If you are planning on placing a custom order for bookplates, buying holiday cards from Mr. Boddington's Studio, or commissioning a drawing from an artist such as Heather Young of The Ink Lab, December first seems to be a nearly universal deadline.
Shown at top is gift wrap paper that works for the holidays but can easily be recycled throughout the year for other occasions. Clockwise from the left: heavy weight, solid eco-friendly Nepalese wrapping paper made from the bark of the Lokta bush (30 x 40 inches and special order only) followed by red chevron from the same paper company. The brown kraft box with yellow grosgrain is High Street Market's signature wrap, and each pattern shown in the bottom row is silkscreened recycled cotton rag from Soolip. The handmade red paper with silver twigs is also Nepalese wrapping paper.
And two more: I'm in love with Rifle Paper Co.'s screen printed sheets featured yesterday over at design*sponge. A little more holiday-specific for the traditionalist.
Elum Designs recycled text weight paper with ultra-dull finish is inspired by needlepoint. So many different ribbon possibilities here.
Update: 6:30 p.m.
Below, some images that better highlight Soolip's tree-free paper. The textile-like, Fair Trade, decorative eco-papers are crafted from discarded cotton rags from Indian garment factories and a portion of the profits from sales benefit orphanages in Jaipur, India. I've added a view from spring in hopes that you can see the subtle shimmer of silver shot through the paper. (The lined envelope was one of my projects.)
Imagine using the patterned papers to make the origami ornaments or a paper chain.
Last two images courtesy Soolip.