I have a mixture of twine, red velvet ribbon, other ribbons, mini bells... and brown luggage tags, alphabet rubber stamps and black ink to stamp the recipients name on."

"I do different paper for each child for stockings, so it is easy to see whose is whose late at night without turning lights on (this paper has to be kept well hidden, and be completely different from any other paper we use). Then deliberately non-matching paper for presents under the tree, because I like there to be a nice jumble of different colours and patterns under there."


Cute and kitsch

Full of character



Adorable hat-wearing sprouts - just add contrasting ribbon and you're good to go Spiderman AND Christmas! A winning combo for little (and big) kids.
Buy:  £3.50 for 3m, Paperchase Buy: £2 for 4m, The Works

Minimal and chic

Effortlessly elegant



Psst - if you worry chalk's too messy, gold or silver pen would be equally striking
One for the grown-ups - shimmering paper which surfs this year's coppery zeitgeist
Buy: £5.43 for 15ft, EtsyBuy: £4.50 for 5m, John Lewis

Delicate silver bells

A sweet finishing touch



Add a little Christmas cheer to a simple scheme with these tiny bellsGrab some mini candy canes and tie them to each gift for a retro feel 
Buy: £6.50 for 10, Cox and Cox
Buy: £2.24 for 24, Amazon

Perfect for a homespun look

Bold fabric ribbon



Festive twine - a pleasingly Scandi update on traditional ribbonTeam with brown craft paper for a classic, stylish theme
Buy: £4, NotOnTheHighStreet
Buy: £4.50, NotOnTheHighStreet

Personalised gift tags

Christmas stamp set



Made to order from wood, these tiny tags are a smart alternative to gift tagsAdd some personality to your presents with a selection of themed stamps
Buy: £1 each, Etsy
Buy: £4, The Works

Stylish but easy

Festive and fun



Cut out the faff with this three-pack of classic coordinated papersShiny enough to delight kids, and enjoyably kitsch for adults too
Buy: £6 for 4.5m, Marks & Spencer
Buy: £2.25 for 4m, Debenhams


Prices correct as of 08/12/15


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