Nicely patterned gift boxes are a rare breed. (Trust me, I've looked.) So I was delighted to chance upon these from Georgette Packaging, which would work just as nicely for baubles and trinkets as they would for cupcakes and treats (they all come with cupcake inserts included). From top: Georgette Packaging's Scandinavian Blue Barent box (7" x 9.5" x 3.5"; also available in blue on white), $20 per package of 6; Stars of Darlington box (3.5" x 3.5" x 4"), $12 per package of 6; Ombré Pink Darlington boxes (3.5" x 3.5" x 4"), $12 per package of 6, Brika.
You could make a paper-flower garland using this kit or... Why not use the flowers as gift toppers instead? (At 56¢ US each, the price is right!) Paper Flowers Garland Kit (includes paper, string and instructions to make 25 flowers), $14, Terrain.
Shipping tag shape, graph pattern, a sticker — this gift label is so much more than the sum of its parts. Graph shipping tag stickers (1.75" x 3"), $5 US per package of 10 (2 each of 5 colours), Letter C Design.
I think I may have a scissor fetish. But how could you not covet these, with their sand-cast brass handles and hand-forged, tempered steel blades? Large gold Rupalee Scissors (8.5"), $49 US, Urbanic Paper Boutique.
I'm a sucker for products that come in a rainbow of colours. When they're displayed in all their chromatic glory, I just want to buy the whole collection. Of course, then you buy just one, and it's never as nice when you get the item home, removed from its technicolored companions.
The rich colours of these hemp cords and twines, though, are pretty drool-inducing. I may just have to splurge on several rolls. Hemptique cord and twine, approx. $5 per roll, available at various retailers, including Kid Icarus (Toronto), Hemp Trend and Write to Me.
I adore glitter. What I don't like is the way it gets all over the freakin' place. Not a problem with these sparkling, chocolate-brown gift boxes — the glitter doesn't rub off. Not one bit. Seriously. Chocolate Diamonds cylinder gift boxes (5" x 5½"), $2.70 each, Creative Bag.+ Image courtesy Creative Bag
While the price tag of this tape dispenser is a hefty £120, its stunning style is right up there too. Cast concrete and spun copper are as utilitarian as the desk item, yet so freakin' gorgeous. Can one fall in love with a tape dispenser? Akita tape dispenser, £120, Plant & Moss.
Made in Nepal from the renewable fibers of the lokta plant, lokta paper is not only one of the nicer papers to wrap with because of its lightness, these sheets also boast stunning repeat patterns reminiscent of Middle Eastern tile work. Left to right: Lokta Red Blossom Circles on Blue Fine Paper, $4.95 US per sheet (20 1/4" x 29 3/4"), Purple Swirl Ornament On Natural Fine Paper, $6.50 US per sheet (22" x 30'), Green & Gold Tile Pattern On Natural Fine Paper, $6.50 US per sheet (20" x 30"), Paper Source.
Whether for party favours or just sharing some extra cookies with coworkers, these food-safe treat bags make a tiny treat extra sweet. The set comes with grease-resistant liner papers to protect the bag from stains, and printed stickers for sealing. A Tweet for You Treat Bags by Studio Oh, $5.99 per package of 6, Indigo.
Even if you'd like to stick with traditional cream and gold for a wedding present, why not expand beyond florals and go for a mod stripe? Angled in various directions, these stripes make for a dynamic design. Gold Bandeau Eco-Luxe handmade 100 percent cotton paper, $5 US per 21" x 29" sheet, Luxe Paperie.
I stopped by The Paper Place this afternoon to check out their super sale (don't miss it — tons of great deals this week!), and I came across this fabulous fabric sticker paper from Korean company Daily Like. The entire sheet is fabric with an adhesive back so you can cut any-shape sticker you want. It comes in several pretty patterns, including this floral one, which is my favourite. I got caught up in looking at the sale items, but I'm going to have to go back and get this — can't stop thinking of it!
I covet everything that is Fog Linen, including these striped cotton and ombré linen tapes (tapes in the dressmaking sense — they're not adhesive, so essentially they're ribbon). Trio of striped cotton twill tapes in brown, blue and red, $14 US (5 metres each). Ombré chambray linen tape,$26 US (1.5 cm wide), $34 US (2.5 cm), each per package of 6 colours (3 metres of each).
Are you dying for winter to be over as much as I am? While there's still another whole month to go until spring, I'm already dreaming of when the magnolias start to bloom. On the next street over from me, there's a magnolia tree three stories high that takes up one home's entire front yard; I've heard rumours that the owners throw a party every year to celebrate the tree and the new season. The week or so that the tree is in bloom, I have my own ritual, taking many a detour so I can walk past it and enjoy the magnolias in their full glory. Until the early spring flowers bloom though, I'll have to settle for admiring this less-fragrant but just as enchanting wrapping paper. Magnolia wrapping paper (2 sheets per roll; correspondence card and gift tag also available), Caskata (find retailers here).
I have always been obsessed with label makers—they help me keep up the fantasy that I'm actually organized—and now there's a new one I'm pining over: Motex's embossing label maker, with its vibrantly coloured tape. Do you remember that episode of the Simpsons when Bart goes around labelling everything "Property of Bart Simpson"? This is that type of labeller, a retro no-batteries-required gadget, and it's a fun way to make gift tags. Now I'm on the hunt for a retailer in Canada that carries it! Motex embossing label maker, $17.95 AUD, and embossing label tape, $3.95 AUD per roll, Lark.