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Out with the Old and In with the NEW!

Isabelle Vesey - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Lots of new fabrics were delivered to our Philadelphia sewing contractor recently, and they are busy sewing them into fabulous new gift bags! Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming in early Spring, 2016:

For Any Occasion

A little something for everybody: damasks, argyles, geometrics, and, my possible favorite, a somewhat abstract floral. Beautiful spring colors for any gift giving occasion -- Mother's Day, Father's Day, Graduations, Showers, Birthdays, Housewarmings, and Just Because.

For Weddings

I just love this one.  Colors are very subtle, but beautiful in person.  A red eco-satin ribbon will tie everything up.  And I'm pretty sure it's name is "I Do, I Do." (Names are always subject to change until the bags are actually listed on the site!)

I'm also going to put this new Organic Cotton under the Wedding category, but it really could be used for anything.  Something about the chain link makes me think of weddings, maybe it's the old "ball-and-chain" reference?

For Kids

Our kids gift bags have really taken off, especially on Amazon. The pastel squiggles is perfect for a baby shower, and I've been looking for a Sports print that included soccer, football, baseball, and basketball for a while now.  So glad to have found this one.

For Birthdays

I am ALWAYS looking for new birthday fabrics, and while these don't actually say the words "Happy Birthday," I think the sentiment is there.

Since we need to make room for all of the new gift bags, we’ve been moving some of our old favorites into the clearance section.  So check your calendar?  Any weddings, baby showers, or birthday parties coming up? Now is a great time to snag some bargains and get your wrapping done in seconds while leaving no trash behind!

2015 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Isabelle Vesey - Friday, December 04, 2015

Here are some important dates to keep in mind to make sure your VZWraps reach you in time!

  • Thurs., Dec. 17th -- Last day to place an order to ship First Class Mail for arrival by Christmas Eve.
  • Sun., Dec. 20th -- Last day to place an order to ship Priority Mail for arrival by Christmas Eve.
  • Mon, Dec. 21st – It is very likely that your order will ship on Tuesday, Dec. 22nd.  If you are in the Philadelphia area, Priority Mail should get it to you on time.  If you are further away, you’ll need to choose Priority Express.
Please keep in mind that the closer you are to the Philadelphia, the sooner your package should arrive.  We work extremely hard to ship packages the day after an order is received, but with the holiday volume it sometimes is just not physically possible.

Our office will be closed from December 24th through Tuesday, Dec. 29th.   Happy Holidays!!

Holiday Hostess Gifts

Isabelle Vesey - Sunday, November 15, 2015

The holiday season is quickly getting underway and we’re all going to be even busier than usual before you know it. So why not tackle a few things now to make your life easier in December?  Like stocking up on hostess gifts to avoid last minute scrambling before a party.  Here are a few suggestions to get you started (click on any of the photos to be taken to the source):

While flowers are beautiful, especially in the dead of winter, I have a steadfast rule that they have to be arranged when bringing them as a gift.  No busy hostess wants to have to drop everything to find a vase and space in the kitchen to arrange a bouquet.  So make a vase part of the present! has a great selection of vases made from recycled liquor bottles.  I love the blue of this recycled Bombay Sapphire Gin bottle ($18).

Cookies!! The holidays are the perfect time to whip up a batch of your favorites.  But don’t just plop them on a paper plate.  Grab a few holiday themed dishes to show off your confections.  West Elm has some beautiful, and affordable, seasonal choices.  These are regularly $10 each, but I just saw them on sale for $7!

I have a chalk board cheese tray on my wish list, but I also love these little Slate Name Plates from Viva Terra.  It’s extremely rare that I use place cards (I did once because my little niece thought it would be fun), but I can totally see using these markers to identify dishes on a buffet or cheeses on a tray. (Usually $29, just saw them on sale for $25.)

Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! Actually, there is no tiger, but there are 10 other jungle animals in this set of drink stirrers from Food 52. Set of 10 for $22.

I saw a set of these shot-sized mason jars in a store window the other day, and if the store had been open, I would have grabbed them! These look like so much fun and could be used for tiny appetizers or little vases.   I found this set on for $12. 

Every hostess needs a little TLC after the party, so I have three thoughts:  coffee to wake up, chocolate to self-indulge, and bubble bath to wind down.  

Food52 offers a 4-pack sampling of Driftaway Coffee, each from a different country and roasted in Brooklyn.  You could gift the entire 4-pack or divide it into 2 or 4 gifts. It would also make a nice thank you gift for your dog walker, dry cleaner, or other service provider.

For chocolate, I’m a big fan of Lake Champlain chocolates in Vermont.  While it was hard to make up my  mind about what I’d want from this whole page, I think I’d go with the Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Jubilees, if I had to choose only one.  Lake Champlain is available in many Whole Food stores if you need some right away!

Whole Foods is also a great source for some organic bubble bath.  Anything lavender gets my vote – like this Serenity Bubble Bath from EO Products

Finally, one of my faves to give and to get is a charitable donation to Heifer International.  For just $10 you can gift a share of a goat, or for $20 a whole flock of chicks. You can also help fund a project, support sustainable farming, promote women’s empowerment, or just provide some basic needs like clean water. That is a gift that is truly in harmony with the holiday season. 

And for wrapping up all these gifts?  Our wine bottle bags are not only perfect for wine but they hold many smaller gifts as well.  Grab a few, and many a standard size or two, and you'll be all set!

Please leave a comment letting us know what your favorite hostess gift is -- to give or to get.  And for more gift ideas, check out our boards on Pinterest.

Introducing our Holiday 2015 Fabric Gift Bags

Isabelle Vesey - Friday, October 16, 2015
Our 2015 Holiday Gift Bags have just gone live! 

Two favorites return and bring a new friend with them

Christmas Critters has been around for a few years and is consistently one of our top sellers. Red Damask was new last year, but quickly sold out.  Thankfully both fabrics are still in production, and we were able to bring them back again for 2015.  One of our new fabrics, Bright Boughs, coordinates beautifully with the old bags.  Each of these wraps is available in three sizes—standard, large, and wine.

Light it Up

This is one set of tangled up Christmas lights that won’t give you a headache!  I can’t decide if this bag is retro or current.  The old-fashioned Christmas bulbs – definitely not LEDs – give it a slightly retro feel, but the contemporary palette of green and pink bring makes it a little more modern.  A light green eco-grosgrain ribbon wraps it all up.  Light it Up coordinates nicely with Bright Boughs, and is available in four sizes – standard, medium, large and wine.

Tradition!  Tradition!!

These three new traditional fabrics will blend beautifully under your tree.  Santa’s List features the big man himself checking his list before giving away his bag of presents.  Red and white snowflakes, very subtle against the white background, add a nice texture to this gift bag which is perfect for all ages. Holly, featuring green holly leaves on a red background with white swirls, will look beautiful under a green Christmas tree.  Wintergreen is a heavy green cotton with white snowflakes that can be used for Christmas, winter birthdays, hostess gifts, and any other winter occasion.  Each of these bags is available in four sizes – standard, medium, large, and wine -- and comes with an eco-grosgrain ribbon made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.

Merry Christmas

This is definitely one of my favorites this year! This gift bag just screams “MERRY CHRISTMAS.” I just love the traditional, homey feel of this wrap.  How often do you see moose on gift wrap?  It's a very heavy, almost canvas-like cotton.  Perfect for a country-style Christmas!

Rustic Red

I try to work organics in wherever I can, and this is the new replacement to our old “Simply Red.” This one is called Rustic Red as the color is just a little more subdued than the old bags. I'd describe it as more of a brick red.  It coordinates really well with all the bags this year. (Rustic Red is still in photography and will be available soon.)


Hanukkah fabric is not as prevalent as Christmas, but luckily I found Menorahs, this beautiful dark blue cotton with the gorgeous white tree-shaped menorahs with gold metallic and floral accents.  The menorahs measure about 4 inches wide by 5 inches high and are really striking.  Available in Standard, Large, and Wine with a white eco-satin ribbon. 

These bags are available now (except for Rustic Red), so you’ll have plenty of time to stock up for the holidays. To make sure you don’t miss any special offers or coupon codes, be sure to click here to sign up for our mailing list.  You'll receive a discount just for signing up! I promise not to swamp you with e-mails (usually only twice a month during the holidays – much less during the remainder of the year). 

I hope you enjoy our new collection.  If you have any thoughts on this collection or suggestions for new non-holiday fabrics, I'd love to hear them.  Please leave your comment below.

#PopeinPhilly shipping delays

Isabelle Vesey - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia this week, and I am right in the thick of things.  Concrete barriers were placed on each corner of every nearby intersection at 3 in the morning last night!  Needless to say, getting around town and shipping orders would be extremely difficult -- they're even removing mailboxes and reducing the local post office's hours!  Once you drive out of the area, you're not allowed back in.  It's crazy, folks!  

So we will be taking a shipping holiday from Thursday, Sept 24th through Tuesday, Sept 29th.  Any orders placed during that time will be quickly and carefully packaged and shipped by Wed, Sept 30th. All orders over $30 will be upgraded to Priority Mail 2-3 day at no extra charge (standard shipping charges still apply).  As usual, orders over $50 ship FREE!

Thanks for your understanding, and if you're one of the million people expected to visit Philadelphia this weekend, enjoy our wonderful city!

Some Eco-friendly Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

Isabelle Vesey - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mother's Day is just around the corner!  Are you ready?  If not, here are some earth-friendly gift suggestions for the woman without whom you wouldn’t exist! 

Luxurious, earth-friendly loungewear/sleepwear

Mom’s do so much and are so busy, they deserve nice comfy PJs for lounging or sleeping.  Yala has some of the softest, most comfortable sleepwear around, plus they keep you cool.  I have a few of their nightshirts and LOVE them. 

VivaTerra also has a great selection to choose from.  

Spring Accessories

It finally feels like Spring here in Philly, and like the rest of us, I bet Mom could use some new seasonal accessories. They’re so much easier to pick out than clothing – no size issues to contend with.

A new bag from Mosey (available on will keep Mom organized and in style, and they’re made with low-impact leather and reclaimed PET to keep Mother Earth happy.  I like the Mosey Convertible, although I’m having trouble choosing a favorite from the six available colors.

Mom can be fashionable and cozy on a chilly spring day with this beautiful scarf made from recycled materials, available from ThankfulRose on Etsy

Spring brings longer days and more sunshine, so how about some new shades? Here’s a link to 14 earth-friendly sunglasses. I just lost my favorite pair, so I'm eyeing up this pair made from recycled plastic from  They're only $22!!


HipCycle has lots of cool upcycled jewelry to choose from in a wide price range -- cuffs, earings, necklaces.  This cuff made from upcycled vinyl record scraps caught my eye:

Or if you’re going all out and getting something from multiple kids or grandchildren, check out these beautiful stacking rings from Tiffany Danielle Jewelry made with recycled sterling silver.  There are also stacking options with personalized birthstones.

To wrap your Mother’s Day gift, may I suggest our Organic Freesia, Daisy Chain, Tropcal Blue, or Jasmine gift bags. 

Happy Gift Giving!

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Isabelle Vesey - Thursday, February 05, 2015

Looking for some unique and earth-friendly Valentine’s Day gift ideas?  Here are some suggestions for everyone on your list – kids and adults.

For the Kids

To counteract all the candy that worked its way into our house every Valentine’s Day, our family tradition was a new stuffed animal for each of my kids.  When I saw this adorable Organic Cotton striped dog, I just to include it!  Available from The Ultimate Green Store for $25.95.

I also love toys that will last forever and aren’t made out of chemical-laden plastic, so this wooden Tic-Tac-Toe set with red X’s and white O’s is great way to say “I Love You” this Valentine’s Day.  Available for $16.00 from ApplenAmos on 

For Him

Guys are so hard to buy for!! But if your Valentine is a beer lover, you’re sure to find a great gift at  These Brooklyn-based designers and manufacturers create unique glassware, puzzles, and posters among other things.  If beer’s not his thing, they also have whiskey, sports, and pop culture items, too.  You’ll be sure to find something, like this "Very Many Varieties of Beer" Pint Glass for $14.

These woolen hand warmers are great for those mornings when your guy walks the dog or has a sporting event.  Handmade from wool and rice, they’re available for $15 from WormeWoole on Etsy.

For the Napper

I am in a pillow mood this year!  Not sure why, but when I was looking for gift ideas, I was repeatedly drawn to love-themed pillows.  Maybe I need a nap!!  Two of my faves are these “I Love You to The Moon and Back” and the iconic “Love” pillow covers -- both available on Etsy.  I like the idea of pillow covers because they’re a quick way to refresh a pillow you probably already have!


For Her

These organic scarves from Beau Monde Organics are just beautiful and are the perfect accessory this time of year. Thanks to USA Love List for bringing it to my attention. The one pictured below is $87 and available on Amazon.

A girl always likes some new jewelry, and these Sterling Silver and Fresh Water Pearl Heart Earrings are beautiful and only $31.95 at ArtistiKat on Etsy. I always check out Etsy when I need a jewelry gift so I can find something one-of-a-kind and support an independent artisan.

Who Doesn't Love Chocolate?

For the traditionalists who love their candy on Valentine’s Day, please buy fair-trade and organic. My favorite is from Lake Champlain Chocolates in Vermont.  I have ordered on-line in the past, but my local Whole Foods also carries them, and hopefully yours does to if you need a last-minute gift.

And when it comes to wrapping those gift, look no futher. Our Simply Red Organic gift bag is always a popular Valentine's choice.  For the kids, our AliensFairy Princesses or Monkeys fabric bags will bring smiles before the gift is unwrapped. For the Ladies, I'm partial to Gold Damask.  While it's not red or pink, it's a timeless, romantic pattern.

If you need more ideas, check out our Pinterest boards!

And remember, the best gift of all is a shared experience.  Whether it's a special dinner with your spouse -- with no cell phones! -- or playing a board game or ice skating with the kids, being together and focusing on each other really shows how much you love them.

A Recap of 2014 and Look Ahead to 2015

Isabelle Vesey - Monday, January 12, 2015

The holiday madness is over, inventory’s counted, and it’s time to look back at 2014 and look ahead for 2015.  Christmas is the busiest time of the year for selling fabric gift bags, and in 2014 our Amazon sales really took off causing us to sell out of some fabrics a little earlier than I’d have liked.  We promise to be better prepared this year!

Our most popular Christmas bag in 2014 was Frosty Fabulousity

 If you’re a fan and would like to add to your existing gift bags, now’s the time.  Frosty is marked down 20% through Jan 30th, and inventory is getting low.  I do not believe he’ll be back for Christmas 2015.  Most of our current Christmas selections will be discontinued, except possibly Christmas Critters (almost gone) and Red Damask (out of stock) which may return.

We essentially sold out of Silver Dreidels for Hanukkah, as there are only a few mini bags left. I’m already checking out some new patterns for Hanukkah bags in 2015.  Menorahs, anyone?

Oh, and speaking of our mini gift bags -- they're being discontinued, too.  We will not be making minis from any new fabrics and will not replace existing patterns as they sell out.  

I am continually searching for new fabrics for our Birthday gift bags, and I am definitely narrowing down some options.  Keep an eye on our Facebook page for some sneak peeks and a chance to cast your vote!  While our Black Birthdays gift bags will hang around for a while, Cupcakes will be discontinued when the bags sell out.

The thing I like the most about so many of our cloth gift bags is that they are truly versatile and can be used for a variety of gift giving occasions.  Gold Damask and Simply Red were very popular as Christmas gift bags, but can be used all year long to wrap any type of gift.  One style that I’m definitely shopping for is something a little more masculine for wrapping gifts for the guys.  Hopefully, I’ll find just the right fabric in plenty of time for Father’s Day!

Now is the time to stock up on our existing bags as they are marked down anywhere from 10% up to 35%! This sale will end on January 30th so think ahead to what’s happening in 2015. Anyone getting married or having a baby? What birthdays are on the horizon?  Tired of scrambling for a wine bag for hostess gifts or housewarmings?  As usual, shipping in the US is free on orders of $50 or over.

Do you have any suggestions or ideas for what you’d like to see us carry?  What's your favorite pattern or size?Please leave a comment below or on our Facebook page, send me a tweet @VZWraps, or shoot an e-mail to  I’d love to hear from you!  Happy New Year, and Happy Gift Giving!!

2014 Holiday Shipping Schedule

Isabelle Vesey - Thursday, December 11, 2014

We’ve lowered our Free Shipping threshold to $30 through December 20th

Here are some important dates to keep in mind to make sure your VZWraps reach you in time!

  • Wed., Dec. 17th -- Last day to place an order to ship First Class Mail for arrival by Christmas Eve.
  • Thurs., Dec. 18th -- Last day to place an order to ship Priority Mail for arrival by Christmas Eve.
  • Fri., Dec. 19th – It is very likely that your order will ship on Monday, Dec. 22nd.  If you are in the Philadelphia area, Priority Mail should get it to you on time.  If you are further away, you’ll need to choose Priority Express.

Please keep in mind that the closer you are to the Philadelphia, the sooner your package should arrive.  We work extremely hard to ship packages the day after an order is received, but with the holiday volume it sometimes is just not physically possible.

Our office will be closed from December 24th through Monday, Dec. 29th.   Happy Holidays!!

It's Christmas in July!!

Isabelle Vesey - Thursday, July 24, 2014

OK, so Christmas is still 5 months away, but we’re celebrating right now in two big ways:

  1.  A Sale!!  All our Christmas gift bags are 20% off (at least) through August 25th. So now’s the time to start your collection or add to a set you already have as some bags may be discontinued.
  2. A Giveaway!!  We’re partnering with USA Love List, a great site for “Stuff we Love: Made in the USA.”  You could win a set of 10 holiday bags PLUS a $50 VZWraps gift certificate.  The set is pictured below and includes two fabric gift bags of each size: large, medium, standard, wine, and mini.
set of 10 holiday gift bags

The giveaway starts on Friday, July 25th and runs through August 7th, so click on over for your chance to win!