These days, many people think of fancy, high-end and expensive smart gadgets when it comes to the perfect gift.
It’s not wrong but if you prefer something out of the blue, unexpected or just downright different, how about going back to basics and getting your loved ones paper-based gifts instead.
I’d like to point out that I don’t mean gift cards or hand-made envelopes; there is much more in this category than you would think!
There’s a whole world of paper-based gifts out there which I find very enjoyable. Plus, they are usually a lot cheaper than other gifts, and they offer a more personal touch as well – paper always feels like you put a lot of care in.
Unleash your artistic flair with the ‘Let’s Get Artsy’ Collection Pack by Graphic 45. Brimming with vibrant, Van Gogh and Kahlo-inspired designs, this set features 16 double-sided decorative papers and a sticker sheet. Ideal for scrapbooking, card making, and more, it’s a must-have for crafting enthusiasts.
Sustainable luxury meets ethical design in the Precious & Ethical Collector’s Box. This set includes two vegan-cover notebooks, one in dark blue and another with a python-effect black design, made with organic waste from the Italian wine industry by VEGEAÃÂ®. These notebooks boast 100g/m² paper, rounded corners, an elastic closure, and a bookmark ribbon. Complementing the set is a python-effect document envelope and a Kaweco Fountain Pen with spare cartridges, all elegantly packaged in a gift box.
Wrap your gifts with a touch of nature using the Garden-theme Gift Wrap. This luxury paper features a stunning garden design, perfect for nature lovers. Each 50cm x 70cm sheet is crafted from 100gsm Forest Stewardship Council Certified Paper, offering an eco-friendly and recyclable choice. Same-day dispatch ensures your gifts are wrapped both beautifully and responsibly.
The Mother & Daughter Letter Book Set by Whitney Biggs is more than just a gift; it’s a celebration of the mother-daughter bond. This keepsake blends a journal, letter exchange, and scrapbook, filled with cards, envelopes, and quotes. It evolves into a treasured heirloom as it collects memories, thoughts, and emotions, capturing the essence of this unique relationship. Crafted in China, it’s a heartfelt tribute to mothers and daughters everywhere.
For those who find joy in the little things, the Rifle Paper Co Curio Stitched Notebooks are a delight. This set of three features charming floral designs in cream, pale pink, and black, adorned with gold motifs. Measuring 15.3 cm x 21.6 cm, these 64-page softcover notebooks are perfect for jotting down thoughts and sketches. Printed in the UK on eco-friendly, plastic-free materials, they bring artistic elegance to your daily notes.
Experience the elegance of traditional Japanese stationery with the Midori Letterpress Cherry Writing Set. This exquisite set includes 4 green envelopes and 8 high-quality letterpress sheets, each reflecting artisanal craftsmanship. Measuring 14.8 cm x 21 cm, the pages offer ample space for heartfelt messages, while the envelopes (16 cm x 11.3 cm) complement them perfectly. Made in Japan, this set is a nod to the cherished art of letter writing.
Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s creative spirit, the Van Gogh Museum Collector’s Box is a call to explore one’s artistic side. This special edition includes a Sketchbook, Cahier Journal, black pencil, and sharpener. The sketchbook features 165g/m² paper and insights about Van Gogh’s work, while the journal has 16 detachable pages and a flap pocket. In partnership with the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, this set is a tribute to individual creativity, housed in a beautiful reusable box.
Add a personal flair to your Christmas tree with the Christmas Origami Bauble Kit. Ideal for crafters aged 18 and above, this kit includes everything needed to create three William Morris-inspired origami baubles. With patterned papers, white practice paper, photo instructions, and an online tutorial link, it’s perfect for crafting unique, hand-made decorations. Just bring scissors and glue to start this festive crafting journey.
Papier Mache: A Step-by-Step Guide’ from the Art Makers series brings the joy of papier mache to crafters of all levels. This guide focuses on using simple, recyclable materials for a range of fun projects. From home decor to unique gifts and whimsical figures, it offers detailed instructions for both beginners and those revisiting this folk art. Dive into this environmentally friendly craft for a blend of creativity and sustainable art-making.
Experience the joy of heartfelt communication with the ‘Letters to My Mom’ Stationery Set. Ideal for expressing love and appreciation, it includes eight customisable letters with unique prompts. Seal your emotions in elegant envelopes, tuck them into a keepsake box, and gift your mother with words that feel like a warm hug.
Celebrate life’s journey with the Paper Map with Personalized Milestone Pin. This multi-layered French paper map, complete with customizable push pins, lets couples commemorate their shared milestones. It’s an ideal gift for marking adventures and cherishing memories, especially as a 1st-anniversary keepsake.
Discover the art of elegance with the Maker’s Kit for crafting wax seals. Complete with six sealing wax sticks and a specially designed glue gun, this kit is perfect for personalizing letters and invitations. Handmade in Canada, it promises around 50 beautifully crafted seals, adding a touch of class to your correspondence.
Delve into Berlin’s architectural wonders with ‘Citygami Berlin: Build Your Own Paper Skyline.’ This Clockwork Soldier creation offers a hands-on experience in paper craft, allowing you to assemble famous landmarks with ease. A fusion of art and architecture, it’s a unique way to explore and display Berlin’s iconic skyline.
Start from $6.00
For developers, expressing passion for your work can be fun with themed stickers. DevSwag offers a variety of stickers, including jQuery, Sass, Grunt, and Handlebars. For custom or non-developer stickers, Sticker Mule is a great resource, known for crafting stickers for DevSwag and more.
Start from $12.95
If you’re interested in something with an ‘indie’ vibe, consider Field Notes. Their 48-page plain notebooks, available in packs of three, are a great choice. My personal favorite from their range is the ‘Archival Wooden Box’ – a stylish storage solution for paper notes.
Enhance your Halloween celebrations with the Ghost Handmade Paper, a perfect addition to add a unique and artisanal touch to your gift-giving. This exquisite handmade paper elevates the presentation of your gifts, offering an enchanting and personalized flair that is ideal for the spookiest season of the year. Its delicate and crafted nature brings an extra layer of thoughtfulness and charm to your Halloween surprises.
Start from $30.00
For notebook lovers, I recommend exploring two of my favorites. Moleskine is a renowned brand, offering a wide range of excellent notebooks, including a convenient iPad app. Their Passion Journals, themed around interests like food, wine, travel, beer, and books, make wonderful gifts. For a more versatile option, their plain Notebooks are an excellent choice.
Dixit stands out for its simplicity and appeal across ages. It’s perfect for groups ready to unleash their creativity and storytelling skills, using beautifully illustrated cards. Dixit is readily available at most board game stores and online.
Start from $7.00
Posters are a versatile gift option, suitable for any interest. From movie posters of popular films like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Captain America’ to art, sports, and cars, there’s a poster for everyone.
Start from $359.00
Paper enthusiasts might enjoy making their own paper at home. Although it can be an investment, with presses costing around $350, Arnold Grummer’s offers starter kits from around $70, making it an accessible hobby for beginners.