Christmas wrapping paper: 6 ways to take your gifts to the next level*

*really easily and quickly obviously, all about the low-maintenance wrapping here...

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Looking for Christmas wrapping paper? Well you are in the right place. In recent years everyone seems to have massively upped the gift wrapping game. It's no longer acceptable to use newspaper (unless it's in a cool, 'this is a retro '50s newspaper that I ordered from Etsy' kind of way) or tin foil, or a mish-mash of bits you have left over from last year. 

Now it's all about, turning your gifts in a bloomin' masterpiece that's encased in hand-printed paper, with springs of holly, pine cones, CINNAMON STICKS, and gorgeous caligraphy-style labels. 

As if we didn't have enough stuff to do at this time of year, we now feel the pressure of taking our gift wrapping to Rowan Atkinson in Love Actually levels of detail.  But fear not, because we have round up some easy tips and tricks to make your gift wrapping so fab, everyone's going to be totally underwhelmed by what's inside – joking (kind of)...

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1. Go for traditional red, green and white

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You can't go wrong with this classic combo. Pick out a few rolls, in similar colourways, to mix and match. John Lewis have some lovely traditional wrapping paper – we love how the larger holly print looks with the more detailed red berry paper. Then add some detail by layering ribbons (red velvet and gold look beautiful) and some simple gift tags. We always thought that those shiny gift bows were a bit dated, but this year they are coming back in a very fashionable way so stick some of those on, too.

2. Be kinder to the environment with brown paper

(Image credit: Photographer: Kasia Fiszer Styling: Pippa Blenkinsop)

When in doubt, go for brown paper. It's better for the environment as it is biodegradable and can be widely recycled, you can even buy brown paper made from 100 per cent recycled paper. But as well as being kinder on the planet, it also always looks lovely, minimal effort involved. Spruce up your gifts with some string and nice tags – this is where last year's Christmas wrapping paper can come in handy, give it a new life as tags – and there you go. 

3. Make it personal with a Polaroid 

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Love this! Forget labels just stick a picture of your recipients' faces on their presents. Obviously, you could just print off a nice picture, but we think Polaroids look so cute – maybe get one of the both of you in it and it can be a bonus little gift. Cuuuute.

4. Use what you already have as Christmas wrapping paper

(Image credit: Photographer: Kasia Fiszer Styling: Pippa Blenkinsop)

If you like the vintage look, you will love this Christmas wrapping idea. Have a hunt around your house for scraps of wallpaper, old books or music sheets and use them to wrap your presents. Again, better for the environment and the overall look is really unique. Use some bits of lace instead of ribbon and cut out some tags in contrasting prints. 

5. Navy and copper combo? How fabulous 

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John Lewis really have smashed the Christmas trends this year. This Christmas wrapping idea is from their Campfire collection which is all about warmer colours, nature-inspired prints and woodland animals galore. We love the slightly glamorous combo of deep navy with hints of copper. Jazz it up even more by adding sprigs of greenery and some mini baubles.  

6. Add Christmas decorations to your gifts 

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Such a quick and easy way to make your Christmas wrapping slightly more personal. Pick out some nice decorations to tie on the top. Choose ones that match the person you are buying for – a London bus bauble for auntie Karen, a little fox decoration for cousin Hugo and a glittery blue whale for nana Joyce. Cute and personal. 

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