So you’ve finished your shopping! But, now it’s time to sit down with some Christmas wrapping paper and get to work. I know you want your gifts to look beautiful, so you’ve been looking for unique gift wrapping ideas. But nothing too tedious, right? I know, you don’t have the patience for that – neither do I!
Trust me, I get it. We need simple ideas to create elegant gifts!
Don’t you like to get a jump on the Christmas shopping, so that you can wrap all the gifts and place them under the tree? I know I do! Knocking all of this out early makes it easy to sit back and enjoy the season, right?
If you read my post on decorating our Christmas tree, you’ll notice that my Christmas wrapping paper and bags are coordinated with the decor on the tree. As a result, this creates a beautiful display in our living room to enjoy all season long.
I’m very excited to share these Christmas gift wrapping ideas with you! But, even better, these ideas can be adapted for any occasion throughout the year. Isn’t that great? Now, all of your gifts can be presented in beautiful, unique packages that will delight your recipient!
“Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon…”
I purchase my Christmas wrapping paper and other supplies in bulk from a wholesaler; links are provided for the exact products shown on my gifts throughout this post. At the end of the post, I will also provide some retail holiday gift wrap inspo, in case you are not able to buy in bulk.
Simple Giftwrap in Solids & Classic Prints
While I originally purchased my supplies for Christmas gift wrapping, these supplies are actually pretty “generic”. As a result, I can use them to wrap virtually any gift throughout the year.
I recommend buying gift wrapping paper in solids and classic prints because:
- It is more economical than buying different paper for every occasion.
- Having only a couple of varieties of gift wrap will save storage space.
My Christmas Wrapping Paper & Ribbon
I wrap our gifts in coordinating gold and gold/white chevron print paper with complementary burlap tags. Then, I decorate each package with glitter mesh ribbon similar and embellishments similar to add a touch of glamour.
When working with ribbon for a decorating project, I use wired ribbon whenever possible. It is much easier to work with than non-wired ribbon. This is especially important when dealing with the glittery variety – where glitter is concerned, the less handling, the better!
After the Holidays
The chevron paper looks especially nice with bright white or black grosgrain ribbon for occasions other than Christmas. For these gifts, I keep plain white gift tags on hand.
Floral picks can be used here as well. Sometimes I cut a few blooms off of a faux orchid. These can be used on any feminine gift, and are so elegant!
Gift Wrapping Ideas For Those Hard-to-Wrap Gifts
These particular burlap tags have a laminate backing. Since I use a fine-tip paint pen, I actually write on the laminated side of the tag. If your tags don’t have this backing, I recommend using a permanent marker.
After the Holidays
For hard-to-wrap gifts throughout the year, I decorate the kraft bags with ivory raffia ribbon, ivory gift tags, and ivory tissue paper.
I also keep glossy white bags on hand. For these, I have a colorful assortment of raffia, curling ribbon, and grosgrain ribbon. Therefore, I have all the supplies I need when it’s time to wrap a present. The grosgrain ribbon is easier to work with than satin ribbon, in my experience.
Gift Wrapping Ideas for Gift Cards
I wrap gift cards in white gift card pillow boxes, tied with metallic raffia and adorned with embellishments. I stuff a little white shredded paper in either end to hold the gift card in place. Again, I label each one using the metallic gold paint pen.
After the Holidays
For year-round gift card gifts, I decorate the pillow boxes with raffia or grosgrain ribbon in my color of choice. I write on the box with a metallic pen in silver or gold.
On occasion, I add a small floral embellishment.
Another option for gift cards is a Chinese takeout style box, which creates a fun presentation.
The Finished Product
I really enjoy coordinating my Christmas wrapping paper and gift bags with the Christmas tree decorations. The gifts become part of the holiday decor, and this creates a beautiful, layered monochromatic look!
Now, wrapping gifts and adding floral embellishments is not hard. However, I’m not going to lie – it does take some time. But, it really is worth the trouble. I just love how the entire display looks in my living room once the presents are finally under the tree!
Hopefully, these ideas have inspired you to create beautifully wrapped gifts for your Christmas holidays, and beyond. Sure, it takes more time than just throwing each gift into a Christmas gift bag, but it is so worth it!
Your presents will become an extension of your holiday decor, and they will look amazing under your tree. Your gifts will be beautiful, unique works of art.
Buy versatile wrapping paper in solids and classic prints. Then, simply modify these gift wrapping ideas and techniques to suit any occasion.
Since your gifts will look so special, recipients will absolutely love receiving them at Christmas and throughout the entire year!