The three phrases which sum up Christmas are: ‘Peace on Earth’, ‘good will to all men’, and ‘batteries not included’.
With Christmas just around the corner, you might be thinking what to get for the origami enthusiast in your life – or yourself! With that in mind, here’s are some suggestions for origami Christmas presents for 2016. This list is of course, not exhaustive! There are far more interesting options out there than can possibly be covered on one web page, but hopefully it will give you a few ideas.
A couple of words of warning – buy early! Some of these products from Amazon do sell out, and delivery lead times from the origami-shop can be several days.
Origami ‘Stocking Fillers’
1000 cranes box
Almost everyone that enjoys origami is familiar with the story of Sadako & the thousand cranes, and most of them have considered making their own 1000 cranes at some point. These boxes contain a thousand patterned pieces of paper in a variety of colours. Maybe this could be someone’s New Year’s Resolution?
This is a useful little gadget! It’s a quick and easy way of cutting a straight line (eg to cut a square, or divide a large square sheet into 4 smaller ones). It is child-friendly and travel safe. You can even attach it to a key ring and put it in your pocket with your car keys without risking an uncomfortable accident. I’ve got several of these lying around – some of which I’ve had for years.
Origami Christmas Presents for Any Ability
Pack of Origami Paper
Just about anyone that does origami uses this – even if it’s just to practice with. You can never have too much origami paper! Except orange. Honestly, what do the manufacturers think we are doing with all the orange paper in these boxes? There are only so many pumpkins you can fold! Origami paper comes in several different sizes, but the most common is 15cm x 15cm (6in x 6in). It can be coloured on one side and white on the other, coloured the same on both sides, or different colours on each side. It can be patterned or plain. If you’re buying as a gift, I’d recommend either getting paper that has a traditional Japanese pattern, or is plain and coloured on one side
Cutting Board & Craft Knife
What?! Cutting?! Yes you did read that right. I mentioned cutting on an origami board. Not every sheet of paper is exactly square, and not always the right size. Unless you want to run the risk of gouging a hole in Granny’s finest mahogany dining table, buy a cutting board. The bigger the better. A cutting board also makes a good folding surface.
You’re never going to get a perfectly straight line with scissors, and rotary cutters can fray the edges a bit. You’re better off with a craft knife. Disposable ones will do, and you can get a pack of these pretty cheaply.
Origami Society Memberships
Anyone that does origami will benefit from membership of an origami society. Both the British Origami Society and OrigamiUSA have a range of membership packages & benefits which would make excellent Christmas presents. Attending a Convention or a Mini-Meeting is a good way of developing origami skills and making new friends:
Presents for the Beginner
Easy Origami by John Montroll
John Montroll is one of the best known origami designers in the world, so one of his books is a good place to start when exploring origami. This cheap book contains 30+ simple designs that should be accessible by anybody
Complete kit for beginners
This is an excellent kit for the complete beginner! Includes a book (signed by the author on request), 600 sheets of paper, a plastic folding stick (it makes creasing easier), and a paper cutter. Bargain!
€39.50 from Origami-shop.com
Origami Christmas Presents for the Intermediate Folder
Origami Ninjas and other Paper Sorcery by Paul Hanson
Regular readers of this blog will know that I gave away a copy of this book earlier this year. Origami Ninjas contains a range of Paul’s designs that are not available anywhere else.
Origami Christmas Presents for the Advanced Folder
The Passion Origami Collection
I have said on this blog before that I believe origami books should look appealing. Origami is a visual art that uses paper as a medium and books about it should therefore look and feel inspiring. Nicolas Terry’s Passion Origami series of books have led the way in this. The quality is first class and any of the eight books in the collection would make excellent presents. The latest in the series is Spirits of Origami by Gen Hagiawa
€34.00 from origami-shop.com
That’s a few suggestions for origami presents that could interest someone after Christmas dinner – and no batteries needed! If you choose to buy an origami present for someone, just remember to include a note with a link to origamiexpressions.com as well.