How to mindfully gift wrap this Christmas

When it comes to holiday gift giving, the task of wrapping presents can often feel like a chore. But it doesn't have to be! With a little bit of mindfulness, gift wrapping can be an opportunity to slow down, connect with your loved ones, and create something beautiful.

Here's how:

1. Choose your materials mindfully

The first step in mindful gift wrapping is to choose your materials with intention. Consider what kind of look you want to create and select your wrapping paper, ribbons, and tags accordingly. If you're going for a rustic feel, choose natural papers and twine. For a more festive look, go for bright colours and patterns. Or go with current trends of soft colours and neutrals.  And if you want to keep it simple, use kraft paper and minimal adornments. Adding some fresh sprigs of flowers or even rosemary will add another texture and wow factor. 


2. Take your time

Gift wrapping is a chance to slow down and savour the process. Don't rush through it! Instead, take your time to enjoy the tactile sensations of working with the paper and ribbons, and the scent of any botanicals you may add as embellishments. Pay attention to your breathing and let your mind be present in the moment. Think about who you are giving this to. Why you have chosen the paper designs for them. Why they are dear to you. Think about happy moments you have spent together.


3. Make it your own

Personalise your gift wrap by adding a special touch that reflects your relationship with the recipient. Write a heartfelt message on the tag, include a beloved photo, or tuck in a small token that has meaning for the two of you. This is your chance to be creative, so have fun with it!


By taking the time to wrap mindfully, you'll not only end up with beautiful results, but you'll also create a moment of calm in the midst of holiday hustle and bustle. Your loved ones will feel the love—and that's the best gift of all.



Kraft wrapping paper with botanical Australian gift tags. Hands wrapping presents

above photo credit: Brand Eliza Stock