design   //   December 3, 2018


I’ve always enjoyed the act of gift-giving. I really love hunting down the perfect present for someone. It’s fun for me. I put a lot of thought into every step the process, including the very last one: the gift wrap. I think of the wrapping paper as the icing on the cake – and despite the fact that we all know the wrapping paper is headed straight for the trash, it’s still well-worth the time and effort.

With that said, it should come as no surprise that it brings me great joy when I come across a really pretty paper (like this one) – and lately, that’s happening quite often. There’s lots of beautiful wrapping papers out there. You just have to know where to look. Here, my favorite sources.

1. One Kings Lane

OKL never disappoints. Their holiday shop is perfectly curated to include anything and everything for the season – including wrapping paper. Year after year, this is where I find some of the prettiest papers. This year is no exception. This year, I’m loading up on plenty of ribbon (this one and this one) and lots of this green marbled paper. It’s so beautiful and feels perfectly luxurious for the holidays.

2. Paper Source

The sky is the limit here. No matter what you’re after, you’ll find it at Paper Source. I’ve purchased numerous favorites from here, including this pink marbled paper and this Japanese printed paper. This year, I really love this whimsical one with the different dogs. (Note: if you end up with the glitter paper, be aware that it is very messy.)

3. Minted

If you’re looking for something totally unique, Minted is a great resource. The design marketplace features wrapping paper designed by different artists from all over the country. My personal favorite is this watercolor paper. It’s artful and fun. For the holidays, it’s perfect for children’s gifts. However, it’s also one that would totally work year-round for any other gifts.

4. Peep’s Paper Products

There’s lots of goodies to love over at Peep’s, including the wrapping paper. Sold as a set of 10 sheets (instead of a roll), each of the styles features a hand-drawn illustration by Creative Director Loulou Baker. This year’s holiday paper features characters from The Nutcracker. It’s a perfect option for kiddos.

5. Etsy

There’s no shortage of options here. I always find great paper on Etsy. My current favorites for the holidays are this chinoiserie paper (also available in green) and this pink and red tree paper. For something not at all holiday-ish but funny, check out the Kim Kardashian and Snoop Dogg papers at Rumble Cards.

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