It's no longer enough to find the perfect gift. Now the package has to look good too. This holiday season brings plenty of new ideas on topics such as how to light up the night without a tangled mess of tiny bulbs and how to tie the perfect bow. And if the occasion calls for some spirits, there's a slew of gift bags and caddies for bottles, in linen and leather. Cheers!
Just in time for the holidays, lifestyle guru Carolyne Roehm has introduced a line of gift-wrapping sets suited to every occasion. Kits include papers, left; ribbons, right; tags; and decorative items. From $35 to $85 at carolyneroehm.com The tip on how to tie a perfect bow is free.
EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED
Decking the halls may not be so frustrating this year with Litewire, a new lighting product that banishes those infernal nests of tangled Christmas lights. The energy-efficient illuminated wire comes in three colors and lengths, and it's flexible and cool to the touch. From $11.99 to $19.99 at amazon.com
ARE BAGS BETTER THAN BOWS?
Wrapsacks, left, a line of reusable gift bags, makes the case for Earth-friendly wrapping alternatives. And it's clearly the choice if you're regifting. More traditional gift bags for wine from Williams-Sonoma, right, and Hold Everything, far right, come in vintage-style linen or faux croc.