The countdown to Christmas is officially in the single digits, so it’s time to cross the final items off your holiday to-do list. For many of us, that includes wrapping the gifts we’ve carefully selected for our friends and family. If you’re hoping for a look that’s a little more creative than the standard gift bag or Santa-themed paper, we’ve got six tips for wrapping standout packages that will look perfect under the tree.
Pick a Palette: For a creative take on holiday packages, discard the first rule of traditional gift wrap: perfectly matched wrapping paper. Not every package needs to be wrapped in the exact same pattern, and some variation creates a display that’s more visually pleasing. Instead of a single style, select a few papers that complement one another. We love a set that includes old-fashioned brown kraft paper, a bright solid, a delicate pattern, and a large statement print. Create unity by using the same ribbons and toppers on every package, regardless of paper.
Banish the Bow: A beautifully tied ribbon is an elegant way to finish off any holiday gift, but it can be difficult to achieve perfection when it comes to the traditional bow. Avoid loose, lopsided, or droopy bows by focusing on more foolproof finishes—like a simple knot, a strand of twine wrapped multiple times, or a ribbon curled with scissors—for a look that’s both understated and polished.
Revamp Your Ribbon: Speaking of ribbon, there’s lots of room for creativity when it comes to the most classic of gift embellishments. One great way to dress up a package is choosing an alternative to standard ribbon. Look for unique fabric options—like velvet or lace—or forego ribbon entirely in favor of rustic twine or colorful washi tape.
Go Natural: If you’re a last-minute wrapper, you have one big advantage over holiday early birds: you can top off your gifts with natural finds. Sprigs of pine, holly, winterberry, or boxwood make sweet finishing touches for a gift wrapped in plain brown paper. You could also choose sturdy herbs like rosemary and thyme for a chef’s surprise. Keep in mind: natural toppers will look their best if they’re only displayed for a few days.
Stamp of Approval: If you’re feeling crafty this Christmas, add a personal touch to your gifts in the form of hand-stamped wrapping paper. Start with simple, solid paper, and then add the stamps of your choice in colorful ink to create a one-of-a-kind design. You could make an all-over pattern, or use letter stamps to add the recipient’s name in place of a gift tag. (For an especially personalized option, consider making your own stamps!)
Extra Cheer: One final way to make your gifts a bit more special is with a second tiny present in the form of a topper. A gift topper can be something as simple as a candy cane, or a more elaborate accent that speaks to the present inside (like mittens or a hat as a topper for a winter coat). The sight of these miniature gifts is sure to build anticipation for Christmas morning while adding color and whimsy under your tree.
Have you made plans for holiday wrapping? Share your tips for the perfect presents in the comments!
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