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Reference Materials

We find ourselves regularly returning to these books for gift-related inspiration, how-tos, advice and/or knowledge!


  • Pretty Packages by Madelene Farin. Chronicle Books: San Francisco, CA, 2014.


    What we liked: An excellent introduction to gift wrapping with a lot of great ideas that aren't complicated but easy and elegant! Right up our alley.



    Date added: August 10, 2017

  • Perfect Gift Wrapping Ideas by Hiroe Miyaoka. Tuttle Publishing: Rutland, VT, 2015.


    What we liked: Every time we look through this book, it inspires us to up our gift wrapping game. There are so many clever (and beautiful!) ideas contained in this book that there's no way you'll exhaust it in short order.



    Date added: August 9, 2017

  • Gift Wrapping: Creative Ideas from Japan by Kunio Ekiguchi. Kodansha International: New York, NY, 1986.


    What we liked: Our copy of this book almost looks like it has a fringe due to the number of little bookmarks sticking out the top, marking all the gift wrapping techniques we'd like to try. As one might expect, this book treats on furoshiki, the Japanese art of gift wrapping with cloth, but it also covers on a host of other techniques. In addition to the range of ideas presented, we also really enjoyed reading the brief cultural histories in the book, contextualizing the various gift wrapping methods. Side note: perhaps because this book dates to the 80s, there are fewer color images (and they are definitely of their decade). For us, this didn't detract from the book's value but we mention it in the name of expectation management.



    Date added: August 8, 2017

  • Furoshiki Fabric Wraps by Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki. C&T Publishing: Lafayette, CA, 2012.


    What we liked: Inspiration for furoshiki (aka gift wrapping with cloth) - plus, we really liked the discussion about cloth choices at the beginning of the book, from sizing to edge finishes.



    Date added: August 7, 2017

  • Wrapping with Fabric by Etsuko Yamada. Tuttle Publishing: Rutland, VT, 2014.


    What we liked: One of our go-to sources for inspiration and schooling in furoshiki (cloth gift wrapping) techniques. We love that there are so many photographs accompanying the instructions and enjoyed reading about the history and cultural context of furoshiki in the sections at the back of the book.



    Date added: August 6, 2017

  • Giftwrapped by Jane Means. Jacqui Small: London, 2014.


    What we liked: If anyone is a gift wrapping expert, it's Jane Means. This book contains how-tos on everything from pleating, to box making, to a wide selection of beautiful bows. Not only does this book offer inspiration, it offers clear, well-illustrated instructions.



    Date added: August 5, 2017