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34 Easy Gift Wrapping Ideas

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When you receive a gift, the thrill of it all really spikes when it’s custom wrapped. After all, “present” is right there in the word “presentation.” Special wraps have your signature flourish and show how much you care. Best of all, they’re creative and cheap — you can use plants from nature or scraps from the craft drawer.

Here are 34 gift wrapping ideas to boost the excitement this year. Whether you’re a minimalist who shudders at glitzy designs or you’re craving the fanciest wrap, you’ll find it here. If you’re artsy or have tape all over your fingers, there are designs for your skill level either way. The extra effort will make it personal, which is exactly what a gift like these from Redbubble should be.

Photo of a Vintage Gift WrapImage by @nietjuh78

1. Va-Va-Vintage

You can hear the sleigh bells when you look at this gift. It’s vintage to the max, including pine sprigs you scrounged up from the back yard. You’ll find spray adhesive and shredded fake snow at craft stores for a magical finish. Soaps in star shapes are glued on top. (Note: Remove from the package before using in the bath.)

photo of a Tuxedo Gift WrapImage by @lukelung1991

2. The Tuxedo Wrap

This wrap is classy black-tie. There’s a keepsake photo, a dab of gold sealing-wax, and a fern frond for contrast. Black paper keeps things clean and striking. You can riff on this by attaching a photo clothesline using yarn and clips. It doesn’t have to be formal — that Insta pic of your friend with ice cream running down their chin will inspire holiday cheer.

Photo of a Gift wrapped in zipper pouchImage by @prathsnap

3. Wrap It in a Gift

The best container for a gift is another gift. You save money on wrapping and it’s two, two, two gifts in one!  Also, it won’t land in the landfill. This perky bag has the main gift tucked coyly inside. Have it custom-printed with a saying that describes your relationship: “We are one soul in two bodies” or “I appreciate your meatloaf.” You can also print that one joke that never gets old, except to everyone else.

Photo of a girl with Gifts in brown wrapping paperImage by @evgenija.kasper

4. Green Wrap That’s Brown

Eco-friendly green wrapping that exudes holiday cheer can be made from shopping bags. Cut it up and wind on lace, glue on feathers, or add a cheery red bow. Even easier for the overwhelmed: Use shopping bags pre-printed with holiday designs.

Photo of Graphic Gift Wrapping PaperImage by @edgordow

5. Get Graphic with Graphics

Gifts for friends like these at Redbubble need special treatment. Some wraps are an inside joke. If your friend won a sushi-eating contest or has a morbid fear of bananas, you can probably find that exact theme online. Go for personality — anything to stand out from the Prancers and Vixens. Use unexpected materials: a red duct-tape bow or a colorful picture you scrawled in second grade.

6. Mother Nature’s Son

Forage outside for bright berries, pointy maple leaves, and bristly pine cones. Press these treasures until they’re dry in a thick book, or bribe a friend to sit on them. Next, glue the trimmings on plain brown wrapping paper so they’re not upstaged. When all is done, throw on your flannel pajamas, grab some mulled cider, and binge-watch movies about the olden days.

A photo of Biscuits wrapped as a giftImage by @sherisilver

7. Tasty Trims

These fun designs use treats from the pantry for décor on the cheap. They double as a holiday activity for the kids. Graham crackers are frosted in royal icing in patriotic colors. They’re stacked with marshmallows and wrapped in twine. Star-shaped sprinkles crown the top. Be sure to make a double batch to feed the help.

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8. Say It with Words

For a wrap that’s really saying something, print out word search paper for free online. The best part: You can edit the design to convey your own funny/insulting/romantic message. Let them hunt for your thoughts, like “I’d walk through fire with you” or “For my annoying sister, with love.”

Photo of Gift wrapping in fabric with binder clipsImage by @stilclassics

9. Clip it Together

Journals are one of many great gifts for teens at Redbubble.  They’re much better than self-help books (“How to Communicate with Your Parents.”) They come in funny or artistic patterns for every taste. In keeping with the stationery theme, wrap them in fabric clamped with binder clips.

10. Downtown Goes Uptown

You’re appalled by people who rip off the wrapping paper. Your presents sparkle like 5th Avenue. This glitzy silver-on-silver design with the aggressive curls is for you. A variation: Make it look like it’s from a fancy boutique (even if it came from the corner drugstore) by topping it with a Tiffany blue bow. Use this to wrap the perfect gift for the woman in your life.

Photo of a Wrapped gift adding glitter sparinglyImage by @she_katherine

11. The Glitter Bomb

Don’t be that person who gives a gift that explodes with glitter when you open it. Your friend will be vacuuming it up next Christmas and thinking of you, but not in a good way. You can use glitter sparingly, though. Just spray with adhesive or dab with a glue stick and press it on. This presentation shouts fun and sparkle, key ingredients for any holiday.

Photo of Stockings as a gift wrapImage by @marianarascao

12. Santa’s Little Helper

Stockings aren’t just for the chimney (sorry, Santa.) You can buy inexpensive stockings at drugstores and tuck one-of-a-kind gifts like these from Redbubble inside. Even a fancy gift like jewelry can be pushed into the toe of a velvet stocking. Colorful socks make fun gift holders, too. If it’s for someone you like, just skip the coal.

Photo of Minimalistic Wrapping PaperImage by @nynnes

13. No-Fuss Festive

You have that minimalist friend who breaks out in hives during the holidays with all the conspicuous consumption going on. It’s time to walk back the gaudy red paper. Instead, wrap a gift in a simple mailer bag or even a t-shirt. Keep it neutral and attach a card using the thinnest wisp of baker’s twine. The wheat is optional, but if there’s a field nearby, hey, go for it.  They’ll also appreciate an inexpensive gift that’s budget-approved.

Photo of a Red gift box with red ribbonImage by @kaboompics

14. The Mystery Gift

Create a new tradition this year: Set aside one box as a mystery gift. It can be a white elephant gag that makes everyone smirk when you bring it out. It can be a fat gift certificate for your spouse. Each year, the tension will rise when you bring out that box because everyone loves a mystery.

Photo of a Brown paper wrapping with gardening twine and a tagImage by @meymigrou

15. Casual and Chill

Casual chic is trending. Brown paper wrapping with gardening twine can be spiked with red — berries, a button, or a red bulb hot-glued to the paper. Add a simple tag with brown beading for interest.

Photo of gold wrapping paper decorated with pine cones

16. Precious Metal Packages

At the holidays, you can’t beat silver and gold, silver and gold … or so the song goes in the Rudolph movie. This pale gold paper is adorned by nature’s jewel: a pine cone and attached greenery lightly sprayed with silver paint.

Photo of a Modern gift wrapping with geometric designImage by @lulizler

17. Primarily Modern Design

This simple, modern wrap uses primary colored paper and stickers to create a geometric tree design. It takes just minutes but looks bright and inviting. For extra points, make snowmen or penguins with a circle paper punch and construction paper.

 

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18. Package It Perfectly

If you’re mailing your packages, this biodegradable wrap is good for the planet and for you. There are no dyes that will run if the package gets wet. It’s expandable to cushion even the most oddly-shaped package. Best of all, your giftee won’t have millions of paper scraps decorating their entryway for weeks to come.

Photo of Gifts wrapped with brown wrapping papers and ornamentsImage by @loreschodts

19. Scentsational Design

This wrap wafts a holiday scent through the room with an evergreen branch tucked on top. Add a bright ornament to remember you by. Even the most tape-challenged can do the rest with brown paper and rope. No sailor’s knots are needed — just wind the rope around a few times and tie in a bow.

Photo of Gift wrapping with black paper and accent paperImage by @tito.yurukov

20. From the Scrap Pile

Finally, there’s a use for that drawer spilling over with scraps of paper, doodads, and geegaws, and ribbon from bygone days. You can use it all to wrap gifts. With black paper as a base, attach accent paper and trinkets like this tarnished metal star. Double-sided tape makes it easy. For an elegant finish, use a lustrous silver pen to write a personal message.

Photo of kraft box lined with waxed paperImage by @nietjuh78

21. Spice is Nice

Honey, you baked! Number one on everyone’s gift-getting list is a homemade treat. If you made some yourself, tuck them in a kraft box lined with waxed paper. For a hint of what’s inside, glue a cookie on the outside with some fragrant cinnamon sticks to get that hunger stirring.

 

Photo of a nature themed giftsImage by @vladchetan.ro

22. Nature in an Envelope

Nature-themed gifts are on-trend, but they don’t have to come in big packages. If you’re mailing a card to a far-flung relative, why not tuck in aromatic branches? It also makes a gift card even more special.

23. Dotty Gifts

These presents are ready to party. They’re just right for that dotty friend you love. It’s easy to make paper that looks pricey and custom. Just add a sprinkling of gold dot stickers or dab them on with paint and a cotton swab.

photo of brown paper gift wrapping with wooden lettersImage by @nietjuh78

24. Words From the Woodshop

These wooden letters are glued atop a brown parcel that has “Merry Christmas” written all over it. You can add your own funny or cheeky message as a gift for that main guy in your life. Understated brown paper and garnishes from the garden let the words speak for themselves.

25. Holly is Jolly

Shield your eyes from all the garish bright packages. Instead, soothe them with this garden-inspired wrap. Sprightly holly is punctuated with a happy bow. It’ll harmonize with your tree and add to the décor on a red tree skirt.

photo of Colored gift boxesImage by @kaboompics

26. Monochrome Gift Boxes

Colored gift boxes are a ready-made wrap for smaller items like jewelry. They’re cheap and re-usable. Best of all, they’re that Holy Grail of the holidays: a no-work solution. Just plop a bow of the same color on top, and spend the extra time sipping eggnog.

27. Chic Understated Neutrals

Wrapping paper doesn’t have to scream holiday. It is best to avoid screaming when possible. This tasteful wrap is geometric and modern but still says holiday with a trim red bow.

28. Foil Firs Get Festive

Brown wrapping paper gets a big lift with foil fir trees that come in stickers or stamps. Their iridescent shine makes them look pricey but you can buy them for a few bucks. Fat candy-striped yarn adds a yummy confectionary look.

photo of gift wrapped in ivory wrapping paper with a ribbon and sparkly bowImage by @superkitina

29. Ribbon for the Win

If you’ve been tromping on those rolls of gift wrap shoved into your closet all year, there is a solution. Instead of hoarding the seasonal wrapping, buy neutral paper you can use for any occasion. Then, dress it up with holiday trim. Here, ivory paper is perked up with ribbon and a sparkly bow.

photo of Gift bags as gift wrapping ideaImage by @freestocks

30. Gussied-Up Gift Bags

Gift bags are a holiday present to yourself. They’re an instant wrap you’ll love as much as instant popcorn. And they’re reusable. You still have that faded gift bag someone gave you in 5th grade. But they shouldn’t be boring. These bags are fancied up with etched snowflake tags and dotted tissue that tempts you to peek inside.

Photo of a Gift wrapped with dried flowers and a satin bowImage by @i_asma10

31. Steal From the Garden

If you’re stumped about how to wrap presents in a hurry, look no further than your back door. Plants dried in the winter sun have a fragile beauty. They’re wrapped up in a flash with a satin bow.

32. Stamp Out the Ordinary

Make your own custom wrapping paper or tags with a stamp and ink pads. You can take out your frustrations as you stamp away in a frenzy. Create a neat pattern or a modern impressionist design. It’s a great activity to do with the kids.

33. A Nod to Nature

Flower pods stripped of their petals by the wind are poetic when tied with a matching ribbon. Plain gift boxes are anything but ordinary with this instant, lovely treatment.

Photo of a Gift wrapped in a rustic burlap pouchImage by @fotografierende

34. Burlap for the Odd Package

Wondering how to wrap a present that’s oddly shaped? Remember how terrible it looks when you wrap it in paper? It rips and bulges like it was wrapped by a preschooler and then hit by a train. Avoid the trauma this year with a rustic burlap pouch. It’s perfect for jams and round cookie tins. You can find stick-on designs like felt reindeer to make up for that lumpy package you inflicted on your family last year.

Even if you’re all thumbs, it takes more heart than talent to give a present that’s custom-wrapped. Next time you’re wondering how to wrap a present, the answer is as near as marshmallows in the cupboard, pine sprigs in the yard, or brown shopping bags stacked in your closet.  So go for the unique design, because a gift from the heart is always treasured.

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