Adventures in Gift Wrapping
December 21st, 2011

When we were growing up, the standard in over-the-top excess was generally held to be the Beverly Hills mansion of TV producer Aaron Spelling (above, right). And, for some reason, the symbol of this let-them-eat-cake profligacy became Mrs. Candy Spelling’s gift wrapping room (above, left).

Imagine, went the cries of disbelief, a whole room devoted to packing up gifts. Well, we figure if you happen to have 123 rooms at your disposal what’s so wrong about devoting one to giftwrap? Frankly, after yet another Christmas lead-up spent on the dining room floor wrestling unspooling ribbons and disobedient tissue, the thought of a well-ordered wrapping station is rather seductive to us.

Not that wrapping needs to be complicated, Candy-style confections. Here are three recent giftwrap ideas we spotted that we found particularly charming.

Go monochrome, with one striking accessory (above). The effect wouldn’t have been nearly as striking if the bow didn’t match the paper, and how lovely the teal color draws you to the “eye” of the peacock feather.

Follow fashion’s colors. Neon pink was a big story on the catwalks, often paired with a neutral, and look how modern the same combo looks on a present (from the windows of Bonpoint, above). The reason this works so well is that the paired ribbons are of different widths, so you get a nice play of textures as well as colors.

It really is the thought that counts. This gift (above) was for a celebration in New York, and not only is the paper a map of Manhattan, some of the destinations for the visit are marked with a red dot. You have to admit this is a pretty genius idea — and one we’re definitely filing away for future use.

As this is our last post for the merry season, we send you the happiest of holiday wishes, and let them be wrapped in good cheer!


One Response

  1. Shefali Malhoutra says:

    Another visual feast from J. Falkner. Happy holidays to all at J. Falkner and may you continue to be inspired in 2012!

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