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Wrap Stars

Who says you can't judge a gift by its wrapping? In a season when the thought counts more than ever, express your affection from the outside in, with artful presentation. Here, five New York designers help you think out of the box.


Martha Stewart, design guru
"I wanted to bring White Christmas splendor into my home. I started by flattening the box and spray-painting it minty green. Once it dried, I applied sprigs of cedar, spray-painted them white, and peeled them off. Then, I pasted glass glitter to the outline and silver berries all over, reassembled the box, and put a bow and a sprig on the top." Krylon spray paint is available at Janovic stores; glitter from Martha by Mail (800-950-7130 or; sprigs from your local tree vendor.

Jonathan Adler, potter
"I've been wrapping myself in Lacoste my whole life." Vintage Lacoste shirt from Sugartown Traders, Lawrence, Kansas (785-331-2791); belt from J. Press, 7 E. 44th St. (212-687-7642); pens from Staples.

Elizabeth Ryan, florist
"I papered the box with galax leaves, spray-painted silver. It's a gift within a gift -- the box will last long after the holidays." Spray glue, spray paint, and wire from Saifee,114 First Ave. (212-979-6396); balls from Kmart.

Betsey Johnson, fashion designer
"I used florist foil -- it comes in lots of colors. No tape, no strings . . . this takes two seconds!" Marabou trim from M&J Trimmings, 1008 Sixth Ave., near 38th St. (212-391-9072).

David Yurman, jewelry designer
"We all need angels right now. I first made this angel in bronze over 25 years ago. She's perfect for my holiday gifts." Synthetic suede is available in a range of colors at B&J Fabrics, 263 W. 40th St. (212-354-8150).


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