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17 Creative Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

Looking for a way to make your gifts even more festive this year? I’ve put together a round up of 17 creative holiday gift wrapping ideas, just for you!

If you wander through the stores during the holidays, you will be overwhelmed with all of the choices for holiday gift wrapping. 

You can buy supplies for wrapping, of course, but if you take the time to come up with a creative idea for your gifts, they will be that much more special.  

If you have kids who are hoping to be on Santa’s nice list and see presents under the Christmas tree, make sure to check out our posts with Santa’s address and the official Santa phone number.

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Most of these ideas are very easy to do in just minutes. Some reuse old items that you may have on hand and can recycle into new ideas. Others make use of purchased craft items.

For more recycled gift wrap ideas, check out these creative suggestions for gift wrapping.

Wrap your gifts in style with one of these creative holiday gift wrapping ideas

Try these easy and fun ways to wrap your gifts. They will give all of your presents an extra “wow” factor when the recipient sees them!

Some of these are eco-friendly ideas that use items you already have, and some are just cute and festive ideas to level up your gift wrapping! 

Pom pom package ornament

Dressing up a package with no bow can still look great if your are creative. Christina from Remodelando La Casa shows us how to make this adorable wreath ornament that really dresses up a plain package.

You could also use a poinsettia ornament. That would be festive all month long, because poinsettias are a symbol of Christmas, and National Poinsettia Day also falls earlier in December.

A present wrapped in brown paper with a pom pom package ornament.Sweater gift bags

I love this idea of taking the arms of an old sweater, adding some lovely ribbons and making them into darling gift bags. The project is so easy to do too! See how to make these sweater gift bags on Organized 31.Two red, repurposed sweater gift bags with different wire bows on them.

Woven ribbon wrap

I love this idea from Martha Stewart. It starts with a single wide ribbon at the top of the package and then other ribbons of various sizes are woven through the ribbons as they take shape.

The end result is a lovely woven ribbon effect.

Woven ribbon gift wrapping on a red package.

Printable holiday gift tags

Fleece Fun has some super cute printable holiday gift tags like the one pictured here. Be sure to check out her site to print out these gift tags.

Free Printable gift tags on a golden gift bag with white tissue paper.

Crayon gift wrap

How cute is this idea?! It will keep the kids busy while they wait for their turn to open the gift.  Just attach crayons to plain white paper.

Idea shared from a website call Miss Webbie which is no longer running. Idea could easily be duplicated though. A present wrapped in white paper with the words "color me" written on it and six Crayons on it.

Drawstring Christmas bags

I love how luxurious these drawstring bags from One Creative Mommy look. The fabric possibilities are endless. 

They are also great because they hold presents that have an unusual size.  If you make tall ones, they can hold wine bottle gifts!Four drawstring Christmas gift bags, in red, purple, blue and black.

Christmas gift wrap ornaments

Add a colorful touch with these hand made Christmas gift wrap ornaments from 365 Days of Crafts. The ornaments are made out of Polymer Clay. 

They are so bright and colorful and full of dimension. See the tutorial for these gift wrap ornaments here.Blue and green polymer Clay gift wrap ornaments on a white table.

Snowy mountain scene

Sometimes simplicity makes the best packages. This idea uses plain paper as a background but then effectively uses other papers to create a lovely mountain scene. Shared from Carolyn’s Homework.Snowy mountain scene gift wrap on a rectangular present.

Snowflake gift wrap

Plain brown paper plus a white snowflake overlay equals style. This classy looking idea from Splash of Something is easy to do and yet very effective looking. Get the tutorial here.

Snowflake gift wrap project on a brown paper present with paper snowflakes scattered around it.

Chevron trinket box

This cute trinket box is perfect for a a small gift. You could choose holiday colors to make this the perfect choice for your Christmas treasure. See how to make it on This Mama Loves. Chevron trinket box next to a purple headband wit ha purple fabric flower on it.

Get the kids involved

Christmas is for the children. Forget about making your gifts something that Martha Stewart would envy and get the kinds involved. 

They will have so much fun and their eyes will light up when the gift is opened, knowing they had a part in wrapping it. 

This idea from In the Playroom, uses paints and cookie cutters on plain paper  to make festive wrapping paper.Cookie cutter gift wrap idea with red and yellow paint.

Pottery barn shopping bag recycled

The inspiration for this lovely idea from 33 shades of green came from an old Pottery barn shopping bag that got copied at Kinkos and remade into a lovely new look. See how Alyssa did this project here.Pottery barn shopping bag recycled into new gift wrap on presents in the trunk of a car.

Wire ribbon bow tutorial

Large wire wrapped ribbon can easily be made into bows that love just lovely on large packages. The bows can be made in any color or design of holiday ribbon. 

Just leave a long end on the middle piece that holds the bow to wrap around the outside of the present.  Store flattened when done and then reuse next year by fluffing them up.  See how to make them here.

A blue wire wrapped ribbon bow.


Personalized labels

These pretty Christmas gift tags with holiday messages add the perfect personalized touch to your holiday packages.

If you want to write a longer message than can fit on the gift labels, tape a Christmas card to your package!

Holiday gift tags with messages on a table next to scissors, rosemary and a wrapped present.

Fabric Bags

Scraps of cloth can make great gift bags. Kimberly from The Little Crunchy made this soft toned fabric bag with no sewing at all.

Fabric gift bag made from fleece.If crafts are not your cup of tea, try one of these frugal tips for holiday gift wrapping from The Gardening Cook to give you other ideas on how to save on holiday gift wrap.

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