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<p>{1} Wragwrap Crackle Medium</p>
<p>This environmentally friendly gift wrap is made from recycled plastic bottles and polyester. Instead of sticky tape, it is fastened using a cord and button, so it can be reused dozens of times. The material is even designed to make that proper paper crackling sound to please the traditionalists.</p>
<p>£8.99, wragwrap.com</p>

The 10 Best wrapping paper

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Christmas decorations in Oxford Street, London, England

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The best Christmas gifts for the quaffer

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Main image: cat lamp, £135, Liberty

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