Creative Holiday Wrapping Ideas

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For me, wrapping Christmas presents is bittersweet. I love coming up with the plan and color scheme (Yes, I plan out my wrapping scheme.) I enjoy the act of wrapping, and I love giving gifts. However, being the procrastinator that I am, I usually wait until the last minute to wrap, and all that joy and excitement quickly turns to anxiety and stress. Will I ever learn?

This year, I decided that my color scheme would match my official Christmas tree (the one in my dining room). Being part of Staples Holiday Council, I headed to Staples to pick up a few essential wrapping supplies. With everything I need now on hand, today I’m going to share a few creative holiday wrapping ideas.

Of course, there are hundreds of ways one can wrap and decorate a gift. I was totally stressing about what to share with you today because there are so many possibilities. I’ve decided to show you some of my ideas now, and save the rest for another time.

Let’s get wrapping.

For the first idea, I just used brown craft paper and drew on a pattern. Here I made large loopy lines. The pattern can be anything: straight lines, circles, triangles, whatever you can draw. Have fun with it. I find it easiest to cut the paper to the size of your gift and then to do the drawing.

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As you can see, when you wrap up the gift, your drawing ability (or lack thereof) will not be noticed.

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I also did another piece of paper the same way, but with a different pattern. A gold sharpie worked well on this saturated peacock blue paper.

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You may have noticed that I stuck with satin ribbons in teal and green. I wanted the wrapping paper to stand out. The satin ribbon allows that to happen while still adding a beautiful, festive sheen and elegance.

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On this package, I spelled out seasonal words: “Merry & Bright,” “Comfort & Joy,” and “Ho Ho Ho.” A piece of pine tucked in adds color and texture.

Another idea is to attach a photo to your wrapping with washi tape.

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The photo acts as a decoration as well as a gift tag. I even decided to attach a photo to another package with a gold paper clip. So simple, but really personal and special.


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Remember those peel-and-stick letters I used to give a little holiday bling to my decor? Well, I had a few letters left over, so I added them to my packages.

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Again, you can spell out a holiday word or the recipient’s name.

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These metallic sharpies are my favorite. Keep things really simple by just writing a message on the package.

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You can also eliminate the need for a name tag by writing directly on the paper in a unique way. I love this baby blue paper. I adhered colorful strips of washi tape to amp up the color.

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Speaking of washi tape, after wrapping this gift in gold paper, I used washi tape around the package in an abstract way to give it pattern and more color.

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And that’s it. Easy and fun, right?

Creative Holiday Wrapping Ideas | Inspired by Charm

There are so many ways to make a gift extra special. What unique ways have you wrapped a present?

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This post was created as part of my collaboration with Staples. As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own.

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  1. Love what you’ve got here……..going along the lines of Kathy, in being green, I try to keep gifts small so they can be wrapped in a festive kitchen towel with bow and small ornament. The recipients love this idea because they are receiving two gifts – outside being the towel and inside whatever the gift is!!

  2. I love the richness of the satin ribbon and metallic inks together. My style is much simpler and the closer to the holiday, the less effort gets put into the wrapping! I’ve made cloth gift bags with ribbon ties for years and use cooky tins to be a bit more “green.” We used to consider it a “good” Christmas when we filled the woodstove 4 times with gift wrap to burn! Saved my cereal boxes from this year’s Chex Mix gifts to make into gift bag/boxes for next year! I’m starting in Oct., next year so help me!

  3. I love your ideas. I like the use of the blue paper with gold lettering. I used red paper with gray washi tape since that’s what I had on hand. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Michael, Love the different ideas for adding that personal touch. So much more thoughtful that way. And love the color scheme. I have never been a creative wrapper, but I will be now after reading this post. So glad that you have all these wonderful post to draw ideas from. You are such an inspiration. 🙂

  5. Hi, Michael. These wrapping ideas are awesome (too bad I’ve already wrapped my presents this year)! I found your blog through the White Buffalo Styling Co. — and I’m so glad I did! I love your style. I also live in Central PA and it makes me happy that you and your fun aesthetic are making our state look so good!

  6. Michael, your gifts are beautiful. I struggled today to get the last of my packages wrapped and mailed. I am much older than you, and to make it easier on myself next year people are getting money in a pretty card. I will enjoy watching you and every inspiration and enjoy the gift wrapping that way. Blessings

  7. I am doing the plain brown wrapping paper as well. I bought 3 different metallic pens, pretty glitters, and different patterned grosgrain and burlap ribbons. I also bought Christmas scrapbook paper and a star and a snowflake hole punches. So many ideas swirled through my brain, I went with them all! I love your blog! Merry Christmas to you and your kitties!

  8. Great ideas, Michael! Love your color choices! The packages remind me of how my great grandma used to wrap her Christmas gifts…she used to artfully write names in glue and the sprinkle glitter on the names and use silk ribbon to make each package perfection-something I will never forget! Thanks for the reminder! 🙂 Merry Christmas!