Much needed advice and inspiration

I have my book review hat on again today (how I wish I had an actual hat for that…). The lovely folks at Jacqui Small Publishing have sent me a copy of Giftwrapped by Jane Means to take a look at:


How enticing do those gifts on the cover look? It could be lavender scented bath cubes and a set of naff floral note cards under all that lovely paper & trim, and you would still be knocked out by the fabulous generosity of the giver…

As I get older, and don’t get quite the huge pile of Christmas presents that I used to, I really appreciate pretty wrapping that adds to the ‘special treat’ effect. I love that feeling that someone has put a real effort into making a wrapped gift look beautiful, just for you.


I am a clumsy wrapper though – I get panicky when faced with anything more complicated than a regular box to wrap – and need all the help I can get. So, what’s brilliant about this book is that, by the end of it I was convinced that wrapping gifts could actually become fun and creative, instead of just a bit of a chore.  One of my favourite little sections is all about labels:


There are so many fab ideas here – many of them fairly achievable with your standard craft kit. I would *never* have thought of the idea of punching holes in 2 sides of a gift tag and then threading ribbon through the holes and wrapping it round the present…

And I love the feature on wedding favours – it’s all so imaginative:


The photos in Giftwrapped are inspirational, with moodboards and guides to the different kinds of papers, trims and embellishments you can collect together to use for wrapping.


But there’s also loads of step-by-step, clearly photographed projects demonstrating different wrapping techniques:


Wouldn’t it be great if some sewing books were illustrated this clearly?!

I can’t recommend this book highly enough if you want to take some of the stress out of present wrapping (because lets face it, we all have to do a fair bit of it!) and even start enjoying the creativity of it all. If you fancy getting yourself a copy, there is a discount code especially for Very Berry readers, to be used as follows:

To order Giftwrapped at the discounted price of £16.00 including p&p* (RRP: £20.00), telephone 01903 828503 or email and quote the offer code APG252. *UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

One thought on “Much needed advice and inspiration

  1. I confess, I m a lapsed wrapper. Somewhere between leaving home and meeting hubby, who wraps with a bag, but gives mind bogglingly thoughtful gifts, and having kids and adjusting my wrapping style to suit their clumsy fingers, I lost my touch. This book looks really fun! I shall look for it.

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