Last year I started experimenting with making my own wrapping paper. Nothing too fancy, just paint and paper. I like that I can buy basic materials and make just as much as I need, a critical idea when you live in a place with a shortage of storage. This year I found a roll of basic butcher paper and white tempura paint, figuring it would be easy to reuse them for any occasion. I tore off four foot sheets and experimented with patterns of lines, dots, and triangles.
To add a little color, I make gift tags with a little bit of butcher paper and pages torn from the stack of catalogs I get around the holidays. Anthropologie and Boden had particularly beautiful winter catalogs this year, and I love how nicely these came out. A bit of yarn and some of last year’s sparkly gold washi tape, and I have a simple but pretty stack of gifts waiting for Christmas Day.