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:

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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.

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

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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 mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk 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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