It is the season to be jolly (falalala la la la) and spend a shit-load of money on gifts for your family and friends. These gifts have to be wrapped and when it comes to gift wrapping.. I am no good. So when I was invited to partake in a gift wrapping workshop taught by Yvonne, from Yvestown, with beautiful products by United Colors of Benetton I knew it would be educational and fun!
Yvonne is known for her books and many DIY projects, so I was very curious about what we would be learning. When I arrived there, I could see an overview of Benetton's different products. Did you know that besides producing clothing, they also sell accessories? It really varies as well: from hip headphones and smartphone covers to cute espresso coffee cups and pretty candle holders. One thing is certain, they are all colorful and perfect for a festive occasion! If you are still looking for the perfect gift or want more information on the several products be sure to check out the webshop!
The workshop was held at Barnini's new coffee shop Kaffeenini in the nationalestraat in Antwerp. Definitely a place worth checking out! It is super cozy and offers a lot of different foods and (warm) drinks. I had some delicious bagels with smoked chicken filet, an avocado-mayonaise, lettuce and carrots. There is a wide variety of desserts for the sweet tooth, just check out the waffle-nutella cake below... and the coffees. Please do not get me started on the coffees. They are absolutely delicious and the designs are amazing. I recommend "Hot Fudge"!
Back to the gift wrapping. The most important thing is that you buy beautiful gift wrapping paper. I think that if you have beautiful wrapping paper that it can make a world of difference and does not take up a lot of time if you have a lot of gifts to wrap. I am really loving the golden-cardboard colored wrapping papers. What also helps are cute little trinkets that add something special to the gift, such as stars, glitters and labels. You can make them as well with stencils, then all you will need it more paper! I also learned how to make my own flower from crêpe paper. It is a really neat trick, but it sure is exhausting.
Some nice ribbons and masking tapes with christmassy designs are also great to make your gifts look more unique. I think the key is to go for beautiful designs and to keep it simple. Less is more after all. Also, you can use unusual wrappings such as a Chinese food take-out box to put something cute in and make it prettier with the little trinkets. I had so much fun gift wrapping beautiful things that it almost feels like a pity to have them be unwrapped with Christmas. All that hard work you put in to it.. but oh well, it adds to the experience!
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Well, there you have it. I hope you found it informative. The quick lessons for gift wrapping that were taught to me were so useful and I sure am implementing them from now on. Investing in pretty papers or pretty trinkets when going for more sober-looking paper will make a world of difference! Are you any good at gift wrapping? How do you usually do it?