Pretty paper tied with elegant ribbons and twine, and finished with a gorgeous handwritten tag – there is something so utterly special about a beautifully wrapped gift. I spend as much energy picking out the perfect present as I do garnishing it, it’s all about adding that personal touch. Read on for a few of our favourite stores that help you pack your precious goodies with ease and flair.
Backed by all things stationery, this online boutique curates a stunning collection of paper products from design houses around the world. If you’re the kind who drools over beautifully illustrated notebooks or loves a work-space filled with pretty desk accessories, this is the store for you. Their fully-stocked holiday season gift wrapping collection includes gorgeous papers in self-adhesive varieties and gift bags. They also stock other wrapping accessories like washi tapes, stamping sets, twine, tags, labels, and bows – everything you need for that lovely present under the tree.
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Founder Amruta Walvekar’s passion for a wonderfully-wrapped gift with hand-written notes shines through with Wrapistry. Besides wrapping your gifts, they also hold fun gift wrapping, bow making, and calligraphy workshops. Head to their online shop to pick up the prettiest ribbons, papers, boxes and accessories along with all the craft tools you need to add that personal touch.
True to its name, The Second Life is passionate about reusing and recycling. They use various types of waste materials as raw materials and incorporate sustainable product and business design practices. Their innovative products include delights like hand-stitched pouches and bowls that have been made from upcycled tyre tubes as well as waste felt and wood. When it comes to wrapping paper, they use upcycled newspaper and discarded film posters for stunning hand block-printed creations.
From stationery to desk accessories to lifestyle products, the collections by Origin One are created for the quirky globetrotters. The brainchild of designer Pushkar Thakur who also founded the New Delhi-based design studio The Grafiosi, this label uses a blend of artisanal and machine techniques to create products of minimal aesthetic. Their gifting accessories includes paper, twine, tags and bags.
A Jaipur-based handmade paper company, Craft Boat works with the traditional technique of paper-making by recycling fabric waste from garment manufacturing industries. Their products range from home décor and art prints to handmade paper and stationery. Check out their gifting accessories that include block-printed and natural dyed wrapping paper sets, carry bags, card sets, gift boxes and trunks, all made from recycled cotton.
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Paperfields is all about luxury paper goods with interesting patterns and designs. You’ll find card and envelope sets, wrapping paper, gift tags, boxes and bags, place tags, notebooks and pads, folders, money envelopes, stickers as wells as kits and sets to wrap that perfect gift. They even have a Christmas collection.
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