Have you ever been to a pharmacy on Christmas Eve? Like a Walgreens or a Rite-Aid? It’s pretty sad. Long lines full of anxious people buying nothing but second-run Justin Beiber holiday themed wrapping paper and plastic jugs of Russian vodka. Sure, there are a few folks buying diapers, prescriptions and snack cakes, but really, it’s the wrapping paper that gets them through the door. Or maybe it’s the hooch (no judgements here). All I’m saying is folks could skip the lines at the store if they printed their own paper at home.
hoard collect wrapping paper all year round, most of my gifts are wrapped in generic print paper and accented with holidayish paper or ribbons. One of my favorite things is to wrap in newspaper and make a ‘belly band’ out of something rich and elegant — maybe some origami paper, or a strip of silk brocade, or belt of vintage wrapping paper….
Last winter, my friend Ann sent me a box of vintage wrapping paper she found at Goodwill. How old is it? I’m not sure. It looks about 1940’s to me. Maybe 50’s. Ann, what would you say?
All I know is that the paper crackles like potato chips when I touch it and is far too pretty to use up on one person’s gift. No way, Jose.
Jose’s gift will be wrapped up regular old polka dots and accented with the vintage stuff.
Real vintage stuff? No. It’s a print-out.
I scanned in the wrapping paper and saved them as letter size PDFs. You can print them out on copy paper, or on labels, or anything else your little heart desires. Click here to view the PDF.
I have a thing about getting creative with office supplies. It’s a gift. A weird, obsessive gift.