Presentation matters and a beautifully wrapped gift, complete with personal touches, plays a starring role during the holiday season. For inspiration and tips, we've asked six local artists and stylemakers to share ideas about what makes gift wrap special. We're all in agreement: suspense and the surprise element are a major part of the fun and taking the time to create something unique makes a great first impression.
Kristin Malone Home Malone Pull Quote
I've designed New Orleans-themed wrapping papers that are printed in Louisiana. The magnolia is one of my favorites. The neutral design can be dressed up in so many ways. For these, I've tied a hand-painted wooden ornament by local artist Lorraine Gendron to each package. I believe that Southern-based artists have a story to tell and the presentation of the gift should be just as thoughtful.
Susan Zackin Z Event Company Susan Zackin
As event designers, we pride ourselves on creativity, detail and style. A uniquely wrapped gift offers a preview of what may be inside and causes excited anticipation by both the giver and receiver. With handmade silk paper and custom flowers by local artist Jacquie Hood, these decorated boxes can be kept long after the gift is opened.
Sallie Jones Scriptura Sallie Jones
Wrapping a present beautifully is just as important to me as the gift itself, because it is a wonderful way to show someone that you really care. I often pick a theme that suits the recipients and use embellishments in the ribbon that lead to the main gift enclosed. It builds excitement. Here, Italian silk screened wrapping papers are a beautiful base for accessories that are part of a perfect gift.
I love creating a gift wrap design that stands out. Every year I come up
with a new one. This year I wanted to create something modern that used the basic elements of art: line, form, texture, color, and pattern. Pattern got the boot, but all other aspects pop up on painted paper mache hat boxes that can be recycled to use later as decorative storage boxes. The round shape is unexpected and gives no hint as to what's inside, so there's no luck in guessing. Kaki Foley
I think wrapping something special for someone is part of the gift. A fun source for wrapping paper is finding an image of a favorite painting or poem. The flower and citrus embellishments that I used here can double as a gift card. I also like the challenge of repurposing elements like the ribbons from tattered fabric. Little charms like the bells add a touch of enchantment. It's fun creating some magic to share.
As an artist, I try to bring that handmade touch to my gift wrap. I enjoy thoughtfully wrapping presents, taking the time to appreciate and be grateful for the gifts we are about to give and receive. Here, I used my original gift wrap paper adorned with one of my handmade felt bird ornaments and candy cane colored ribbon. My wrap represents my youthful excitement for the holidays along with my love of homemade and handmade gifts.
This article appeared in the November 2019 Issue of Adore Magazine.