Vintage View: Wrap-py Holidays!

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Gift bags are a relatively newfangled concept. Their popularity soared since their introduction in 1987; and according to one source, they have been the number one method of present presentation since 2002. Yes, the art of gift wrapping, though not quite forgotten yet, has at least been neglected for the past few decades. But, a pretty package is far superior – just look at those ladies pictured above proudly showing off their wrap skills! As we prep for prime gift-giving season, let’s revisit some of the more creative and inventive ideas from the past.

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This 1963 Better Homes & Gardens feature had some handy hints for wrapping oddly shaped gifts. Bought someone a skillet? Turn it into a lollipop with some cardboard, tissue paper, ribbon, and beads! Turn a blender into a snowman with tissue paper, a patterned paper bowl, and ribbon. Turn a coffeemaker into a penguin with black & white paper, markers, and a lot of chutzpah. Or, just go a little crazy with the craft paper and create a tiny village of li’l prezzies. A lot of time and effort? Sure, but totally worth it.

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Wouldn’t you love to get your hands on some darling vintage wrapping paper? These prints could really score you some “oohs” and “awesomes.”

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McCall’s had some particularly clever and crafty gift wrapping ideas: just cut out some festive designs from a newspaper and glue them on, use stickers, office supplies, and pompoms to pep up otherwise plain paper.

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If all else fails, just put a bow on it!

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    Rosaline 12/07/2013 at 11:38 am #

    Love this article. I am a gift wrapping junkie. I take my time and carefully wrap each and every gift just like the ladies above. I usually use recycled paper, bows, newspaper, fabric, etc… Another great tip is to go to thrift stores and buy trinkets to decorate the packages. Don’t buy boxes, use recycled boxes that your household items, food, etc come out of. Many times you don’t have to buy many items. Thanks for highlighting a lost art. Love this!

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    Aimee 01/22/2014 at 4:36 pm #

    I’m a bit late to the article, but I’m a wrapping junkie, too. Every year, one bedroom is designated as the “(w)rapping room” where one can find everything one needs to deck out the presents or bust a rhyme. I’m a big fan of plain brown paper – which I usually get at the dollar store – and multicolored yarn. I also save this year’s Christmas cards for next year’s gift tags. I also cut out really great card designs and paste them on the brown paper. Lots of people send picture cards now and if there’s a particularly cute one of a friend or relative’s child, I’ll cut that out and decorate with rick-rack, glitter, etc. and put it on the child’s momma’s present.

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