Kyla D'Aubbonnett adds the finishing touches to some beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts. Cultiver will host gift wrapping workshops from Saturday, December 8.
Kyla D'Aubbonnett adds the finishing touches to some beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts. Cultiver will host gift wrapping workshops from Saturday, December 8. Claudia Baxter

Gift-givers rapt in the packaging

GIFT-giving can be made all the more heart-warming by adding a quirky, unique touch to festive packaging, says Cultiver's Kyla D'Aubbonnett.

Ms D'Aubbonnett will host three Gift Wrapping Workshops in the lead-up to Christmas to share her wrapping techniques.

"I think lovely wrapping does make it [Christmas] more special because it's heaps more personal," she said. "Instead of using gift tags you can use a person's initials or something that represents their favourite hobby to wrap the gift so they know it's theirs.

"You can also wrap all your gifts using the same theme, which is something I do every year."

The workshops will suit varying skills levels.

"The workshops will teach basic wrapping techniques that create clean, tidy corners, but people can also learn how to make paper flowers and other embellishments," she said.

"If people want to crochet a ribbon or band, they can learn here. The workshops are about up-cycling and reusing materials, and staying away from rolls of traditional gift wrap."

Great gift-wrapping trends for this Christmas included using brown paper and non-traditional colours, rather than the traditional red, white and green colour scheme, Ms D'Aubbonnett said.

"Neons are big at the moment, as well as black ribbons and embellishments on brown paper.

"Sheet music used as wrapping paper for gifts for music lovers is really popular, too."

The workshops will run each Saturday from December 8 to 22.

Tickets cost $20 and materials to wrap three small gifts will be provided.

Book at Cultiver, 2/126 Brisbane St, or by phoning 0477 185 022.

It's a Wrap

  • Personalise gifts with the recipients' initials, favourite colours, etc.
  • Collect vintage children's books, maps and fabric suitable for gift wrapping.
  • Add simple embellishments using paper craft, basic crochet or beading techniques.


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