Merry Christ­mas

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All wrapped up – the YH&G team share their top tips for gor­geous gifts

I hit up my lo­cal fabric store when they have a good sale and col­lect scraps of fabric to tie my presentsin the Ja­pa­nese furoshiki style. I love to choose pat­terns that workto­gether and aren’t tra­di­tion­ally ‘Christ­massy’. I also wrap bot­tles of wine in fabric and tie themoff with a dec­o­ra­tion.CATHER­INE, STYLE DI­REC­TOR I keep it sim­ple at Christ­mas – clas­sic brown pa­per, some rib­bon or twine (no tape) and I use a set of al­pha­betstamps to print the names of my fam­ily mem­bers on their gifts in red ink. It looks sweet and old-fash­ioned,like a gift from the 1940s. SALLY, WRITER & SUB ED­I­TOR I tend to leave my wrap­ping to the last minute. But when I get around to it, I like to use a mix of pa­pers – usu­ally a sim­ple colour com­bined with a beau­ti­ful print. I use nat­u­ral twine for ty­ing, then add a hand­writ­ten note for each fam­ily mem­ber.I love wrap­ping presents neatly, mak­ing sure the seam is un­der­neath, but never tie them with rib­bon, even though I have lots of it in a box (it never seems to go with the pa­per!). Then I get the kidsto make me gift tags out of last year’s cards and at­tach them withrib­bon or nat­u­ral string.STEPHANIE, CHIEF SUB ED­I­TOR I’m no­to­ri­ously bad at wrap­ping presents, so much so that I avoid the task al­to­gether. I usu­ally opt for a gift bag, but this year I’m feel­ing in­spired by our ‘30 steps to a sus­tain­able cel­e­bra­tion’ (page 52) and will use cloth bags that the re­cip­i­ent can use as a shop­ping bag af­ter­wards. On the day, I’ll head into the gar­den to find a spe­cial bloom for eachper­son and tie it to their gift with string. I save all the A3 paint­ings and draw­ings the kids do at school through­out the year and wrap pressies in those – peo­ple love the per­sonal touch and it re­quires very lowef­fort from me! SHEL­LEY, ED­I­TO­RIALDI­REC­TORI’m all about us­ing free or reused pa­per. Each year, I love the gift wrap that comes with the YH&G De­cem­ber is­sue, and this year’s prints are par­tic­u­larly cute! Plus they come with match­ing cards and gift tags so my wrap­ping is sorted.FIONA, FEA­TURES ED­I­TORKRISTINA, ED­I­TORFIONA, ART DI­REC­TOR

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