Dapper Client Gifts for a Menswear Retailer

Sartorial houndstooth gift wrapping | Wanted to share some recent work that I did for a client. I wrapped this batch of gifts for Harry Rosen, which was sending them out to some of its clients.

The packaging is straightforward — paper and ribbon — but I'm really happy with the tailored simplicity of the combination. The paper is Harry Rosen's signature houndstooth pattern (I wish I could have some for myself!), and I paired it with chocolate brown grosgrain ribbon. A doubled half-bow adds interest. I think he gifts turned out really well!

The client thinks so too:

“Corinna’s work is incredible. Our order was very last minute and she was able to fill our request both professionally and in a timely manner. The process was seamless and easy, and her work was wonderful and creative!” — Natalie Skocaj, Social Media & Public Relations Coordinator, Harry Rosen

Sartorial houndstooth gift wrapping |

Sartorial houndstooth gift wrapping |


Sartorial houndstooth gift wrapping |

Sartorial houndstooth gift wrapping |


I'm Moving!

Miniture toy truck moving a gift
Miniture toy truck moving a gift

Save the date! On Nov. 3, 2016, this blog will be moving over to

Update your feeds, bookmarks, blogrolls and whatever else it is you use to follow along.

You may recognize the Gift Horse + Co. name from my newsletter, as well as my brief foray into providing wrapping subscription boxes. I have big plans for building the Gift Horse + Co. brand, starting with merging it with my blog.

I'll be moving over all the best content from this site, and adding lots more inspiring DIY projects and how-to wrapping guides to the new site.

Thank you for reading and supporting me here — I hope you'll join me in my new home!

Eye-Catching Peacock-Feather Gift Wrapping [Custom Gift Packaging Services]

Custom gift packaging for Tavanberg Communications: Peacock feathers and teal wrapping | by Corinna vanGerwen, gift stylist When I design custom gift packaging, I start with the company's branding — any gift they give, whether to a client, potential client, staff or vendor, has to reflect who they are, as well as surprise and delight the recipient. After all, corporate gift giving is about building relationships and making sure people remember you and your company.

When my friends at Tavanberg Communications, a content agency here in Toronto, asked me to wrap a couple of gifts for their clients, I knew immediately what colour palette and motif I wanted to use.

Their corporate colour is teal and they use peacock imagery on their website and throughout their promotional materials. Their slogan — Storytelling that gets you noticed — meant they needed packaging that was as captivating as the content they create for their clients.

For Tavanberg's gifts, I selected a matte teal paper and bold grosgrain ribbons, pairing them with peacock feathers. While the feathers are quite luxurious, I wanted to keep the paper and ribbons modern to match the Tavanberg brand. Now the company has a branded packaging look that's flexible enough to be used for all their corporate gift giving — and it's sure to get them noticed!

Giving client gifts of your own? Contact me to have branded gift packaging created for your business!

Custom gift packaging for Tavanberg Communications: Peacock feathers and teal wrapping | by Corinna vanGerwen, gift stylist


Easter Gift Wrapping Tips on House & Home

Easter Gift | HandH-easterOnce again the wonderful folks at House & Home decided to interview me for some gift-wrapping ideas. This time I'm sharing some Easter-themed ideas and tips. Some I've shared here before, but there are some new ideas too. Check it out here.

[Video] How to Wrap: Rectangles, Squares, Cylinders + Awkward Shapes


[youtube] Here's a look at my most recent project: a holiday gift wrapping video that I did for GEICO. While the tips aren't entirely mine, the video offers a good basic guide to any shaped gift you might come across. I did the styling and hand modelling (#secondcareer?). Thank you to the wonderful art director Kevin, videographer/editor Jason, assistant Jared and producer Jenn — it was such a fun shoot to be on!

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How to Make Gift Wrapping Stress Free — My Tips on House &

7 Tips To Make Holiday Gift Wrapping Stress-Free Check it! I'm thrilled to be featured on House & sharing my tips on how to make gift wrapping stress-free this holiday season. There are some real gems in the story, if I do say so myself!

Special thanks to writer and editor Stacy Lee Kong for thinking of me and inviting me to share my tips with House & Home readers.

New Pinterest Board: Brown Paper Packages


Brown Paper Packages | Follow Corinna vanGerwen's board on Pinterest A small FYI for all you Pinners out there looking for more gift wrapping inspiration: I've started adding more gift wrapping boards to my collection. In addition to my general Gift Wrap and Packaging board, I've also created a pin board for Brown Paper Packages (there's just so many great ideas for wrapping with kraft paper!) as well as one filled with ideas on how to wrap foods and drinks.

Be sure to click over and follow me on Pinterest!

The Gift Wrapping Newsletter Returns


DIY Tulle gift topper (detail) Want even more gift wrapping tips than what you'll find here on the CorinnaWraps blog? Sign up for my newsletter!

The newsletter has been on hiatus for a little while, but it returns this weekend with an advance preview of a tutorial for the dreamy DIY gift topper you see above.

Every edition also features exclusive tips you won't find on the blog, plus news of events and more.

Sign up by Friday at midnight [Update: That'd be midnight Eastern Time] so you don't miss out!

Wedding Month on the Blog


Wedding Month on the Corinna Wraps blogIt's that time of year again — Wedding Month on the Corinna Wraps blog! Throughout June, in addition to all the regular blog posts, I will also be sharing wedding-themed gift wrapping ideas, from products to DIY projects to inspirational ideas. If you have a wedding to attend this summer, this is where you'll find pretty ideas on how to wrap your gift for the special couple. A bride yourself? (Congratulations!) I'll also have some ideas for wedding favours if that's still on your bridal to-do list. To kick things off, check out a few posts from the archives:

Lace Envelope Band+ Giving cash? Here's how to dress up the envelope with lace.
Charitable Donation Wedding Favours, closeup+ For the couple who wants to make a charitable donation in lieu of giving thank you favours, here's a nice way to let your guests know of your generosity.
+Wedding Medallion detail Personalize your gift with a portrait of the bride and groom with this DIY project.
Spring Watermark-Tissue Wreath+ Looking for a pretty way to decorate for your wedding or a bridal shower? Purchase one (or a few!) of my DIY wreath kits.

Blog Anniversary! Top 5 Posts of All Time

Well, waddaya know? Another year of writing the Corinna Wraps blog has gone by. Today the blog turns three! To celebrate, here are the five most popular posts of all time:

My Television Debut

Demonstrating how to wrap gifts on tv was on my to-do list for 2013, but it looks like its happening a year ahead of schedule: this afternoon I'll be appearing on Daytime Peel with host Sonia Sache. In fact, I'm writing this post from the waiting room as I wait to tape my segment. (I'm a little more nervous than I thought I'd be!)

The show will be on today at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. as well as 11 a.m. tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes!

Gift Wrapping Demo, Dec. 12th


Silver With Blue Band Want to know one of my secrets to wrapping pretty presents? Using beautiful materials! That's why I'm glad to count The Japanese Paper Place — an international wholesaler of fine Japanese papers — among my list of friends, suppliers and clients. Their catalogue of papers is phenomenal. Above is a gift that I wrapped using their blue chiyogami, white gira pearl and unryu silver papers.

If you'd like to see more innovative ways to use Japanese papers for gift wrapping, next Wed., Dec. 12, I'll be gift wrapping in the Japanese Paper Place gallery all day as part of the company's Washi Wednesday event. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. you can stop by 77 Brock Ave., Toronto, and watch and learn as I use some of the JPP's exquisite papers to wrap gifts. You can even get a tour of the warehouse and see the wall of chiyogami, as well as buy a few select papers on sale. Visit the JPP website for details.

Hope you can stop by!

Shortbread Packaging Story in Food & Drink


Food and Drink, holiday 2012 Hey, Ontarians: If you haven't picked up a copy of the LCBO's Food & Drink Holiday issue yet, get on it before there are none left! Why? Because on page 104 you will find four ideas on how to package your homemade shortbread — by yours truly, of course. So march on down to your local liquor store and pick up your free copy, STAT!

And... what better time than to remind all you readers in the Toronto area that I have a cookie packaging workshop coming up this Tuesday? UPDATE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED Well, actually, it's more than just a packaging workshop — it's a cookie exchange too. So bake up a batch or two of your favourite cookies and bring them down to The Paper Place to learn how to package them really nicely for holiday gift giving. It's going to be so much fun! The class is $45; call or drop by The Paper Place to register.

Cookie Exchange & Packaging Workshop


Cookie Exchange and Packaging Workshop UPDATE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED

It's time to start thinking about holiday baking! To get yourself ready for the seasonal giving of baked goods, may I suggest that you come to my cookie exchange and packaging workshop next week? It will be Tuesday night at my favourite neighbourhood paper store, The Paper Place, on Queen St. W. in Toronto, and it will be tons of fun! Bring a batch of your favourite cookies and learn lots of fun ways to bag, box and wrap them for gift giving and sharing. Call or drop by The Paper Place to register — sign up while there are still spots!

PS — You'll get a chance to make my popular washi-tape twist ties using some of The Paper Place's fabulous selection of tapes.

PPS — Cookie Week is coming up on the Corinna Wraps Blog too. Watch for it in December!

Holiday Wrapping Video with Indigo


[youtube] Finally! I am very excited to share with you a project that has been in the works since the summer: a gift wrapping video I did for Indigo! In it, I show you how to wrap one of my favourite gifts for the holidays: a tower of books.

And no, I'm not just saying that for the camera; I have been known to give my mom a stack of several books for Christmas. My parents are retired, which means my mother — having always been a voracious reader — consumes even more books than she ever has. To keep costs down, I usually shop remainder tables for inexpensive titles.

For a little bonus material, visit the Indigo website, where you'll also find more of my holiday wrapping tips (scroll down). [UPDATE: link no longer features this content]

Let me know what you think in the comments, and please like, share and tweet!

Workshop: Frosty Watermark Tissue Wreath, Nov. 13


White watermark tissue wreath There are a few more spots in my Frosty Wreath workshop tomorrow. If you're in the Toronto area, sign up — I promise you a fun night of crafting!

The wreath we'll be making in class is simple, but the process can be addictive and the end result is stunning. It's a great way to decorate your home for the holidays, or the wreath also makes a thoughtful homemade gift.

For full details and info on how to register, visit The Paper Place website. Hope to see you there!