We are mere days away from Christmas.
Are your gifts wrapped?
Hopefully, you’ve got every gift covered at this point so you can sit back and relax your way into the holiday. However, for the chronically late or the hopelessly perfect, the clock is ticking and those gifts aren’t going to wrap themselves.
Never fear! The library has a lot of great gift wrapping resources on our new Wrap It Up! list to make your gifts shine in any setting.
First, you will need a gift. It doesn’t need to be fancy/expensive/rare. It just needs to be thoughtful. I have had great success crafting various items for friends and family over the years. In fact, this lovely kusadama ball was a smash hit for me several years ago. But, if you are out of time and aren’t feeling too creative, here is a wonderful list of gift ideas for bibliophiles.
Next, you will need to get those gifts ready to present. And you don’t necessarily need to have fancy paper. In fact, you might just need a pretty scarf or some newspaper. These books, in particular, can help you figure out what you will need and how to use it like the wrapping ninja you are about to become:
The Art of Gift Wrapping bFuroshiki: The Art of Wrapping With Fabric by Kumiko Nakayama-Geraerts
Ruby Star Wrapping:Creating Packaging to Reuse, Regive, and Relove by Melody Miller
Wrapagami by Jennifer Playford
Does that package need a bow? A tag? I thought so! The Complete Photo Guide to Ribbon Crafts b
Finally, I realize that some people prefer giving (and receiving!) cards on the holidays. Thankfully, the Bellingham Public Library has many, many (MANY) great books on making handmade cards. 130 New Iris Folded Cards to Make by Maruscha Gaasenbeek is my favorite on the Wrap It Up! list. However, Ultimate Cardmaking by Sarah Beaman, is also popular with the crafty crowd.
Now, fingers crossed, you should have an amazing gift that is awesomely wrapped. Boom! The holidays have been won. Go get yourself some celebratory cider and relax – you’ve earned it.
– Deborah and Katie