Christmas Masterclass: Gift Wrapping 101

Published on 04 December 2017 by Castle Towers

When it comes to Christmas gifts, first impressions count. That's why it's so important that your thoughtful Christmas gifts for friends and family this year are wrapped with care and presented beautifully. 

Gift wrapping is an art form, and Australian stylist Nat Turnbull is a master of the craft. But while gift wrapping comes easily to Nat, for some of us it isn’t so simple. In our video below, we asked her to share some easy-to-remember tips for great gift wrapping.

Gift wrapping with Australian stylist, Nat Turnbull

Christmas Masterclass: Gift Wrapping 101

1. Pick a theme

“When working with a theme for wrapping, you can go with a brown, craft, quite natural look, or you could go with something quite festive [with] lots of red and gold, those kinds of colours,” says Nat.

“Last year with my wrapping I went for that more natural, craft paper look, and I used some stamps and some cut-out shapes … But this year, I wanted to try something a little different.”

To achieve a classic gift wrapping style, you’ll need wrapping paper, scissors, tape, and your choice of decoration – greenery, ribbon and/or tags. For a personal touch, make your own paper with brown paper and festive rubber stamps.

2. Wrap it tight

“Good wrapping starts with really great wrapping paper. Working with something that’s a bit thicker is always a lot easier. And working with a good pair of scissors and some good tape options is great too,” Nat says.

Use a bone folder to get those crisp folds – you can get one at art and craft stores like Lincraft or Riot Art n Craft– and double sided tape for a clean look.

3. Add a festive touch

“Working with non-conventional Christmassy things is always great,” says Nat. She suggests thoughtful festive features like “beautiful ribbon, maybe a little bit of a bauble or some colourful paper [for] a nice festive touch without it being too Christmassy.”

You can pick up ribbon and baubles from Roni's and Lincraft and paper from Nextra Newsagency on Level 1.  


4. Write a thoughtful message

“The most thoughtful cards are the most personalised. Just taking a little bit of time to think about what you want to write is always best.

“Wrapping should be fun. Sometimes people do find it a bit stressful, but just experiment and play – you can always try again if it doesn’t work out the first time.”

Find some beautiful cards at Typo and Kikki.K.

Stay tuned for more Christmas Masterclasses...

If you’d prefer a bit more help, drop by our gift wrapping station on Level 3 near Peter Alexander from 14 - 24 December where you can donate a gold coin to Hills Relay for Life and have your gift wrapped by our friendly volunteers.

Plus, be in the first 500 customers to spend $150 in Centre and make a donation at our gift wrapping station to receive FREE postage of one gift to anywhere in Australia! T&Cs apply, see HERE for details.