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We’re big fans of Steffi Lynn. She’s the Brooklyn-based illustrator and artist behind Have A Nice Day, a shop full of products highlighting her distinctive hand-lettering style. It’s the kind of art that lends itself well to personalization — in fact, she’s already customized a pair of classic 1460 Smooths for us. And now that it’s the season of giving, we figured her hand- drawn typography easily translates to the craft of gift-wrapping, too. We were right: not only does Steffi love to take wrapping to the next level, she was willing to show us how she’d wrap up a pair of Docs — and share a few tips at the same time.

Who will you be gifting the Docs to?

I have a few badass women that would really rock these but I think my mom! She will be excited about these for sure!

Are the holidays fun for you — do you love wrapping gifts in general?

I LOVE the holidays! I love the idea of family and friends coming together and showing their appreciation for one another. I really enjoy gifting and that’s why I try to keep my shop as personable as possible. I hand write all my orders and try and pack each order like a present, so when the customer receives it, it feels more like a gift than just a purchased item.

Have you ever considered gift-wrapping as a side job?

Honestly, that would be amazing. I’ve always joked about how if I could wrap gifts for a living, I would do it forever!

Where’d you find all the elements that went into this gift?

I got my tissue paper customized from the best: @noissue! The ribbons and iridescent wrapping paper are from Michaels, and I had my iridescent gift tags special-made laser cut.

What kind of paint pens do you use?

I love DecoColor oil paint markers, and Posca and Molotow markers are also a favorite — but they are acrylic.

Any hand-lettering tricks you can share with us?

Don’t be afraid to try new “connections” and “flows” that is not traditional lettering.

Dr. Martens gift cards are available to purchase in US stores.
If you’re feeling extra creative, you can take your designs to the boot. See more of Steffi’s boot design here.

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