Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

I was just browsing my vintage magazine collection for Christmas baking recipes when I came across these adorably creative gift wrapping ideas from 1947, which I thought I'd share.

These Christmas boxes are so delightfully gay that your friends will be thrilled with even the simplest and smallest of gifts.

  • Powder-puff muff: Three powder puffs in round celluloid boxes (which you can buy in the shops) covered with pleated transparent cellulose, and tied round with ribbons.
  • "Ballerina": Circular piece of white tulle sewn on top of box, with side piece gathered in at top. Add a posy of flowers.
  • Sequin monogram: Cover box with gold paper and fasten at one side with black ribbon, which is sewn to box and tied in a bow. Stick on black sequins in a monogram or pattern.
  • Padded tuffet: Box covered with a circular piece of satin, gathered at the sides and the top padded with cotton wool. Catch down the padding with a few stitches at regular intervals.
  • To hold a buttonhole: Square, transparent cellulose box tied with tinsel ribbon.
  • Swathed with pink: Flat box covered with felt and swathed with transparent cellulose which is held in place by a ribbon. Stick a greetings stamp on top.
  • "Basket": Ribbon looped round transparent cellulose box, the ends tied to holly on top.
  • Leather trunk: Leather paper stuck on box. Make straps also out of leather paper, and sew on buckles. Write your friend's name on the "luggage label".
  • Sealed box: Wide ribbon tied round box and secured with sealing-wax.
  • Special gift: Mistletoe secured with ribbon at corners of box. You can make the mistletoe with round pearl buttons and silk leaves.


  1. Lovely ideas! I remember having a 60s Hallmark 'how to wrap gifts' book as a child= wish I'd kept it!

  2. Such great ideas! I still haven't wrapped my presents yet - maybe I should follow one of these!

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  3. These are so lovely, festive and beautiful (not to mention creative). Thank you so much for sharing. My presents are wrapped for this year already or else I'd avail of some of them for sure. Good thing there's always next Christmas! :)

    ♥ Jessica

  4. I am addicted to old magazines, you just never know what is going to turn up inside them, great fun.


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