Anthropologie has expanded their holiday offerings with handmade Nepalese wrapping paper. The tie-dyed indigo paper above (made from the renewable bark of lokta bushes) reminds me of an old African textile I posted last spring.
Instead of thinking hippie dippy, when I look at the wrapping paper I see 19th century fabric, indigo seas and starry nights.
To be sure, any package wrapped with this crinkly paper will have an earthier, artsy edge but I'm envisioning something more ethereal and less summer-camp-project: A cluster of midnight-blue presents beneath an evergreen filled with glittering white and silver birds.
World Market has wonderful, affordable little paper animal ornaments -- safari creatures and Indian elephants -- that would look great tied to a gift.
Hanah silks might be nice (pictured above, top left) and Anthro is selling skinny velvet.
A few tips:
The Nepalese wrapping paper shown here costs $10 for three sheets measuring 27.5" x 19.75" each. To get the most for my money, I try to wrap as many small items as possible with this type of paper. It is thick, rarely tears, and is already crinkled, making it a perfect candidate for recycling. Another plus: boxes wrapped in these artisan sheets look terrific stacked next to larger presents wrapped in humble budget-friendly recycled kraft paper.
See also: A World of Our Own Invention and Indigo Guys.
Santa riding the elephant is my own World Market purchase. No freebies were received in exchange for coverage.