Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Whether you are going for a look of elegance or a gag to tease someone, I've got lots of Christmas gift wrapping ideas for you! 
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Do you want to make a statement with your gift giving this Christmas? Whether you are going for a look of elegance or a gag to tease someone, I’ve got lots of Christmas gift wrapping ideas for you!

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Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Re-Purposed Wrapping

Let’s face it – wrapping paper can get expensive! Unless you replenish your stash during the clearance sales after Christmas… But even then, the leftovers can be kinda cheesy or cheap looking. 

How about adding a flare and a personal touch by re-using what you have around the house to wrap gifts. 
  1. Paper Bags

    Whether you are going for a look of elegance or a gag to tease someone, I've got lots of Christmas gift wrapping ideas for you! Just start asking for paper at the grocery store. Now. A month in advance so that you have a good supply of “wrapping paper.” Cut along the side and cut out the bottom of the bag. This gives you a nice blank canvas. 

    Either decorate the blank side yourself so it looks cute and “adult-ish.” Or turn your kids loose on it with markers.  If you want a more refined look, just leave it blank and tie off your gift with rustic twine
     and a sprig of cedar tucked into the bow. 
  2. Comics

    Growing up, we wrapped most of our gifts in newspaper. Wrapping paper was a commodity, but Sunday newspapers with the comics was abundant. You see, our elderly neighbor would give us his Sunday paper every week because he knew us kids loved reading the comics.

    Usually we would save up enough comics to wrap our few Christmas gifts. But if your paper doesn’t print comics, just wrap your gifts in the print. This still offers a rustic look! Maybe pick a section that isn’t color? Or find a portion that doesn’t have big block ads.  Just look at your hands before you scratch your nose! The ink will make a mess! You can also use newspaper instead of tissue paper as stuffing inside the gift box or bag. Just not with cloth items! You don’t want the ink to rub off on the clothing!
  3. Calendar and/or Magazine Pictures 

    Do you save old calendars and magazines for craft projects? Pull out your stash and use these beautiful pictures for wrapping smaller gifts! Or tape several pages together to wrap larger gifts. 

    Better yet – use that adorable washi tape and tape the pictures together on the outside. It will be like patchwork wrapping paper! 
  4. Inside-Out Wrapping Paper

    Do you have the wrong season wrapping paper? Or maybe it’s cheesy looking. Lay it out on the floor upside-down and have your kids decorate it with paint or markers. It can be a pretty messy Christmas gift wrapping ideas but the kids will have fun and it will be personal!


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Gifting the Wrapping

One of the best Christmas gift wrapping ideas is making the wrapping part of the gift!

  1. Tea Towels

    For smaller gifts, find a pretty tea towel that you know they will like. Pioneer Woman has some gorgeous towels that go with most any kitchen.

    Secure this with safety pins, clothes pins or chip clips as added pieces to the gift. Otherwise secure the towel wrapping with ribbon or lace.
  2. Beach or Bath Towel

    Wrap larger gifts in a beach towel or bath towel. If you are wrapping in a bath towel, be sure to include a matching hand towel and wash cloth as part of the gift as well. This will make the wrapping a practical gift because it comes with the rest of its matching set. 

  3. Throw Blanket

    Who doesn’t love a fuzzy blanket to snuggle up with on the couch?! These smaller blankets also make the perfect, practical gift wrapping. 

  4. Tackle Box or Tool Box

    For the man on your Christmas list, put any gifts to them inside their tackle or tool box gift. Have fun individually wrapping all the lures or tools and stashing them inside the box. 

  5. Hoodie or Flannel

    Wrap your loved one’s gift in a nice hoodie or flannel shirt you know they will enjoy. Tie off the sleeves gently so you don’t stretch them. Or just wrap it in a ribbon to hold it all together. 

Securing Your Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Some of these Christmas gifts wrapping ideas cannot be secured with the usual scotch tape. Here are a few ideas for adding to the statement your gift makes:  Or just tie the corners or sleeves together to secure the wrapping! Just be careful not to stretch the item you wrap with. 

A Piece of Flair

Whether you are going for a look of elegance or a gag to tease someone, I've got lots of Christmas gift wrapping ideas for you! If you chose to wrap your gifts with wrapping paper or bundle them up in a holiday gift bag, you can still add your personal touch to them.  Instead of or in addition to a stick-on bow or ribbon, consider attaching:
 

Read here how to use some of these pieces of flair in your Winter Dining Table Decor. 

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For the Jokester

Is there someone on your list who loves practical jokes? I’ve got a few ideas for adding some humor to their Christmas day (and yours!).

1. False Bottom

If you are gifting something relatively flat this is a great gag. Place the item in the bottom of a large box. Stuff it well so that it doesn’t wiggle. Then cut a piece of cardboard that fits perfectly inside the box covering the gift. Secure it with a few pieces of tape if needed.  After you have the false bottom in place, fill the box with peanuts or newspaper. Or just leave it completely empty. See how long it takes for the recipient to find their gift!

2. Box in a Box

Wrap a small gift (meaningful or prankster) in a small box. Put that box inside another box and wrap it. And so on. You can go all the way up to an appliance box if you are so ambitious! Kind of like one of those Russian stacking dolls…hmmm… that would be a great gag gift for the very smallest box here!

3. Huge Box Full of Peanuts

Wrap the gift in the smallest box possible. Place the gift in the bottom of the biggest box possible. Fill the big box to the brim with packing peanuts. This will be an annoying hassle and mess for the recipient. But relatively easy to clean up!  Oddly Shaped Gift? Do you have a bulky or oddly shaped gift? Or maybe you ran out of boxes. Watch this tutorial for how to make your own gift bags out of wrapping paper

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Consider the hobbies or interests of the person you are gifting to and get inspiration from that. This year make gift wrapping more enjoyable. When it comes to Christmas gift wrapping ideas, really the sky is the limit.

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