holiday decorating guide: gift wrapping!
Posted in christmas ideas, handmade December 9th, 2008 by piablog

This will be my final post of the holiday gift guide and holiday decorating guide series. It’s been lots of fun putting these together. When I decided to do a guide I had loads of ideas and intentions but alas, time ran out! and I haven’t been able to post about everything I wanted (i.e I would like to have put together some ideas for decorating and making wreaths, and look at alternatives to traditional christmas trees and traditional decorating ideas). But this first series has given me plenty of inspiration and guidance for the next one, so this time next year, be sure to come back for more of the good stuff!

For now, let’s finish up by wrapping our presents, shall we?

Above are two of my favourite finds for holiday gift wrap this year. Left is the most fabulous wrapping paper by earth greetings. It is made from chlorine-free, 100% post-consumer recycled paper, and is printed with vegetable ink. Made in Australia, AUS$4.50. For online stockists click here. More of earth greetings wrapping paper are also available online at pulp creative paper and biome.

On the right, royal buffet does it again! those girls are so clever. I love these tags. $5 for a set of four.

clockwise from top left:

1. the above mentioned tags, just can’t get enough of them.

2. super stylish upcycled tags. $2 for a set of 5 from Marang97.

3. printable, giftable snowflake wreath stationery that you can print over and over again. What a gorgeous idea! It’s from blue tricycle. just $4.

4. i think these little elf holiday cards are super gorgeous. $13 for 6 from ghost kitten.

5. simple song’s holiday gift package $12, click here to check out what you will receive in the package.

I love wrapping gifts in cloth – no sticky tape needed, no fussing – just some lovely vintage ribbon or string wrapped around and around to secure your wrapping et voilà! instant gift wrap that doubles as an extra gift. On the left, is the very stunning japanese flower printed cotton from Australian etsy seller japanese treasures. 50cm x 57cm, $3.90.

On the right, limited edition protea print fabric by West-Australian based designer Danielle Smeets. $7 for a panel measuring 35cm x 45cm. Available from of paper and thread.

I love string! and beautiful beads. clockwise from top left:

1. & 2. natural string from baileys, various prices.

3. a ball of natural flax wet-spunlinen thread, 2-ply. $4.75 from namolio (also check out her range of fabric buttons – yum).

4. fossil mammoth beads from courtney tripp’s shop $44 for two. read more about these special beads here.

and last but not least, handmade story beads, 10 per pack, $5 from field and sea. incredibly gorgeous, wouldn’t you love a couple of these attached to your gift?


that’s it my dear friends, that’s. a wrap. 🙂

I do hope you’ve enjoyed this series, and I hope you’ve found loads of great gifts for your friends and family (and you!), as well as found inspiration along the way. I could keep going! But there is much to do and share with you.

Next up: oooh I think you’re gonna love it…


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  1. cindy k says

    yes, i love it all!

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  2. aran says

    what a great post… decorating and gift wrapping s my favorite part of christmas. well and baking, and cooking and watching other people lights… but i really do love to gift wrap and this is a great selection. thank you!

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  3. katiecrackernuts says

    Pia, I have so enjoyed your festive finds. I love gift wrapping. My nan was a champ at it. I’d sit under the tree before Christmas day fingering the ribbon and trinkets she’d attached to each parcel. She’d make ribbon roses and all sorts of things to decorate each parcel. It was magic. I do like to spend time wrapping my parcels and love thinking up the “theme”.

    Thank you for your comments on my blog. I am still thinking and have been so buoyed and heartened by all the good will and comments and thoughts people have sent my way.

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  4. kosenrufu mama says

    i love it!!!!

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  5. Mary-Laure says

    Thank you, sweet Pia, for these wonderfully elegant and original gift guides.

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  6. Tartelette says

    I don’t think there is any part of Christmas that I don’t like but I love wrapping and making presents look different…like the first part of the present is the wrapping. I absolutely drool over each of your lists!!

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  7. pia says

    thanks girls!! it’s been heaps of fun doing these guides and I’m thrilled that you have each got something out of them. It’s alot of work but so worth it! I just wish I could included everyone’s pieces that I love within them, but I will continue to do so throughout the year.


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  8. Danielle says

    a most inspiring series!!

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  9. Shannon says

    Wonderful! I love the idea of wrapping with fabric and just the beautiful touches you’ve shown here. Thank you!

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  10. mollie says

    thanks so much, pia! your gift guides have been lovely!

    December 10th, 2008 | #


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  12. The Lil Bee says

    These are all such clever ideas! I love the Japanese fabric, the butterflies, and the story beads best of all.

    December 13th, 2008 | #

  13. Nicky says

    Hi Pia… know this comment is a little late, but been nuts since Christmas. I own Pulp Creative Paper along with my business partner and we would be so very happy for you to let us know when ever you need paper, ribbon or beautiful stationery. We are more than happy to give it to you to create beautiful things with. We are are bursting at the seems at the moment with so many amazing items from the trade fairs, most of them Australian made and designed. Hope to see you soon.

    March 23rd, 2009 | #

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