I am buckling down with nice collection of mostly handmade gifts to finish, then wrap and give. I love giftwrapping without buying much of anything, keeping environmentalism front and center. I’ve been saving newspapers for the last month or so and love to get Asian papers when in places that sell them – cause they look so cool, for me that means NYC. Newspaper (especially the Sunday comics), a roll of brown paper that we use to wrap purchases before shipping them out the door and kid drawings are my favorite kinds of giftwrapping paper.
Since I started knitting about a year ago, my growing collection of yarn ends make awesome ribbons – I’m drawn to knotting short lengths together to add a handful of color to packages. Alternatively it is fun to cut colorful fabric scraps into narrow strips, knot them together and use that for ribbon. Cloth ribbons are luxurious treasures sometimes found while thrifting, at tag sales, or in generous donations that come my way from friends and strangers alike. In our house there is a collection of ribbons in our gift wrap tub from previous celebrations and it is always fun to pull them out to include – along with memories of the gifts they secured in their last incarnation.
My extravagance is tape. I am a collector of colorful masking tapes and washi tapes. My favorites when I can find them are decorative paper tape. Paper tape is a little hard to work with as it requires wetting to activate the adhesive but the idea of biodegradability outweighs the additional time it takes.
As well as paper, ribbon, and tape, I learned from my father the thrill of gussying up a package with handmade gift tags, and even collaged papers added to the surface of the package making the presentation of the gift a thrill before it is even opened. Seems like this year I will have time to get to that extraneous creative and joyful practice. For that to work, I must get back to finishing up the last couple of items on my worktable so I can get to all this wrapping. I’ll post pictures of the packages all tied up with bows in the coming days.
If you come to my Procrastinator’s Sale tomorrow evening, (Friday 12/21 5-8pm) there will be a table all set up with these materials free for you to use and get your purchases gussied up and ready for giving. There will be drinks and a few snacks too!