present preparedness guide part 2: collecting gift wraps, trims, and cards

How to collect wraps, cards, and embellishments for year-round giving

Wrapping paper by Eva&Anne // Domestic Animals card by Sarah Andreacchio, available here // Hammerpress gift tag

Happy 4th of July! I hope you’re taking a break from work and relaxing with your loved ones. Andrea and I are spontaneously driving with the dogs to see his family in Pennsylvania. Before I go, I want to arm you with Part 2 of my Present Preparedness Guide–tips on assembling a year-round gift stash. Last week’s Part 1 was about the prezzies, so now let’s talk about building a supply of papers, ribbon, cards, and embellishments so you’re always ready to wrap with style! Here are my steps to packaging creatively in every season:

1. Save handled bags, fabric pouches, gift boxes, and tissues. The plain kraft bags/boxes are great for when you have time to add your own embellishments, such as a stamped design. I keep all these supplies in a large shopping bag in my office closet. Tip: Avoid items with glitter unless you want your whole stash to sparkle!
2. Choose gift wrap colors and designs that work year-round, and for different ages and genders. You’ll get more mileage out of these than holiday-specific papers. Again, a roll of plain kraft paper is great for when you feel like getting creative with stamps or a washi tape pattern!
3. Collect and save all kinds of trims, such as ribbon, twine, yarn, and washi tapes. Wrap loose pieces around cardboard scraps and tape the ends to keep them neat.
4. If you like personalizing wraps and making your own cards and tags, then stock up on art papers, rubber stamps, ink pads, punches, decorative-edge scissors, paint pens, etc.
5. Build a stash of cards for common occasions–birthdays, thank yous, congrats–along with plenty that are blank inside.

Here are some of my favorite wrapping supplies:


Four wrapping papers for year-round giving

1. Double-sided wrap by Eva&Anne // 2. Emerald Peonies wrap by Rifle Paper Co. // 3. Cactus Envy wrap by Hammerpress // 4. Beach painting paper by Norman’s Printery


Four DIY gift embellishment ideas

1. Washi tape design by Oh Joy! // 2. Owl in Tree stamp set by Yellow Owl Workshop, available here // 3. Gift tags I punched from an old Jessica Swift calendar; original post here // 4. Pom pom wrap tutorial by Sugar & Cloth


Cards for year-round giving1. Color block cards by Hammerpress // 2. Domestic Animals by Sarah Andreacchio, available here // 3. Hello Friend by Thimblepress // 4. Long Haul by Paper Parasol Press

Have any of your own gift stash tips to share? I’d love to hear from you!

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