Ultimate Christmas Gift Wrapping Guide 2016
You've found the perfect gift, now don't smother it in Sellotape. Make your presents magical with our guide to wrapping gifts this Christmas
Get organised and creative with our ultimate guide to Christmas wrapping paper- plus unique London present wrapping services that will give your gifts the wow-factor.
Traditional: Brown paper packages
John Lewis, various locations
It's got a waxy, expensive feel, it doesn't spoil like tissue paper. Make your label do the talking and wrap with butcher paper. You can buy a winter white, or live the Sound of Music dream: brown paper packages wrapped up with string.
We buy our hemp twine at Muji. And then, we might get distracted and pick up various trimmings en-route to buying our simple, sturdy paper in John Lewis.
Graphic: Present and Correct
We love Present and Correct for their back to school stationery, but turns out they're also a dab hand at present toppers, too, from string to tape to cards. Check out their graphic (in a safe for work way) take on Christmas decoration here. The Japanese washi tape, featured above, makes securing your parcels a grand style statement as well as keeping your goodies snugly covered.
Double-sided: Not on the High Street
Double-sided wrapping paper is a simple and great way to get more mileage out of one roll of paper and embark on some clever decorative folding shenanigans. Not on the High Street did it first with seller 'Dots and Spots', and these bold simple designs lend well to cheery wrapping- perfect for stocking fillers or people who you want to shower with multiple mini gifts on a theme. Online only.
On Trend: Selfridges
400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB
The humble nutcracker is having a Prince Charming moment again: Liberty's Christmas window, in association with the Royal Ballet, is themed around the exquisite Christmas ballet.
They're not the only ones who want the charming traditional tale to be their poster boy. For Nutcracker wrapping paper, Abigail Warner's whimsical design for Selfridges is released soon. Best of all, it's personalised - so your name doesn't have to be Henry.
Elaborate: William Morris at Zazzle
Zazzle is online wrapping paper giant- you want Christmas boxer dogs paper à la the John Lewis Christmas advert? They've got it. You want Christmas turkey covering with all the trimmings? They've got it. But we've dug deep and found this beautiful tissue paper in a William Morris design and other great Morris patterns on wrapping paper, from the iconic Strawberry Thief bird print to balletic swans: traditional trappings for traditional gifts.
Christmas cats: Anthropologie
Last year, Anthropologie stocked the now-iconic Christmas sprout paper. This year, their soon-to-be-viral paper takes its inspiration from the animal of the internet. Far from being a gimmick, Anthropologie's anthropomorphic cats are a sophisticated design with calm colours. This print will chime perfectly with simple brown packages under the tree. Give it a forever home here.
Prints charming: V&A shop
Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
For luxury design, the V&A museum shop sells wrap books in prints from their collections. That's books of wrapping paper folded into book form. The paper is standard sheet size (50 x 70 cm) so will cover most of your medium-sized gifts (don't use it for that new bike). These Turkish prints are a delight, with just the right amount of gold.
All that glitters: Paperchase
You're last-minute dashing to that Christmas party and you find yourself in a soulless station concourse. Luckily, Paperchase has over 10 stores in London and they're there to give you a bit of dazzle on the go- with a Victoria Station Christmas shop opening soon above their regular store. For more than enough metallic sparkle, buy this gem-spangled, garish silvery offering. Paperchase- more is definitely more.
Christmas toppings: VV Rouleaux
102 Marylebone Ln, London W1U 2QD
For ribbons and crafts to top your presents, there is nowhere in London better than beloved ribbon shop VV Rouleaux on Marylebone High Street. You won't walk past and miss it- this year the entire shop front is covered in red feathers. They have a special Christmas section on their site for ribbons: far more soothing browsing than elbowing parents in Hamley's. Our solution to this year's 'everything is made of velvet' trend? Velvet ribbons, of course.
Gift wrapping service: Wrapsody
21 Princess Road, Primrose Hill, NW1 8JR
Wrapsody in Primrose Hill is a specialist giftwrap service. They will wrap your presents beautifully for you in a number of styles, from Japanese furoshiki to glitter and bows. Their Primrose Hill store is open every day and prices start at £3. This season they've got some lovely sparkly paper in and Italian marbling. Drop your Christmas shopping off and then they will courier your wrapped gifts straight to your door.
Try and catch them as they pop up in your favourite shops:
Liberty from 12th till 24th December and Topshop Oxford Circus every week end in December, offering complimentary wrapping with every purpose. Or encourage a male in your life to go along: as Wrapsody's founder wryly notes, "they think we are heaven sent!"