Christmas all wrapped up

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013. Filed under: Christmas Holidays Home & Garden
The Wrap Up Project Infectious Diseases range of Christmas paper ©WRCS / all rights reserved

The Wrap Up Project Infectious Diseases range of Christmas paper
©WRCS / all rights reserved

(Relaxnews) – The Christmas decorations are up, the fridge is stocked and the shopping is finished… now it’s time to get wrapping. Not always the easiest of tasks after one too many festive beverages, but this selection of stylish gift wrap options will ensure your presents look their best under the tree.

An eco-friendly choice is the Trees wrapping paper ($7.95) from Greenfield Paper. Made using soy-based inks and printed on 100 percent recycled paper, the range features cool modern prints for all tastes.

Infectious diseases might not seem like a very festive topic of conversation, but these prints are cool, contemporary and support a good cause. Designed for The Wrap Up Project and launched this month, all proceeds from the range go to St Mungo’s, a homeless charity in London. The gift wrap (£2.95 or about US$5) re-creates viruses which pose serious health risks to people sleeping rough this winter including the common cold, influenza and pneumonia.

The buzzword of the year on the design scene is “3D”, and the trend has extended to reach giftwrap. This 3D wrapping paper ($15.90) by Lazy Bows features a fun ribbon optical illusion and comes with 3D glasses included.

Wordless wrapping paper ($15 for 5 sheets) allows you to pre-select a message and hide it in a word search. Possible messages include “It is not a tie,” ‘You are the best” and, of course, “Merry Christmas”.

For an elegant look, this vintage world map by Cavallini ($3.95), printed on Italian acid-free paper, might be just the thing. Other patterns in the range include vintage maps of Italy and Paris.

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