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Sometimes wrapping presents can be as much fun as buying them (though, let’s be honest, not as much fun as opening them.). I’m usually so disorganised that I end up wrapping my Christmas presents in horribly flimsy bulk-buy supermarket wrapping paper. The kind of paper that rips in three places before you’ve even handed the present over.

If you have the time, inclination and money, have an online mooch around the V&A’s decorative department. This elegant ‘Bird and Holly’ wrap (above), designed in watercolour and pencil by C.F.A Voysey around 1897-99 costs £4.50 for three sheets and tabs.

Or – my favourite – this gorgeous double-sided ‘Snow and Stripe’ gift wrap and tags, each of the 3 sheets featuring different patterns on either side – the Pointed Pip furnishing fabric by Phyllis Barron, 1938, and End paper published in Art Gout Beaute magazine Paris, 1925.

Snow and Stripe wrapping paper – side 1…

… and side 2! Yours for £4.50 for 3 sheets and 3 tags

You can get 15% off until midnight tomorrow (Thurs) so if you’ve bought a special present, now you know what to wrap it in!




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