Wrap up gifts in these trends
How to get perfect corners and more pro tips
Gift stylist Corinna vangerwen, who provides professional gift styling services for brands and companies, provides a few trends and tips that make you look like a pro.
While gift wrapping trends don’t seem to move as fast as fashion, there are some that vanGerwen is seeing as she sources materials for her projects.
“I think there’s starting to be more of a move towards richer colours, more opulent textures and particularly for the holidays, you start seeing more shimmer,” she explains. Warm metallics and deep, rich hues, like forest green and rose are finding their way to paper design.
Black is an unexpected hue that people may be shy of using for the holidays, but it works well with gold. “Black with dark green velvet ribbon is stunning,” she says.
Floral patterns are also hot right now. These aren’t your
traditional poinsettia, but a little more modern and unexpected.
For toppers, vangerwen likes to add a sprig of cedar, fir or other seasonal greenery. Flowers, both paper or real, can also be used, depending on the style you’re looking to achieve. And then there’s ribbon.
“One of my go-to ribbons is grosgrain,” says vangerwen. “It’s inexpensive, it comes in hundreds of different colours, you can find it almost anywhere and it works really nicely.”
And if you absolutely can’t stand wrapping? Use a box. Vangerwen points to the patterned boxes you can find. Tie a ribbon and you’re done.
CONTRIBUTED When wrapping, messy corners can be a frustration. However, gift stylist Corinna vangerwen says this comes from two things: too much paper and not pulling the paper tight enough around the box.
“As long as you cut the right size of paper and are folding it smoothly and tightly along the box, you should be fine,” she says. Double-sided tape is favoured so you can hide it on the inside, rather than it showing along the seam. Though if you have a fun washi tape with a pattern, you might want it to show.
In this case, vangerwen will put the seam on the top of the gift, rather than the bottom, so the tape becomes a little feature detail.
For hard-to-wrap items, use her special technique: “Layer two to four sheets of tissue paper, place gift on the corner and roll it like a burrito.”