Nesting: My Gift Closet

December 1, 2005

Her Apprenticeship:
Sally learned the art of wrapping at her mother's wrap desk at age 5, wrote thank-you notes before she could tie her own shoes and worked in packing and shipping at the Horchow Collection (the mail-order company founded by her father) soon thereafter.

Gifting Tips:
Give small presents often, for no particular reason and without expectation for reciprocation. Keep a birthday calendar and a stash of extra cards in your desk.

Closet must-haves:
Double-stick tape for seamless packages, a tiny hole punch, rubber stamps and ColorBox Pigment Stamp Pads (they look like paint), baskets with dividers to separate cards by occasion (birthday, thank-you, etc.)

When not Wrapping:
She writes on entertaining, lifestyle and travel for various publications. She and her father, Roger, penned The Art of Friendship: 70 Simple Rules for Making Meaningful Connections. A special edition is available at

Staying Organized
My closet doubles as a wrap desk, built to be comfortable for me to stand in front of. I store grab-and-go host presents on the top shelves and wrapping accessories in drawers or on a slotted wall with movable hooks. A big roll of kraft paper - my favorite blank canvas - lives on the dek for easy access, as does my dry-erase board, to remind me of upcoming birthdays.

Humorous Host Gift
A book is prefect to giv e if you're invited to visit someone whose design aesthetic you don't yet know. I love the playfulness of this Edward Gorey classic about an uninvited, rude creature that never leaves!

Paper Stash
An extra-tall drawer with dividers makes it easy to see wrapping paper rolls. I hide leftover scraps in a basket and reuse them for accents or gift cards.

Card Stamping
I buy gift accessories wherever I can. I had this stamp of my name in Chinese characters made during a trip to Hong Kong, and I use it on cards for a creative return address.
"Auspicious" stone stamp set $16.50 at

Indispensable Tool
An artist friend turned me on to this paste - great for any paper project because it's acid-free and won't cause wrinkles. It also smells delicious.
"Coccoina paste" $4,95 at SAM FLAX (212-620-3000)

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