Holiday Head Start

Like I said in yesterday’s amazing kickoff to my holiday coverage – I’m bringing you 50 days of holiday gift idea coverage. Today however, I thought I’d take a step back from the gifts themselves and take a look at greeting cards and gift wrap ideas – the type of things you may spontaneously buy while traversing the aisles of your grocery store or if you’re more committed, may scope out at your local giftware shop. Today I’ve rounded up six of my favourite creative ideas for the season when it comes to greetings and wrap so you can get that holiday prep out of the way.

Suck UK Raunchy Wrapping Paper

 SUCK UK Raunchy Wrapping Paper – $14.37 @
Got a squeamish aunt to shop for? A best friend you want to make smile? A sibling you want to embarrass? Then pick up one of these supersized sheets of cheeky wrapping paper – it’s all pretty, festive stripes on one side, and cheesecake, half-naked dudes on the other. For the record, this paper also comes in a ladies’ edition, although the guys one just has to be funnier – whether gifting it to a guy or a girl. Or if you’re feeling really daring, just eschew the fake regular wrap altogether and let the guy collage sit tantalizingly under the tree.

Printstagram CardsPrintstagram – $25 for 24-36 Custom Cards
I know that photo cards aren’t exactly the world’s most amazing innovation – we’ve all received posed photos of our relatives with wordart seasonal greetings slapped on top. But for those looking for a slightly hipper take on the photo greeting card gambit, consider checking out, a print shop created by Instagrammers that will take your favourite wintery, softly filtered photo and slap it onto a card of your choice. Available in three different sizes with international shipping, it’s a minimalist way to send your heartfelt wishes this holiday season.

Kraft Wrapping PaperCustom Kraft Wrapping Paper – From $39 / Roll @ Jukebox Print
Wrapping paper is beautiful – but most of it is non-recyclable (that being said, check your city’s advisories as many are making efforts to find ways to dispose of the shiny stuff in an eco-friendly manner). Kraft paper is genius because it IS recyclable, and is often made from recycled materials. It also gives your gifts a cute, DIY feel. Jukebox Print is technically a commercial printer, but you can work with them on creating a custom roll in ivory kraft or traditional brown kraft for your family’s use. If you’ve got a budding graphic designer in the family, have them create a festive print – or just design a custom monogram for your family this season. Your gifts will seriously stand out and you won’t feel any guilt once they’re unwrapped. Genius.

Up With Paper 3D CardsUp With Paper Pop Up Cards – $5.99 each
Your greeting cards will make a serious pow when opened if they’re one of Up With Paper’s 3D varieties. The cards are available in over a dozen styles – from minimalist modern designs like a globular snowflake or a snowy village silhouette to more traditional designs, like Santa loading up his sleigh or a kitten causing mischief under the tree. They are available in specialty gift shops across Canada, but you can also order online from the website Sadie’s House. The cards are a little on the pricier side, so save them for those most special folks on your list, like your parents, your boss, or a faraway friend you’re missing this season.

Creative Bag Chalkboard BagsChalkboard Wishes Paper Gift Bags – From $0.65 each @ Creative Bag
Gift bags are a pretty ingenious solution to gift wrap conundrums. They hold awkwardly-shaped items, look good even if you’re miserable at wrapping things, and they’re reusable if you’re gentle with them. There are dozens of options out there, but I like the look (and price) of these pretty, vintage-inspired hand-drawn bags. Available in three sizes, they have a classy yet cute style and if you buy multiples of all three, can tie in your gift wrapping motif. If you care about such things. Not saying you do.

Rifle Paper Co Greeting Cards
Rifle Paper Co. Greeting Cards – $4.50 USD each or $16 for a Box of 8
Not to play favourites, but I should probably preface this write-up by telling you that last year I went a little crazy upon stumbling upon Rifle Paper Co.’s beautiful boxed greeting cards and bought approximately six boxes of them. I was familiar with the brand’s signature precious, retro-inspired, hand-drawn look, but I don’t think I’d ever become fully conscious of who Rifle Paper Co. was till then – of course by that point, it was too late to share with you for the holiday season. Created by married couple Anna and Nathan Bond, the brand started as a humble home business in 2009 and has since exploded into an international phenomenon – far beyond greeting cards, they now have everything from art prints to cell phone cases to gorgeous gift ideas. But I simply couldn’t do a greetings & wrap post without touching on their beautiful, expansive collection of cards, which are available in many gift shops across Canada – you can view their full stockist list here (scroll down!), although recognize they’re also online at major retailers like Indigo. Whether you want something straightforward and sweet like a festive greeting, or something more whimsical like a Wes Anderson-esque snowy hilltop scene or a collection of cards inspired by The Nutcracker, look no further – these cards are truly winners (and available for much more than Christmas!)

Now I want to give one of you a head start on your holiday packaging and planning. I’m giving away a collection of Rifle Paper Co. greeting cards to one lucky winner. If you’re interested in winning your choice of festive wishes, here’s how to enter:

1) Visit the Rifle Paper Co. website and then tell me in the comments below by November 14, 2014 – Which holiday greeting card collection would you pick if you were the lucky winner? Hint: You’ll have to click the ‘Holiday’ button at the top of the Greeting Cards page to peruse their holiday offerings.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around November 15, 2014 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Follow @riflepaperco on Instagram and comment on your favourite photo of theirs. Leave a link back to the photo you’ve commented on in a separate post below to earn one extra entry into the draw. 

87 Responses to “Holiday Head Start”
  1. Katie says:

    I really like these cards:

    I think it’s great that they are dual-purpose!

  2. dorcontest says:

    I really love the Mistletoe Greeting Card.
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  3. Sherry K says:

    I would choose the Christmas Tree cards and also thought the postcards were a super idea and the Holiday Snow Scene was a great one.

  4. Joan G. says:

    I like the Holiday Snow Scene the most.

  5. Erin W says:

    I love the Holiday Snow Scene because we’re a skiing family. So pretty!

  6. kittypride says:

    The Peace on Earth card was lovely

  7. Alison K says:

    Visited the Rifle Paper Co. website and I would pick their Winter Peace on Earth holiday greeting card collection, though all are lovely.

  8. gloria konelsky says:

    I’d like the Birthday Greeting cards

  9. I like the Nativity Christmas Scene card – than ks!

  10. Jennifer C. says:

    I follow on Instagram! I am: @photogirlj

    Not really sure how to link back, but hopefully this is right:

  11. Robyn says:

    Love the “merry and bright” postcards. So cute!

  12. linnett says:

    I liked Twas The Night greeting cards, thanks

  13. GARRY S says:


  14. Julie G. says:

    My fave is the Holiday Snow Scene Ornament Card – I love that it has an ornament that you can pop out of the card. Neat idea!

  15. Susan J. says:

    Nutcracker set

  16. Nick Ponomarev says:

    I like the holiday pop up cards

  17. melanie borhi says:

    Congrats owl cards 🙂

  18. katydidit21 says:

    I love the Fiesta Forest Holiday card.

  19. Tracy says:

    I love the St. Nick Greeting Cards, my family would really enjoy the whimsical look of them!

  20. Sherri F says:

    I’d pick the Snow Globe cards.

  21. Anne Derkat says:

    I’d pick the Wintergreen Christmas. It’s become really hard to find cards that say “Merry Christmas”.

  22. Erin McSweeney says:

    i would love the HOLIDAY POSTCARD

  23. Holly Wright says:

    Instagram – @wrightholl
    I liked and commented on: 6 days ago · Rifle Paper Co
    All of our holiday products are now available including our personalized holiday collection with photo cards, illustrated, & standard greetings. Place a personalized holiday order now through Nov. 3rd and receive 10% off your entire order. #riflepaperco

  24. kathy wilson says:

    nutcracker card

  25. Darlene Boyle says:

    the snowglobe card

  26. aarone mawdsley says:

    I like the TWAS THE NIGHT cards!

  27. Lisa Morrison says:

    I would pick the Peace on Earth holiday greeting card.

  28. Heather Swanson says:

    Holiday Snow Scene

  29. I like the Nutcracker cards.

  30. Susan T. says:

    I love the Holiday Snow Scene cards. They look just like where I live!

  31. Susan T. says:

    I’m @suekitty13 on Instagram. My comment is on

  32. Angela Mitchell says:

    I would choose the Holiday Snow Scene cards.

  33. i love all the cards..the variety and creativeness makes one fell special when they receive them!

  34. CLC says:

    I’d pick the snow globe for its whimsy.

  35. Lynn M says:

    The Holiday Snow Scene cards are lovely..but so is everything else.

  36. Steph says:

    North pole map are my fave !

  37. dabrowne says:

    I like cards that actually say Merry Christmas, so my pick would be the hanging ornaments portrait cards

  38. Grace says:

    I really like the North Pole map postcard card!

  39. Anne says:

    I really lile the North Pole map!

  40. Evren Ay says:

    I like the birthday ballet card! They are all really nice and stylish!

  41. Evelyn Szekely says:

    I think the Fiesta Forest is very nice. Lovely colors and classic design. Very nice indeed

  42. Maryanne says:

    I love the merry stripes!

  43. Maryanne says:

    Commented on instagram @solace76 on their iceland photo

  44. KellyPC says:

    I love the Graphic Happy Holidays card!

  45. Maureen Anderson says:

    Love the Holiday Snow Scene Ornament Card

  46. Lauren M says:

    I’d like the be merry and bright cards!

  47. beewbedard says:

    Loved the Peace on Earth card – so nice

  48. mousecat says:

    I”d choose the Fraser Fir cards!

  49. Janet says:

    I love the Winter Foliage cards-so beautiful!

  50. debbie f says:

    I would pick the Peace on Earth

  51. Janice Lewis says:

    So many awesome ones to pick from, but I love love the feel of this one

  52. Sarah N. says:

    The holiday snow scene is really pretty.

  53. Kiersten says:

    snow scene ones are pretty

  54. julia g says:

    I really like the postcards; especially The Nutcracker one: . But the ornament cards are great as well.

  55. Heather Arnould says:

    The Ornament Cards. They are so cute.

  56. Victoria Ess says:

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  57. kim heintz says:

    I love the Berry Peace on Earth Ornament cards! So pretty.

  58. Wonryang says:

    Holiday Snow Scene

  59. heatherty2 says:

    Love the Happy Holidays collection! A retro, simple vibe to it. Great!

  60. I would choose the Christmas Tree cards.

  61. Evren Ay says:

    I like the ornament cards!

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