The Total Package

When I start thinking of the holiday season, one of the first things that springs to mind are all the gorgeous greeting cards and gift wrap that start hitting the shelves. I will unabashedly admit that the #1 activity that gets me in the holiday spirit is wrapping gifts, as well as writing cards, so I’m always excited to share new gift ideas with you guys related to holiday greeting cards and gift wrap. Below are some of my favourite finds this season!


Printed in Canada Christmas Cards – $4.75 – $6 @ Forest & Waves
If you’re in the market to just send out a handful of cards to those you truly treasure, then invest in a card that has the same amount of TLC put into it. Vancouver-based Forest & Waves sources their paper from Canadian or Scandinavian mills that have a history of ethical  paper production, uses eco-friendly inks, and hand silkscreens every piece. Inspired by the great outdoors, their gorgeous cards are truly a work of art not just for how they look, but for how they’re made. They’ve just launched a few new styles to carry you through this holiday season – pick up a different one for every special person you’d like to celebrate the holidays with.


Rifle Paper Co. Gift Wrap – $10.95 each @ Indigo
It seems a total no-brainer that paper products brand Rifle Paper Co. would have gift wrap, but I honestly can’t remember seeing it before today. Designed with Anna Bond’s signature whimsical style, each bundle contains three rolled sheets. Motifs include everything from a wintery scene (my fave) to pretty botanicals to holiday-esque angels. Mix and match ’em for a totally coordinated look under the tree!


Merry Christmas Sound Wave Greeting Cards – $35 for 12 @ Sound Wave Art
If you’re sending a card because you can’t say Merry Christmas to someone in person, then check out these nifty greeting cards. The image on the front is created from the actual soundwave of someone saying Merry Christmas, and they’re available in a bunch of other ‘sayings’ as well. You can also create your own custom card that shows your soundwave on the front. For the regular cards, note that shipping is an extra $15 USD so you may want to order a larger quantity.


Super Awesome Christmas Wrapping Paper Book – $21.99 @ Retro Festive
If you’re out for laughs this holiday season, then you’ll absolutely want to pick up this hilarious book of wrapping paper. With styles like fruitcake, yetis, bacon, ugly Christmas sweaters and more, it’s easy to add some instant fun to any gift. Filled with 12 different sheets of wrapping paper, consider gifting it to your little brother so he actually has wrapping paper in the house.


Cheerful Holiday Postcards – $2+ @ The Shop
Not into sending holiday cards? You can also send postcards – opt for ones with a fun classic look to play up the retro vibes. Printed on recycled paper, this is another eco-friendly pick – even the sleeve they come in is biodegradable. Note that these are a pick-up only item from The Shop, based in Toronto, however if you contact ’em you might be able to find a way to get them shipped to you.


‘It Might Be a Book’ Wrapping Paper – $8.82 for 5 Sheets @ The Literary Gift Company
I love giving books as holiday gifts – and I guess I happen to be friends with plenty of bookworms who get excited at receiving them. If you’re gifting the obvious, you may as well make it funny by wrapping it in this quirky, self-explanatory paper. While the orange + black version evokes Penguin Classics books, there’s also a pretty blue version that has the same fun retro vibe. Don’t need five sheets? You can also pick up individual ones for under $3 a pop.


JustWink App – Free, With Card Packs from $2.79
If you’re doing the paperless thing this holiday season, check out this nifty app. You can buy card packs (or take advantage of a handful of free cards) that contain about 10 different styles (depending on the pack) of virtual greeting cards, which can then be customized with your own photo, personal message, signature, and potentially even a gift card or voice message. Because you do it all from your phone, you can send these cool greetings via text or email. The app is offered by American Greetings, so you know the cards’ll be well written and charming to boot.


Silkscreened Wrapping Paper – $5 @ Forest & Waves
I couldn’t resist featuring another product from Canadian brand Forest & Waves. They’ve not only covered you on the greeting card front, but with wrapping paper too. Like their cards, this gorgeous paper is lovingly silkscreened by hand here in Canada, with paper sourced from some of the world’s most responsible producers. Silkscreen, if you didn’t know, is the practice of dragging ink across a mesh surface, which then transfers an image onto the paper below. The result is paper that is truly unique from sheet to sheet. If you love the styles they’ve got now, they’re also launching some new ones mid-month. No worries – I promise I won’t mock any of you for making like your frugal Auntie and saving the paper after you unwrap a gift – it’d look just as cute in a simple minimalist frame or sliced down to rewrap another smaller gift in the future!


Want to get a jump start on the holidays? You’re in luck. Forest & Waves has kindly offered to give away a prize package of greeting cards and gift wrap to one lucky winner! Want to nab it for yourself? Here’s how to enter for your chance:

1) SUPER important note! You must be a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber to enter this giveaway. Just find the ‘Gift of Gab’ box on the righthand side of this page and either hit ‘Follow’ or enter your email address. Once you’ve done that, leave me a comment by November 15, 2016 with a link back to your favourite Christmas card on the Forest & Waves website. While you’re at it, tell me your favourite greetings + wrap idea featured in this post!

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 16, 2016 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 Forest & Waves on Instagram and either Regram one of their photos and take a photo from their site and share it on your own feed, tagging them in it. Leave a link back to your photo in the comments below in a separate comment.


84 Responses to “The Total Package”
  1. KellyPC says:

    I love the lumberjacks card!
    That monster wrapping paper is the coolest thing ever!

  2. T-Dub says:

    I love the “Warmest Wishes” card! So cute!

  3. aketch says: This card is very cheerful, and the colours are lovely!

  4. Chanel O says:

    Such quirky designs! My favorite Xmas card is actually a New Year’s card

  5. DebP says:

    I like the canoe Noel card. They’re pretty unique. Hope I win.

  6. Aimee says:

    Very cool products. I like the lumberjacks card!
    I am a subscriber

  7. Nicole Aben says:

    I like the hot spring holiday card because this is something we like to do with our family

  8. Juliee Fitze says:

    My favorite card is the Rudolf cheers card .

  9. Alyssa says:

    I really like the warmest wishes Christmas card. That bookworm wrapping paper is also really cute!

  10. I like the Ugly Sweater Card!

    I like the Merry Christmas Sound Wave Greeting Cards idea from y our post!

  11. Kathleen L says:

    I can think of a few people to give this one to

  12. Deanna Barkley says:

    I like the Rudolph Cheers card
    The Rifle wrapping paper looks very cheery. I also like the Merry Christmas soul Wave Greeting cards. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  13. cheryl mclellan says:

    I love this card, so cute! I think the Might Be A Book Wrapping Paper is a neat idea!

  14. krysta d says:

    I really love the ‘Rudolf Cheers Card’ – its so sweet!

  15. bkick1 says:

    Love the Rudolf Cheers Card and I think the Rifle Paper Gift Wrap is my favorite.

  16. Jennifer C. says:

    Here is the link to my favourite Christmas card: Also, I really love the Rifle Paper Co. Gift Wrap!

  17. intensev5 says:

    I like the Warmest Wishes Card:
    I like the Super Awesome Christmas Wrapping Paper Book – $21.99 @ Retro Festive

  18. Chantelle says:

    I wasn’t a huge fan of the cards but my favorite was

  19. M. Archambeau says:

    This one brings back memories…

  20. Carole Dube says:

    I love the Christmas Cabin Card so pretty! I really like the It Might be a book wrapping paper.

  21. Ohh that lumberjack card!!! Adorable!!

    Ps-love the “it might be a book” wrapping paper. Beautiful products!

  22. L. Marr says:

    I love this one…. the deer looks like my dog!
    I also am in love with the “Christmas Sweater” wrapping paper. So Cute!

  23. janinevan09 says:

    my favourite one in the post is the sound waves greeting card, how cool is that!! from the site i like this one,

  24. Sean M says:

    I like the sound wave of “Merry Christmas”

    The Boreal Woods Wrapping Paper is nice.

  25. I really like the Ugly Sweater card. And I really like the silk screened wrapping paper idea on your post. I’m a notoriously bad wrapper, so this might help me.

  26. My favourite card is the holiday rug

    My favourite from this post is the IT MIGHT BE A BOOK wrapping paper! I NEED some of that! Its pretty awesome!

  27. Janet P. says:

    I love the winter scenery gift wrap. It looks so festive yet calming like freshly fallen snow. My favourite Christmas card from their site is this one.

  28. I like the Silkscreened Wrapping Paper

  29. Sherry K says:

    The Holiday Rug Card is my favourite.

  30. Milley says:

    The silkscreened wrapping paper is my fave. Of the cards, the deer in the canoe with Noel is my fave!!

  31. Love their record player card! And as a complete booknerd, I’m loving the “It Might Be A Book” wrapping paper from this post. So fun.

  32. Cathy C says:

    I like the greeting card that says warmest wishes. I like the standard saying of Merry Christmas. Using this wrapping for books is a great idea.

  33. J says:

    I like the stocking card: and also the merry christmas waveform – for your inner geek – and “is it a book”

  34. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    i like the rifle co wrapping paper

  35. Erin McSweeney says:

    my favourite Christmas card is, and i like the It Might Be A Book wrapping paper from this post

  36. Anndrea Chan says:

    My favourite card is and the Silkscreen is my favourite from this post!!!

  37. kim says:

    I love the bookworm themed wrapping paper and this card

  38. Linda H says:

    My favourite Christmas card is Warmest wishes –
    I like the Silkscreened Wrapping Paper.

  39. Catherine Cole says:
    I love to say Merry Christmas and I like the Boreal Woods wrapping paper

  40. Nothing says Happy Holidays like bacon wrapping paper! Gotta love the fun illustrations on all the Forest and Waves cards!

  41. Edmond says:

    Yay, my fave: and the Silkscreen . . Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. 🙂

  42. Alison K says:

    I’m a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber. My favourite Christmas card on the Forest & Waves website is their Rudolf Camping Card And my favourite greetings + wrap idea featured in this post would be the Cheerful Holiday Postcards – $2+ @ The Shop and Super Awesome Christmas Wrapping Paper Book – $21.99 @ Retro Festive

  43. KELLY E says:

    On this post I like It Might be A Book wrapping paper and the printed in Canada Christmas Cards on the sight I like the Lumberjacks card

  44. katydidit says:

    The Rudolph Camping Card is my favourite.

  45. AliKira says:

    The Lumberjacks card is definitely my favourite!

  46. janicour says:

    I love the reminds me of Manitoba. On this page I love ‘It Might Be a Book’ Wrapping Paper – @ The Literary Gift Company

  47. Kelly H says:

    I liked the Rifle Co. Gift wrap. !

    And i like this warmest wishes card:

  48. Denae Boucher says:

    Love the Rifle Paper Co. Gift Wrap and my favourite card is

  49. cookie3 says:

    love the Rifle wrapping paper. my favorite xmas card is this one

  50. Janet M says:

    I love this card: The cactus card is bright and cheery. I prefer natural looking wrap and cars with a nature theme.

  51. Sunshine G says:

    The ugly sweater card is hilarious!

  52. Burcu says:

    I like
    Rifle Paper Co. Gift Wraps look very elegant

  53. diane says:

    My favourite card is santa surfing and my favorite greetings plus wrap would be the Holiday Postcards.

  54. Laurie W. says:

    My favourite Christmas card is the Rudolf cheers.

  55. Linda says:

    My favourite Forest & Waves card is the Noel Canoe Card – I think the “It might be a book!” wrapping idea for bookworms is the best one.

  56. AshleyAC says:

    Their cards are all so nice! My favourite Christmas card is the cabin one . My favourite greetings and wrap idea is the Silkscreened wrapping paper

  57. Kaitlyn says:

    Such cute designs! I think this Hannukkah one is my favourite

  58. Danielle says:

    I love the Warmest Wishes Card (such an adorable woodland hot-cocoa party around a campfire!)

  59. Amy Doyle says:

    Love the Noel cards! Love that it might be a book wrapping paper 🙂

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