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Christmas gift wrapping guide – inspiration for gifts that stand out

It’s that time of the year again. You’ve been decorating the tree. You’ve already hung the stockings and have been busy baking cookies. Wrapping the Christmas presents can feel like an oversight. But it’s worth putting some effort into your Christmas gift wrapping because beautifully wrapped gifts can make all the difference. It’s the little things that count. We’ll show you three of the best Christmas gift wrapping ideas – from crafty to stylish to ecological.

Get crafty – creative ideas to wrap your gifts

Christmas isn’t just about finding the right gift for the right person. The presentation matters and what could be better than personalized gift wrap. Drawing, stamping, cutting, and gluing – anything goes. 

  • To begin with, get some plain wrapping paper in a color of your choice. Use pens or paint to draw on the paper. It’s a simple way to turn your wrapping paper into a piece of art – from Santa to stripes to abstract art. Let your imagination run wild.
  • When you don’t feel like drawing, you could cut out shapes like reindeers or stars and then glue them onto the paper. It’s best to wrap your gift first because you can place the cut-outs in the perfect spot for an eye-catching present.
  • Baked too many gingerbread cookies? No problem. You could use them as edible name tags for your presents.
  • And here’s one for those who like it sparkly: add confetti or glitter to the outside of your gift box. You can use glue or double-sided tape to secure the glitter.

Stylish gift wrapping ideas

Some prefer it simple and stylish. If you’re looking for some modern inspiration to wrap your Christmas gifts here’s a little list to get you going:

  • Striped patterns are always in season and are guaranteed to look modern.
  • Go for an understated look with simple brown packing paper.
  • Similarly, unprinted black or white wrapping paper can look great underneath the modern Christmas tree.
  • Use vintage newspaper to wrap your gifts.
  • Try a map or a poster. They’re not just beautiful to look at when hanging on a wall. Maps and posters also make for striking gift wrap.
  • Metallic wrapping paper can be found in most specialist stationary stores or bought online. Nothing says luxury like a bit of bling.

Eco-conscious Christmas gift wrap ideas

Christmas gift wrap can pile up after the 25th December. If you’re trying to be a bit more eco-conscious this year by wasting less paper, check out these environmentally-friendly and recycled wrapping ideas. 

  • Reuse, reuse, reuse. From decorative boxes to fabric bags made from cloth, when even your gift wrapping can be reused, there won’t be any waste.
  • Recycle. If you’ve collected gift wrap or bags over the year, now’s the time to use them. Newspaper and magazines also make for stylish present wraps.
  • Draw ribbons rather than adding real ones. This way, you’ll minimize some of the waste.
  • Use natural decorations like tree trimming as tags and in place of ribbons. Depending on your gift, you could even leave the wrap altogether and simply add a nice trim. Attach a pinecone or a cookie for a tag. Not all gifts need to be disguised.