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If you are going to give Christmas gifts or gifts at Christmas the wrapping paper is usually in there somewhere, for us it’s quite cheap and readily available.

However Victorians had to make their own as nothing was capable of the mass production needed.

Victorians presents might well be wrapped in white tissue paper decorated with bows snippets of ribbon and lace that could be found lying around the house, in those days very little was wasted.

Sometimes people paper pictures from a greeting card were added as extra decorations for wrapping.

Even a piece of outside greenery was added to the gift box.

So why not try it for yourself…