If you are a book lover, than you undoubtedly know how exciting it is to give and receive books. We, at Balissande, are avid readers. And we are a bit old-fashioned too. We prefer the printed version to the digital. We love a book in our hands – the shape, the heaviness, the solidity of it. We love the woodsy scent and the sound it makes when we turn a page. For these reasons, we wanted to do a post on the many ways one can gift wrap a book. We hope it will inspire more people to give books as presents.
There are many ways to wrap books. The first way that may come to mind is using basic gift wrapping paper. This is an easy and traditional way. The great part about it is there are so many different kinds of wrapping paper in the market now, it’s easy to make your book look interesting from the very beginning. Here are some examples.
For a rustic look, you can use brown wrapping/packaging paper. You can find this paper in Walmart, Target, Michaels – anywhere that has a section for packaging. When going this route, remember to tie a ribbon. It will keep your gift from looking like a package about to be shipped. For more elegance, consider attaching a flower blossom to the bow.
For a little more glam, you can buy custom designed gift wrapping paper online. Check out these silver gold marble wrapping papers by luxury_luxury.
If you are looking for something more old world and European, LuxePaperie.com has something for you.
If you are gifting more than one book of different sizes, it is best to place your books in a gift box first before wrapping them. You should always make sure your present is wrapped neatly and with symmetry. A gift box helps in this case. You can buy these boxes in most places that sell gift wrapping and packaging products. For better quality, you can buy premium boxes online at stores like Gogopak.com and BedBathandBeyond.com.
If you do not want to wrap your gift, there are gift boxes that don’t need to be wrapped. Some only need a ribbon tied around it, and some nothing at all. In these cases, it’s all about the design and the quality of the box.
If you are looking for a more unique gift box, consider ones made of leather or wood. There are many on the market now, some even with designs etched into them. If you have time, you can also have one personalized. Engraving sentimental notes or literary quotes is always a nice touch. What’s wonderful about this format of gift packaging is its re-usability. It can be re-used and re-purposed many times over.
Whether you want to box, wrap, or cover your gift in tissue paper, gift bags are always a nice addition. There are so many options when presenting your gift with a bag. When it comes to gift bags, it is all about the design and material of the bag – solid color, luxury prints, jewels, sequins, leather, canvas, cotton…
Check out these Kraft paper gift bags below. They are simple bags, without much fanfare, but they would be a great way to informally present smaller books.
If you are looking for a more unique way to present your gift, consider a literary quote tote bag. They are apropos, cute, and best of all can be used many times over. You should also consider leather bags. They make for both a unique and luxurious gift wrap. Here are a few examples below.
Etsy: Leather Tote Bag
The key to using gift bags is strength. Books can be heavy, especially hard-covered books. Make sure to always choose the right bag for your books. You do not want the bag’s handle to break before reaching their destination. Also, if you can see books protruding from the side of the bag or at the bottom of the bag or if the bag falls lopsided after placing books inside it, search for another one. The bag is too flimsy for your books. An exception to this rule is if you are presenting your books in a canvas tote bag. In this case, the bag is expected to change shape.
“Though I read the occasional eBook from time to time, I will only stop reading books printed on paper when they pry them from my cold, dead, withered hands, and even then, they will be hard pressed to take them from me.”
― H.L. Stephens