With Christmas and thoughts of present giving just around the corner, our focus this month is on packaging. It's perhaps surprising the number of tourists who value the logo-emblazoned carrier bag
or little printed paper bag many a souvenir is wrapped up in, often un-caringly, by the average shop assistant. Yet, those carrier bags and paper wrapping from up-market department stores, museums and duty-free shops are all highly prized as visible indicators of taste, style and worldly cosmopolitanism.
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Details clockwise from top left:

Paper Bag Amsterdam,
the Netherlands

Plastic Postcard Pouch Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Carrier Bag Harrods, London

Castanets Box Barajas Airport, Madrid, Spain

Paper Carrier Bag Selfridges, London

Paper Bag Tate Britain, London

Paper Bag Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, the Netherlands

Carrier Bag Manor, Lugano, Switzerland

Plastic Carrier Bag Algani Souvenir Shop, Milan, Italy

Box for Souvenir Fan Hermitage, Amsterdam,
the Netherlands

Duty-Free Bag Arlanda Airport, Stockholm, Sweden

Carrier Bag Zipper Boutique, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Paper Bag Tokyo, Japan

Paper Bag Tokyo, Japan

Paper Gift Bag Marc Jacobs, New York, USA

Carrier Bag Castle Welsh Crafts, Cardiff, Wales

Carrier Bag Amgueddfa Cenedlaethol y Glannau, Swansea, Wales

See, Buy, Fly Schipol Airport, Amsterdam, the Netherlands