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It's a wrap

Our gift wrapping guide for the perfect Christmas present

From shiny lip glosses to the latest hair care products, we all love finding beauty treats under the Christmas tree. And although you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, a well wrapped gift with some glitter and sparkle is more exciting to open. Check out our gift wrapping guide for hot tips on presenting the perfect present.

Money saving tips

If you’re on a budget or you’ve splashed all your cash on expensive presents, opt for brown paper and red ribbon. You can even use wall paper, comics, old maps, magazines and newspaper. ( Just make sure there’s no coffee ring stains before you start…)

Rather than spend all your money on expensive bows from card shops, try visiting a haberdashery in a department store. They sell lots of pretty buttons, bows and ribbons which can be used to decorate your gifts.

Sweets, chocolates and make up palettes can be wrapped in kitchen foil, with ribbons tied around the top. Giving your gift a ‘space age’ effect, the shiny foil will really stand out under the tree.

You can use a gold pen, some black card and last year’s recycled wrapping to make some funky new gift tags. Be careful you check the paper first though- nobody will appreciate a gift that says ‘with love from Auntie Anne’ scrawled across the back!

Put smaller gifts inside empty toilet rolls and wrap them in Christmas paper, twisting at the ends. Voila! You’ve got your very own homemade Christmas crackers.

Decoration tips

For the perfect Christmas gift for her, your present needs a bit of sparkle and decoration. Coloured curling ribbon can be bought in any store during the festive season. Just run the blunt end of the scissors down the ribbon to create the perfect curling effect.

Get creative with natural products like holly, shells, pebbles, bow tie pasta and pine cones. You can tie them to your gifts with a string of red ribbons for a quirky looking gift.

Scan copies of your favourite photographs to use as gift wrap for a truly unique present. If you’re not technical enough to do it on your home PC you can take it into a photography store. Alternatively just use Polaroid snapshots as gift tags.

Experiment with textures like velvet and fabric. The choice of wrapping paper is always expanding but you can also use old clothing to make decorative flowers or ribbons.