It may not be wise to judge a book by its cover, but gifts are another matter entirely. This holiday season, use these hand-painted and printed papers to make your presents stand out from the pack ? regardless of what's inside.
We love Luxe Paperie, which uses a centuries old Italian hand-marbling technique to create a stunning product that's also totally unique; no two of these colorful sheets ($12 per sheet) are the same. Or for a more seasonal look, try Oscar & Ollie's brick-printed Christmas tree paper ($7.50 per sheet).
"Recycled wrapping paper" used to mean old newspapers, but now there are far more attractive eco-friendly options. Smock Paper ($8 for 2 reversible sheets) uses sustainable bamboo paper and citrus-based inks on their gorgeous gift wraps, each printed on an antique letterpress. And Chewing the Cud ($12) goes a step further with hand-printed reusable fabric wraps which make for great scarves once you've untied them.