The Most Beautiful Artisanal Wrapping Paper
Our editors rely on these rolls, time and time again, to present packages with style—flora and fauna, marbled, toile designs, and botanical illustrations are all in the mix.
Gift-giving takes place throughout the entire year to mark holidays, birthdays, and special occasions alike. But the beauty of a gift is often in the packaging, and the right wrapping paper makes all the difference. Our editors' picks will help you get professional-quality results. Over the years, we've wrapped all kinds of boxes, bags, and bundles with paper—and, consequently, had the opportunity to shop from the best. Follow their sources and you'll find a worldwide supply of designs: From Nepal, the renewable Lokta plant's long fibers are remarkably strong, giving Lokta paper its durability and luxurious feel in hand. Stone paper is water-resistant, recyclable, reusable, and it cuts with ease. Many of these exemplary rolls support local artisans and their age-old textile techniques. Chiyogami is a luxurious hand-printed paper using the Japanese silk-screen technique. Meanwhile, indigo textiles from West Africa can be replicated on paper in the same experimental patterns. And for the finishing touch? Add embellishments in the form of gift tags, ribbon tied into bows, and other toppers.
Since we love wrapping gifts as much as we love giving them, we've rounded up the best artisanal wrapping paper options you can buy right now. Shop some of our favorites here for wrapping gifts of all shapes and sizes in all styles. Gifts wrapped in a beautiful paper become keepsakes all their own, but even just a bit of patterned or textured paper, thoughtfully cut and folded, can transform any plain package into a fitting surprise.
So, whether you're celebrating a holiday, a birthday, an anniversary, or giving a gift just because, these pretty rolls of paper will help take your present to the next level.
Flora and Fauna
Anna Bond's popular hand-painted illustrations now inspire an entire line of stationery and paper goods. Featuring a festive print, this particular paper brings an extra touch of whimsy to wrapping presents during the holiday season.
Shop Now: Rifle Paper Co. Patridge Wrapping Roll, $10, riflepaperco.com.
Artful patterns and color characterize the work of William Morris, one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts movement and a forerunner of modern design. This booklet contains a dozen large sheets of his high-quality wrapping paper, each with a unique design.
Shop Now: William Morris Gift Wrap Paper, $7.95, amazon.com.
The London design duo, Alicia Perry and Rebecca Intavarant, crafts original botanical patterns with a modern, timeless feel. Each hand-painted pattern, including this sheet featuring the "Parisian Pink" design—is digitally reproduced onto 120 GSM paper, thicker than your standard wrap to allow for any number of other creative uses.
Shop Now: Tuppence Collective Pink Vintage Floral Wrapping Paper, $4.23, etsy.com.
Pretty in Plaid
This wrapping paper features a sophisticated plaid print in an elegant gold foil. But there's more to it than meets the eye: It's a paper made of stone, which is eco-friendly, water-resistant, recyclable, reusable, and it cuts like butter.
Shop Now: Paper Source Gold Foil Plaid Stone Wrapping Paper, $9.95, papersource.com.
This artful rendering of white blooms in a field is on handmade silk-screened Lokta paper. Grown in Nepal, the renewable Lokta plant's long fibers are remarkably strong, giving Lokta paper both its durability and luxurious feel in hand.
Shop Now: Midori Twigs White/Gold Mint Gift Wrap, $12 for two sheets, midori.com.
From Justina Blakeney, known for her "boho" aesthetic, this gift wrap set includes five sheets of wrapping paper and five gift tag stickers. The reversible wrapping sheets are printed in America on recycled and recyclable newsprint featuring Blakeney's original artwork—a lush botanical and a modern geometric resembling a star.
Shop Now: Jungalow "Jungalicious" Recycled Gift Paper, $10 for five sheets, jungalow.com.
A toile print is classic, as is the designer of this reversible roll. Caspari wrapping papers feature prints and designs from artist and museums around the world and are printed on high-quality, durable paper.
Shop Now: Caspari Pagoda Toile Reversible Gift Wrapping Paper, $7, casparionline.com.
Anna Griffin of Atlanta, Georgia, uses her signature artistry in all manner of high-end stationery, gifts, and fabrics. Her design here takes classic toile print and refreshes it with bold blue color.
Shop Now: Anna Griffin Floral Toile Blue Paper, 75¢ per sheet, annagriffin.com.
Chiyogami is a luxurious hand-printed paper using the silk-screen technique. In this artistic process, each color is applied using a separate screen; sometimes, as many as 12 colors, including gold or other metallics.
Shop Now: Chiyogami Red Coral Flowers, $10 for half sheet, hollanders.com.
These artisanal sheets replicate the look of indigo textiles from West Africa with striking patterns and indigo color. Traditional dyers would immerse un-dyed cloth in dye to create precise patterns, then remove the ties to reveal patterns of lines, shells, and dots. For this gift wrap, royalties benefit textile artists.
Shop Now: St. Frank Indigo Wrapping Paper, $18, stfrank.com.
Rich gold swirls on a natural background makes this fine paper a stunning accent to gift packages. The sheets have deckled edges and is long-fibered, strong, and beautiful.
Shop Now: Paper Source Gold on Natural Marble Handmade Paper, $9.95, papersource.com.
In 2012, Meg and Chad Gleason bought a century-old letterpress, intent on charming the stationery world with unique dip-dye touches and hand-painted designs. The result? Moglea—one-of-a-kind paper goods crafted by hand in their Audubon, Iowa studio, and artistic designs such as this one.
Shop Now: Moglea "Nebula" Wrapping Paper Roll, $12 for 3 sheets, anthropologie.com.
Birds of a Feather
Cavallini & Co. sources its inspiration for vintage-inspired designs from both everyday ephemera and iconic artworks—including this print on the natural history of birds. Every sheet is printed on Italian acid free paper, which makes it lovely to use as gift wrap or frame as art.
Shop Now: Cavallini & Co. Natural History Birds Decorative Paper Sheet, $8.95, papersource.com.
Illustrator Amy Heitman of Grand Rapids, Michigan, designs her own line of stationery, including cards and gift wrap. This geometric design is printed on luxe uncoated text weight paper.
Shop Now: Amy Heitman Geometric Tile Gift Wrap, $4.50, etsy.com.