One of my favorite things about gift giving is presenting a gift to someone in a unique package. Christmas allows me to replicate this over and over again on a larger scale – making it my favorite holiday of the year! I’m always looking for new & interesting ways to wrap gifts, and here are some of my tried & true gems:
- Call me old-fashioned, but I love sending and receiving traditional Christmas cards (ones that aren’t photos). In the past, I’ve wrapped a foam board in Christmas fabric and pinned cards to it to double as décor (idea came from here). This year, I’d like to create décor using cards in the shape of a tree on the wall (like this one). But I always save the cards to create future gift tags (an example is here).
- Years ago, I bought a large roll of brown craft paper and started stenciling my own designs onto it. I did themes (snowmen, Santa, Christmas trees, etc) and used coordinating bows to complete the job. Since then, I have moved into not only doing stencil designs but also creating polka dots, lines, chevrons, lace, stenciled letters, you name it!
- Toilet paper roll and cellophane (this idea uses rolled coins, but it’s the same concept). I know, sounds crazy – but it’s a great wrapping idea for kids’ small toys! I did this one year for my nieces and nephews and they loved it!
- Burlap bags with a stenciled design. Or burlap wrapped around a gift with a ribbon bow on it. Burlap bags can be bought or made.
- Decorative accents on wrapped gifts. I love adding things such as twine & ribbon, bells, pinecones, twigs, berries, flowers, greenery, etc.
- Cloth. I’ve gone to Goodwill and gotten curtains and tablecloths and then painted words or designs on them (inspiration generated from this post).
- Ditch the traditional box or bag idea and wrap gifts inside another gift. Like a coffee mug filled with candy or a fuzzy glove filled with nail polish and nail files. Cellophane is also a great option to let the recipient see what they are getting before it’s opened. Baskets are another great idea – they don’t require additional wrapping.
- Money tree! I once took a glittery Dollar Store decorative tree and tied folded bills to it with ribbon and gave it as a gift.
- Wire edge ribbons. They are beautiful, easy, and can be re-used over and over!
- The Dollar Store has some great wrapping paper and bags (I prefer to not spend a lot of money on things that get tossed). I also save any bags or wire edged ribbon I get and re-use them.
- Shop clearance after holidays to stock up for next year!
I hope some of these ideas help you this holiday season. Happy Wrapping!