It’s the night before Christmas, and little feet tiptoe toward the tree for a sneak peek at the presents. We may not admit doing this but it’s human nature to wonder what’s inside the box? Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, you’re going to give gifts to lots of people, and those gifts need to be boxed, bagged or wrapped in an attractive fashion. Here are a few ideas:
Colorful Gift Boxes
If the thought of wrapping gifts is unappealing, you could buy readymade gift boxes such as these. All you need is some ribbon and bows and no wrapping is required.
Vintage Wrapping Paper
Revive memories of Christmases past with vintage designs and twine.
Contemporary Sparkling Gift Wrap
Modern technology has enabled the creation of new textures, colors and special effects never before possible.
For an all-natural look, utilize recycled paper with twine instead of ribbon and pinecones, evergreen or other elements from your own backyard.
This easy to use method only requires the gathering of foil paper and a simply tied bow.
Coordinated Paper & Ribbon
Even though the prints vary, red and white colors unify this attractive gift wrap.
The invention of the self-stick bow is a wonderful time saver.
What do you get when you combine a metallic pompom and a large white bow – an amazing starburst bow, which makes the perfect topper for an elegant package. (And it’s a self-stick bow too!)
Instead of a bow, tie long strands of crinkle ribbon around a package and curl it with a pair of scissors.
Triple Bow & Custom Paper
Making your own bows is a sure way to make your gifts stand out. For an added more personal touch, plain white wrapping paper can be colorfully finger-painted, creating wrapping for gifts year round.
Floral Fabric Bow
Sometimes a really great topper steals the show. A floral bow, such as this, will be treasured and it’s reusable. Check out the many bow-making videos online for how to instructions.
From a distance, this photo resembles a water lily garden, but it’s actually green bows adorned with artificial red berries.
Dress up dollar store ornaments with ribbons or bells and tie onto your gifts and hand-delivered cards.
Handmade Ornaments/Gift Tags
Is it an ornament or a gift tag? It’s both! Write the name & year on the back and attach it to your present. After the gift is opened, it’s ready to hang on the tree.
Gift Bags – Paper
Gift bags are probably one of the best inventions of all time. They’re sold just about everywhere, including the food stores, so when you’re running around last minute a gift bag is easily on hand.
Gift Bags – Fabric
Amazon provided these sparkly gift bags, which are reusable and perfect for any occasion.
Gift pouches are ready to use and include the ribbon and gift tag.
If you have several small size items, a Christmas stocking is a fun alternative to traditional gift wrap.
A gift basket filled with the recipient’s favorites is always a welcome surprise.
Collectible Porcelain Box
Porcelain boxes come in a variety of designs for jewelry, small items, or cash gifts.
Seasonal Metal Tin
Most people associate tins with cookies or other baked goods, but this large tin could easily hold a pair of pajamas or sweater. The design is adorable and all you need to do is simply close the lid and the gift is ready to give, without the need for paper, bows, tape or scissors! How easy is that?
Glass Mason Jars
Jellies, candy, sauces and anything else you cook up stores well in re-sealable glass jars, which require nothing more than a simple bow or ornament, and can be reused indefinitely.
Handmade Soap & Soap Dish
Many people like to make their own Christmas gifts. Take your creativity to the next level by designing a unique gift presentation, such as this handmade soap and accompanying twig soap dish.
It’s a Family Affair
If you can’t get help with all that wrapping, at least you’ll have the companionship and encouragement from your family pets.
As they say, “it’s the thought that counts,” but “presentation is everything.” With a few creative choices, wrapping gifts can be a pleasure, and be sure to treat yourself while you’re at it! Thanks for reading!
Happy Holidays & Happy Crafting!