10 inspirational gift wrapping ideas for Dads Birthday or Fathers Day

No matter how humble the gift, dads know it is the thought that counts and so I have put together a selection of gift wrapping ideas for Dads Birthday and Fathers Day , suitable for the wide range of dads out there.

ribbon key

 

Vintage Grey Ribbon by Jane Means

Why not inject a little humour and mystery into your dad’s day by neatly wrapping his very own garden shed key in a small box.  His real gift will be wrapped and hidden inside the shed but he will have to engage in a little treasure hunt to find it!  An ideal method for the gift of gardening gloves, DIY items or, perhaps, in the shed, you have hidden a batch of dad’s favourite homemade cookies, placed in a jar, perfectly tied with beautiful ribbon in dad’s favourite colour…

Fathers Day gift wrapping

 

Brown and Orange Ribbon by Jane Means

For the dad who loves being surrounded by nature, a natural look, with hints of the countryside can be easily achieved by using traditional, rustic-looking brown paper, always a favourite of mine, and accessorizing with budding twigs, feathers, herbs or wheat.  Using herbs will also give a wonderful country garden scent to your gift

wax seal gift wrapping

 

Wax Seal by Manuscript Company          Narrow Slate Grey Stitched Ribbon by Jane Means

Dads really appreciate presents that have a personalized or signature element to them and so, for the ‘city gent’ dad, what about using the Financial Times as wrapping paper, add a formal looking ribbon and complete your smart wrapping by adding a wax seal for a very sophisticated look.

Hamper gift wrapping

 

True, plants and contents from Clifton Nurseries

Who does not love to receive a hamper full of goodies?!  Make your dad feel special with a mini-hamper packed full of tempting treats and, perhaps, his favourite tipple.  In a simple rustic basket, wrapped with raffia or ribbon and, by tying in wooden cutlery, a napkin or a bottle opener, your dad may not have to leave his chair for many happy hours on Father’s Day!  Sitting on a ruffled bed of tissue paper, olive or preserve filled jars and bags of delicious fudge or chocolates can be tied with ribbon, whilst further specifically selected surprises lurk beneath, making dad feel pampered.

 

Rossi paper

 

Paper by Rossi

For many dads, cars are a favourite topic of conversation and this beautifully coloured and elegant ‘car design’ wrapping paper by Rossi is ideal to wrap a car enthusiast’s Father’s Day gift!  A wide black paper band wrapped around the box provides a road and the addition of a small car model, preferably dad’s favourite, adds the personal touch.  When in doubt, a red sports car usually does the trick!   A nice new bottle of car shampoo could be the perfect accompaniment to such packaging and would also provide dad with something to do too!

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There are lots of DIY enthusiasts out there and dads who prize their ever-increasing collection of tools would, no doubt, appreciate the time taken to create a personalized ribbon with tiny nuts and bolts attached.  Combined with brown wrapping paper and, with small wrenches, spanners or screwdrivers tied securely into the bow, the perfect gift inside would be a super-duper shiny new tool for dad’s collection

Randomly scattering and colour- copied, traditional playing cards can produce a very striking,  black, white and red design, which many poker, gin rummy and bridge playing dads alike would appreciate.   Matching with black and red ribbons and using a paper-backed playing card as a gift tag produces a personally themed and very attractive gift box.  The king of hearts might be a good card to ‘play’ as the gift tag for Father’s Day.

map gift wrapping

 

Petrol Blue Stitched Ribbon by Jane Means – Vintage Maps bought at Portobello Market, London

For the dad who travels with work or simply loves to travel, using old or photocopied maps for wrapping paper and gift tags produces a very personalized gift.  Choose a map featuring a country or city that is special to your dad and, for extra detail, select a ribbon bearing the colours of that country’s flag.  The map may bring back shared memories of a family holiday,  be of a place you know your dad longs to visit or, perhaps, the gift inside is evocative of that country’s culture…

The well-groomed dads, who love the feel of a crisp, white shirt and a good suit might like their Father’s Day present wrapped in glossy editorial pages, depicting smart, fashionable menswear.   Select a ribbon that compliments your improvised wrapping paper and replace the bow with a Windsor knot to add a ‘dad-approved’ smartness to the way his gift is ‘tied’!  If I may be so bold, ties of red, purple and shades of blue are considered to be the most positive colours to wear…

burgundy stitched ribbon by jane means

 

Burgundy Ribbon by Jane Means – Music Paper from Les Puces, Paris

If music is one of your dad’s greatest interests, then wrap the Father’s Day gift he will love in the music he loves.  Antique sheet music can be found in charity shops and at flea markets and may also be photocopied onto new paper of your own selection.  Small rolled up scrolls of music and a contrasting ribbon results in a most elegantly presented gift, which is personalized to your dad’s musical taste.

 

Alternatively, you could use plain or traditional brown paper and aesthetically position selected handwritten song lyrics onto the gift box after wrapping.  Black writing on cream paper and white writing on black paper are two of the many possible options.   Handwriting also adds another personal touch. Personally I love understated and classic Monochrome.

Black gift wrapping

 

Black and White Dotty Ribbon by Jane Means - Black paper by Paperchase

Gifts offered with thoughtful, creative and personal touches are, I believe, always the best ones, as they come straight from the heart, and Father’s Day or a special birthday is a perfect opportunity to show that it is not about the size of the gift but about the size of the heart that gives it.

Happy Wrapping!

 

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Enjoy our Summer Offer on our Inaugural Gift Wrapping Course at Lincoln Cathedral

Our gift wrapping courses are resuming in Lincolnshire and we’re delighted to celebrate by offering a buy one get one half price deal on our inaugural course at our new venue, the Lincoln Cathedral Centre, with the breathtaking Cathedral right next door

Lincoln Cathedral Centre

Clients will enjoy a day of gift wrapping on Tuesday 14th June and will cover the basics right through to tackling those awkward shapes, and making an array of bows and decorations. The day will be fun, relaxed and full of tips, ideas and inspiration whilst enjoying the view with like minded craft enthusiasts.

gift wrapping kit

Ribbon by Jane Means. Props by Lyndsey James

All materials, refreshments and lunch will be included, hopefully if the weather behaves we can enjoy lunch in the Cathedral gardens with breathtaking views.

Lincoln Cathedral

 

Our Gift wrapping courses often sell out with waitlists due to my hectic diary, so we strongly advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

gift wrapping class

 

Our Course Offer is only valid on this inaugural course and bookings can be made online or over the phone. Bookings must be made by Wednesday 25th May. We hope you’ll join us with the celebrations on this exciting day.

Jane Means

 

Apologies I’ve been rather absent of late. I’ve had a busy time working and doing shoots in Paris with lots of exciting projects in the pipeline. Here’s a little shot of me having some fun in Montemarte.

Happy Wrapping!

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An insight in to our Australian Gift Wrapping Courses in Melbourne & Sydney

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks for me as I headed back to run some gift wrapping courses and giftwrapped book signing events in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia

Giftwrapped book Australia

After a brief weekend enjoying the sights of Sydney, I headed to Melbourne to the upmarket district of Toorak.

Melbourne cityscape

I had a great time hosting a ladies lunch, book signing and gift wrapping course for 30 at the Manhattan restaurant. Dee and Isabelle, the two lovely organisers did a fantastic job putting it all together and I met some wonderful people.

gift wrapping event melbourne

Tables were beautifully decorated with Vibrant Green Pom Poms, Fresh Flowers, Party Boxes and Polka dot napkins complimenting rich white linens.

lime green table decoration

Table decoration lime green

Straight after a yummy lunch we got stuck in to a gift wrapping masterclass and everyone had a great time. Georgia and Brad couldn’t do enough for us (thank you chaps)

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Melbourne Gift Wrapping Class

Several days later I hosted my very own giftwrapping courses at the Windsor workshops in Melbourne. As soon as I walked into the venue I fell in love with the beautiful space.

Gift wrapping class Melbourne

Windsor Workshops Melbourne

We were spoilt by Bree with a huge fruit platter, cookies and refreshments and several of us enjoyed a lunch nearby.

Gift Wrapping Course Australia

If you are ever hosting a workshop or event in Melbourne I can’t recommend this place highly enough. It’s amazing and in such a cool area (sadly I had no time to go shopping!).

Melbourne Gift Wrapping Workshop

Jane Means

I met some fantastic people and we managed to squeeze in a quick lunch at a local cafe.

One of my Instagram followers Dear Mabel came along and it was wonderful to put a face to a name, and I was spoiled rotten with lots of goodies (thank you Samantha)

Dear mabel

I then headed back to Sydney to run a workshop in conjunction with Sew Make Create, it’s a wonderful haberdashery shop in Chippendale owned by the delightful Melissa and her super cute dog called Pepper. During the course we made lots of bows, decorations and covered some gift wrapping projects too.

Sew Make Create Sydney workshop

 

I had a wonderful trip and many of you asked when I will be returning to run future courses and events. I am planning to be back in February 2017 so if you would like to hear about our future Australia events please drop us an email at info@janemeans.co.uk so we can add you to our newsletter list

Bondi Beach

Luckily I enjoyed a rare day off on Bondi Beach before heading back to London, and it’s already given me inspiration for my wrapping projects. I love Turquoise so much that some of my ribbons are inspired from the sea

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I’ve had a fantastic trip to Australia and one thing I will really miss are the incredible Melbourne sunsets which were different every night

Melbourne Sunset skyline

Have a great week folks

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Ribbon Craft and Bow Making Course to be held in Sydney, Australia

I’m delighted to be running my first bespoke course in Ribboncraft and Bow Making in Sydney, Australia on April 11th.

 

bow making courses

Pink spotty ribbon available from Jane Means

I’ve teamed up with Melissa at Sew Make Create who will be hosting the courses and the evening will be fun of trimmings, lace, ribbons and fun!

ribboncraft workshop

 

Wired Ribbon available at Jane Means

The one off ribbons and bows masterclass will be from 6.30 – 9.30pm and bookings can be made online. Courses cost $90 inclusive of all materials and you’ll be taking home a goody bag of your handmade creations which will include a hair adornment, corsage, necklace or a handmade bracelet…all made with your own fair hands!

Ribbon tying course

I have always had an addiction with ribbons (and still do).  What started with a shoebox full of remnants turned in to a real passion. Now we have over 100,000 rolls of ribbon in stock!

Bow making class

 

And don’t forget I have my first comprehensive Gift Wrapping Courses taking place in Melbourne on Saturday 9th April. You can attend a full or mini course with several pricing options and bookings can be made online via WeTeachMe

During both courses you’ll also be able to pick up a signed copy of my book Giftwrapped

bow making

Don’t forget if you are based in Australia, that I have a few available days left and can also offer one to one training packages.  Just drop us an email at info@janemeans.co.uk

Have fun! x

 

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Enjoy up to 80% off in the Jane Means 48hr Spring Sale

 

We are delighted to announce the 48hr Jane Means Spring sale with many ribbons and gift wrapping lines up to 80% off
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We’re making way for new lines and our sale will be a perfect time to stock up your gift wrapping, sewing or craft cupboard.

jane means sale

Many designs are available and those of you who have a forthcoming wedding, party or event can benefit from this wonderful sale as many prices will be cheaper than wholesale.

If you are craft addicts or have a cottage industry, you can also benefit from our larger 50 and 100 metre rolls with huge discounts.

With Mothers Day around the corner, you could fill a hamper full of beautiful ribbons. This is the perfect gift for the lady who has everything, plus you can buy the tissue and tags to finish the wrapping!

Don’t forget our 48hour sale will end on Thursday at midnight

Happy Shopping!

 

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Date announced for the Melbourne Gift Wrapping Course with Jane Means

Following the publication of ‘Giftwrapped’ in Australia, British Gift Wrapping expert Jane Means will be launching her first Melbourne Gift Wrapping Course on Saturday 9th April.

Melbourne Creative Courses

 

The inaugural classes will be held at the Windsor Workshops in Melbourne on Saturday 9th April in conjunction with lesson provider We Teach Me.  Attendees will have the choice of attending a half day or full course, with an early bird option starting at just $99!

Melbourne courses

Image courtesy of Domenic Pendino

 

As well as the her own gift wrapping workshop in Melbourne, Jane will also be running several private courses in the Melbourne and Sydney area for groups and businesses during her trip to Australia.  Jane was recently on Australian TV with Alex Polizzi

Jane Means and Alex Polizzi

The Gift Wrapping Expert who has been running the courses in the UK for 16 years, added Singapore as her first overseas course destination in 2015 following the publication of her book there. Gift wrapping courses in Singapore will resume shortly

Melbourne Gift Wrapping Classes

The venue will be at the light and airy Windsor Workshops located at Level 1, 115 Chapel Street, Windsor 
Windsor Station is around the corner with trams 78 / 79 stopping at 44 Duke St plus there is all day parking is available

 

Mothers Day event

The day will be split in to 2 parts so clients will have the choice of attending the whole course or can choose a morning or afternoon session.  Tea/Coffee and light refreshments will be included, plus there’s a VIP Mothers Day package on offer

During the lunch break, clients can enjoy a spot of lunch at nearby cafés if they wish

 

Gift Wrapping, Papercraft and Bow Making

10.00-1.00pm

The morning session will be focusing on gift wrapping basics, measurements, boxes, pleating effects, tying bows, and paper craft.

 

Gift Wrapping for Awkward Shapes and Handmade Decorations

2.00-5.00pm

During the afternoon workshop you will cover how to wrap those awkward shapes including bottles and circular tins.  You’ll also make a range of bespoke decorations to add to your gifts, all of which you will take home in a goody bag

 

 

Bookings can be made easily online through We Teach Me and start at $99 (AUD)

Gift wrapping course Austrailia

 

Happy wrapping from all of us at Gift Wrapping HQ

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Gift Wrapping Presentation ideas to make your Valentine feel special

With Valentines Day around the corner, you may be wondering how to pull all of the presentation stops. You’ve bought a luxury gift or maybe a small token present and want to make your loved one feel uber special.
Read on for some great gift wrapping and presentation ideas…

Valentine gift wrapping

Make your own personalised gift wrap. Choose a matt coloured paper and scrawl your favourite message or a special poem with a marker pen (available from Paperchase). I find the faster that you write the better it looks.

Calligraphy project

If you’re writing isn’t brilliant, sign up for a Calligraphy course with Judy Broad (I’m a huge fan of her work)

penhaligon's fragrance collection

Add another sense to your wrapping by lightly spraying on a romantic fragrance or a spritz of your favourite room spray (For me it has to be a dusting of royal favourite, Penhaligon’s)

 

Vintage map wrapping

If you’ve been to a special place why not wrap the gift in a map featuring the location. Ribbon can easily be decorated by gluing some dried rose buds for an effect

gift wrapping idea

If you’re wrapping something awkward like lingerie or a tie, wrap it in some tissue and add a strip of thick paper to keep the shape. Here i’ve added some Narrow red ribbon and a tag to decorate

gift voucher idea

If you’re giving a voucher, keep the envelope blank and tie in some fresh roses on the day.

Whatever you give and however small it is, you can go that extra mile by just thinking about the recipient. The gift doesn’t necessarily need to be wrapped in the colour red, but maybe their favourite shade or pattern. One year my husband presented me with a gift wrapped in newspaper, teamed with some red stripe ribbon and it looked fantastic.

We love seeing your projects and gift wrapping ideas so please keep them coming to our Facebook page

 

Happy Wrapping x

 

 

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Melbourne and Sydney Gift Wrapping Courses in Australia to be launched

Jane Means will be launching Melbourne and Sydney Gift Wrapping Courses in Australia later this year, to coincide with the Australian launch of her book ‘giftwrapped’

Sydney gift wrapping courses

 

The gift wrapping expert says “It’s an exciting time taking the courses overseas.  For years I have had clients travelling from all over the world to attend the UK courses, but not everyone can afford the luxury of a long haul flight.  I am planning to do one off events, demonstrations and courses, catering for all budgets and already there’s been plenty of interest”

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Aboriginal Artwork courtesy of Gary Spicer

Jane is currently in Australia on a research trip and there’s plenty going on behind the scenes with several shops and businesses keen to do a collaboration. Events may start as early as April and Jane will also be offering demonstrations and private courses for craft meet ups, groups of friends, social groups and charities.

Australia gift wrapping course

If you are interested in the Australian courses, demonstrations and events please drop us a line. Gift Wrapping Courses in Singapore will also continue this year so make sure that you are subscribed to our newsletter for early bird deals. Just drop us an email at info@janemeans.co.uk

Happy wrapping!

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Celebrating National Wrapping Day and joining Kirstie Allsopp on TV

With less than a week until Christmas, the last few months have been a whirlwind at Jane Means HQ. We’ve hired additional staff for our London Gift Wrapping Service and have been featured heavily in the press this Christmas. We even wrapped Shirley Bassey’s gifts on the front cover of the Christmas edition of Hello Magazine and can’t wait to see it on the shelves next week. I’ve also done several shows and continue to do lots of ‘giftwrapped’ book signings and have joined Kirstie Allsopp on stage and infant of the camera.  I’m now getting ready for National Wrapping Day with Scotchtape (crikey it’s all go!)

London Gift wrapping service

 

Many of us this weekend will be busy doing our Gift Wrapping in time for Christmas, so we thought it would be a perfect time to celebrate National Wrapping Day. As the Brand Ambassador for Scotchtape, we’ve filmed several handy videos which will help you tackle those awkward shapes.

Many techniques can also be found in my book ‘gift wrapped’ (which you can get personally signed if you order from us by Monday)

 

National wrapping day

On Sunday 20th December, I will be doing a live chat with ScotchUK on Twitter where I’ll be answering questions, plus there will be its of tips and ideas. Just follow the hashtag #NationalWrapDay to join in with the gift wrapping party.

National Wrapping Day logo

We would love to see photos of your best wrapped present and I will be choosing a winner on Monday morning. The lucky person will take a signed copy of ‘gift wrapped’ plus goody bag full of ribbons, tags, tape and craft items. To enter all you have to do is head to Twitter and include the hashtag #NationalWrapDay when sending your photo.

Jane Means on Kirsties Handmade Christmas TV Show

This week I appeared with Kirstie Allsopp on ‘Kirstie Handmade Christmas‘ on Channel 4. Despite being a judge for a competition, I still couldn’t resist having a few laughs.

Kirstie

 

I’d love to hear your comments if you saw it and you can still watch it on Catch up.  It was a tough decision being a judge for a Gift Wrapping Competition but I loved the Japanese style that was displayed.

I also filmed the Christmas gift wrapping commercials for WHSmith.  It even included me gift wrapping a bottle in 10 seconds which blew my own record! Soon after it was launched online it ended up all over the press

Christmas gift wrapping

I look forward to you joining the Gift Wrapping party on Sunday, and in my next Blog Post I will be sharing some very exciting news

Happy wrapping x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Join me for a gift wrapped Champagne lunch at Coworth Park

I’m really looking forward to hosting a festive gift wrapping day on Monday 14th December.  It’s being held at the gorgeous Coworth Park (sister of the Dorchester Hotel), nestled just outside of Ascot.

Jane Means at Coworth Park

Guests can enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival and a three-course lunch in Restaurant Coworth Park with a glass of wine, coffee and chocolates.

Coworth Park speaker event

Events start at 12 noon and cost £50 per person, including a glass of champagne on arrival in the Drawing Room and a three-course lunch in Restaurant Coworth Park with a glass of wine, coffee and chocolates.

Luxury Gift Wrapping

After lunch I will be hosting a gift wrapping masterclass, which will be packed with lots of Christmas tips and ideas. At the end of the day guests can grab a signed copy of ‘Giftwrapped’ and enjoy some shopping in the adjoining conservatory.

There are a few places left so be sure to book your place. Get Christmas gift wrapped  and I will see you there for some festive fun, present wrapping and champagne!

For more information and booking please contact Coworth Park

Happy Wrapping!

 

 

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