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!
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
|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, Etsy||Buy: £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 bells||Grab 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 ribbon||Team 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 tags||Add 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 papers||Shiny 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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