The Art of Gift Giving: How to Create a Gift Wrap Ensemble 

A dear friend of mine is having a milestone birthday. Our schedules are so erratic and won’t allow us to meet up before her big day so I decided to send her a surprise birthday package. The goal was to create a lovely package using items I already had on hand in my studio. When it comes to gift wrapping, the details can be an artform that convey a message of thoughtfulness just as much as the gift itself.  Afterall, who doesn’t appreciate a beautifully wrapped gift?


A vintage rhinestone broach is secured onto a hand tied bow.


I am mailing two separately wrapped gifts in one box. I need to explain something about one of the gifts so I enclosed a small gift card.  I cut a perfect square of wrapping paper and adhered it to a blank gift card to create a cohesive look. I was able to create a matching envelope seal using a round paper punch. This is a trick I use a lot because it adds a nice finishing touch. Afterall, it’s the details that can change something ordinary into extraordinary.


I also included a birthday greeting on a letterpress notecard that has a lovely seafoam green design that seemed to match the gift wrap perfectly. Luckily, I already had these on hand.  I have found that is a good idea to always have a bit of all purpose stationery in my studio for upcoming events and holidays or any surprises that might come my way.  My stationery stash has been a lifesaver!

These notecards are are available through Missive Press, a boutique letterpress studio in Northern California that is quickly becoming one of my favorite go-to places for blank letterpress notecards. The quality and designs are excellent and the weight of the cotton cardstock is perfect for everyday correspondence.  Missive Press definitely provides a wonderful product at an affordable price that doesn’t break the bank like some of my other favorite suppliers of letterpress stationary. You can shop Missive Press through their website or Etsy shop. I can’t wait to see what other designs they come up with for the upcoming holiday season.  I am already eyeing their Christmas gift tags.


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Since the gifts need to be mailed I decided to dress up a plain brown shipping box by lining the inside of it with a bit of gift wrap paper. This adds a little extra detail to the overall design and defiantely makes it feel like a coordinated ensemble.  Hopefully, when my dear friend opens her gift it puts a huge smile on her face. I just wish I was there to see it!


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