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IT’S A W R A P Unique gift-wrapping brings joy and meaning to the season

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ure, it’s the thought that counts, but whether it’s a Christmas, Hanukkah or hostess gift, wrapping a present prettily adds an extra note of appreciation to even the most modest offering. E S PECIALLY FOR YOU “It gives you an opportunity to create an experience—regardless of what the present is,” says gift-wrapping expert Corinna vanGerwen. “You can take something as impersonal as a gift card, and embellish it to reflect the recipient. My father is very much into nature, for example, so I always use something like a feather or some greenery for him.” PE R SONAL YET PRACTICAL Personalization needn’t mean a lot of time, or expense. In fact, there can be an almost factory approach to it, says

vanGerwen, who suggests using inexpensive but substantial kraft paper to wrap multiple gifts. (A 1,125-foot roll costs about $35 from Staples). She cautions against using bargain paper that’s too thin, as it tends to tear easily. ADOR N M E NTS TO ADOR E Gifts can then be customized with accents, including twine ribbons, small bells or ornaments. Fresh greenery is a nice touch, but faux flowers or branches cut into small sprigs also work. Look for affordable options at a dollar store. Kraft paper colours now come in many colours—including black, a personal favourite of vanGerwen. DE E P TON E S “Some people find it off-putting. But it really makes things pop,” she says, pointing out that inky shades are especially sophisticated when paired with ribbon—preferably velvet—in tone-on-tone blacks, midnight blues, charred greys, and merlot reds. S PLAS H E S OF S PAR KLE Shimmer and shine never seem to go out of style for the holidays. U.K.-based gift expert Jane Means likes this look when it’s elegant rather than over-the-top, so she often combines glittery metallics paired with white or other very subtle tones. PLEAS I NG PLAI DS Plaids are another holiday staple. Using paper from Winners, Marshalls and HomeSense, Means played with traditional tartan, moose motifs, wired and burlap ribbon, and faux-wood gift tags.

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