Photography by Michael Wiltbank

produced by  ANNA KOCHARIAN
photography by  MICHAEL WILTBANK

We’re all for giving the traditional holiday gift wrap a bit of an update. Sure, the classically meticulous store-wrap has its perks, but a few personal touches never hurt. So we set out to give the standard holiday package a slight revamp. Take a look!

tiny tree toys … FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE


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For the extra special gift under the tree (we’re talking the small and jeweled variety, ahem) an equally memorable gift wrap is just the thing. String the gift atop a delicate ornament – bonus points for ones that stand on their own – for the best surprise!

What You’ll Need

  • tree ornaments or tiny figurines (toy cars and sleds work too!)
  • sturdy string or thin, gold wire
Photography by Michael Wiltbank

brown paper packages … TO BE SEALED AND DELIVERED

There’s nothing quite like receiving packages in the mail – and the ones around the holidays are always a bit more special. We’re all for elevating the classic brown-papered package with a few dainty touches. Take a look!


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What You’ll Need

  • kraft paper (or solid wrapping paper)
  • vintage postage stamps
  • ribbons
Photography by Michael Wiltbank

a tropical punch … JUST FOR THE KIDS

Let the little ones join in on the fun, with a playful collection of gift wrap accessories. Wrap the packages and let them stamp away!

What You’ll Need


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  • solid wrapping paper ( we used the backside of a printed one
  • )jungle stamp set
  • gift tags
  • washi tape
Photography by Michael Wiltbank

paper baggies … FOR SWEETS & TREATS

A crafty pouch to hold those infamous holiday cookies

What You’ll Need

  • brown paper bags or wax paper bag
  • twine
  • thin gold wire
  • decorative elements (we used mini ornaments and fresh herbs such as twine and sage)
  • hole puncher

Instruction Fold down the top flap of the baggies (about 1 inch) and hole punch two holes and string the twine through. If you’re using herbs, gather a small handful and wrap the thin gold wire around the base of the bunch. Attach the herb cluster to the baggies with the twine.


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If using the ornaments, string a couple along the thin gold wire, and twist to attach to the twine.

Photography by Michael Wiltbank

holiday toppers … FOR THE OFFICE EXCHANGE

Treat a basic package to a few festive touches, with a slew of fit toppers. Candy canes and cinnamon sticks always make the best (scented!) pair.

What You’ll Need


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  • kraft paper
  • twine
  • washi tape
  • toppers (we used various herbs, leftover pine from a tree trimming, and a few seasonal sweets)