Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas and Tips for the Perfect Present

For the ultimate in Holiday gift wrapping, look no further than these 23 creative Christmas gift wrap ideas. From recycled paper to using items from your garden, these ideas will add a special touch to your presents this year. These Christmas gift wrap ideas are sure to give you some inspiration for wrapping your Christmas presents.

I love wrapping Christmas gifts almost as much as I do receiving them!  I find it creative and relaxing and the process gives me a change to get artistic and personal with my gifts.

If you look in the Christmas department of any store, one would think that a big wallet is needed to get great looking gift wrapping.  But this is not the case.Ribbon and paper

Many items can be recycled into beautiful and unique Christmas wrapping projects. With a bit of creativity, your creations will add a special touch to any gift.

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Try one of these Creative Christmas gift wrap ideas for a gift wrapped Christmas!

Why spend a lot of money on paper, ribbon and extra embellishments for your gifts when you can use up items that you may already have on hand? It just takes a bit of thinking outside of the (gift) box.

Re-purpose a wooden ornament

Wooden ornaments used to be very popular as rustic additions to your Christmas tree. Their appeal has faded as tastes have changed but don’t throw out those little wooden pieces. Use them as gift attachments.

Butcher paper with wooden star makes a unique Christmas gift

In this simple design, plain butcher paper is tied up in some wide woven jute in an easy overlapping design. Add the star and use a marker to write the recipients name on the back.  Done in just minutes and so effective and comfy looking.

Burlap ribbon with a white lace center would also look great in this design.

Wire Edged Ribbon Bows

This type of bow is one of my favorite ideas for creative gift packaging.  You can see how to make this type of bow here.Christmas gifts with wire edged bows

The beauty of wire edged ribbon is that once you have made them into bows, you can re-use them for many years. I just keep them all in a big plastic container and bring them out at Christmas time.

The bows get squashed but the wire edge in the ribbon allows you to “puff them out” next year.  The ones on these packages are at least 6 years old and look as though I made them today.

I make sure to leave a long end on the bow so that there is enough of the ribbon to wrap around the gift. Even the Dollar Store carries this type of ribbon now.

Recycled garden items

Wandering around your garden this time of the year will give you lots of items that can be used in wrapping paper ideas.Natural looking Christmas gift

In this pretty design eucalyptus leaves, a few seed pods and a piece of wood that has been polished and drilled adds a natural look to the plain white and butcher paper wrapping. Tie it all together with a piece of jute twine to blend with the decorations and your creation is done.

Thumbprint Christmas Lights

What a fun idea this is for a present to grandparents.  Wrap a package in brown butcher paper and dip your child’s thumb into craft paint haphazardly on the top of the package.Thumbprint Christmas lights gift wrapping idea from Burlap and Blue

Once the paint has dried, use a marker to turn the thumbprints into Christmas lights. This is a personalized gift that will be really treasured and it costs next to nothing. See the tutorial from Burlap and Blue.

Sewing Pattern Gift Wrap

One of the most expensive part of the present is often the wrapping paper. (and by the way, have you noticed how it gets thinner and thinner each year, yet the price goes up?)

Don’t worry about the cost of paper.  Use old sewing patterns instead. This idea from Sadie Seasongoods does just that. Check out her tutorial here.Sewing pattern Christmas gifts

Once the gifts are wrapped, add a fabric bow for a unique and creative gift wrapped present that your friends will love.

Less is more

Sometimes, the simplest of designs are the most effective types of Christmas package decorations. 

Gray present with a burlap bowl and snowflake tag

This idea uses a plain gray wrapping paper and then ties it all up with a bow made from wide burlap ribbon.  A simple snowflake gift tag adds the finishing touch.

These tags would probably be expensive since they are punched, but you could achieve the same effect with burlap ribbon from the Dollar store and a sheet of over-sized snowflake window clings placed onto card stock circles with a dab of glue.

More Unique Gift Wrapping Ideas

Still need some more inspiration? Check out these creative Christmas wrapping paper ideas

Unusual sized gifts

Small items and those with unusual sizes can be tucked into pieced of the cardboard tube that the wrapping papers comes on. Christmas cracker shaped gifts

Tuck the gift inside, roll the paper around it, attache some holly and pieces of plaid ribbon on both sides of the tube and add a personalized name sticker.  It will look like a Christmas cracker and is very effective for smaller gifts like jewelry or makeup.

Oh, Christmas Tree

A fir bough from your garden is the perfect match to this plain white paper background and the edged red ribbon.White paper with fir bough and red ribbon

The colors are very Christmasy and the effects looks almost like a Christmas tree. 

It’s Candy Cane time!

Add some candy cane stickers all over a piece of brown craft paper for a fun and young looking gift that the kids will love.Candy cane present

The look is rounded up by wrapping the whole thing with red and white butcher twine and adding a real candy cane to the top.

Garden Round Up

Another use of garden items that is very natural looking. This time, a single pine cone and piece of fresh greenery are added to the top of some speckled white paper.

pinecone and bough on white paper with jute

Tie the whole thing several times with plain jute and add a card stock label for a natural looking gift that sets a Christmas mood beautifully.  Rosemary would also be a nice addition, since it is associated with Christmas. See more facts about the greenery of Christmas.

Christmas Messages 

Make your own Christmas messages gift tags at home on your printer.  They add a lovely personalized touch to any gift.Red present with white ribbon and message gift tag

The color of the gift tags lends itself to red paper with soft white ribbon.  Print the Christmas messages gift tags here.

More DIY Christmas gift wrapping ideas

The ideas above are just a few of the easy gift wrap ideas that you can try out this year.  If you want even more inspiration, check out these DIY fancy gift wrapping ideas.

  1. Christmas stars made of red and white straws.
  2. 17 Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas
  3. Make your own photo wrapping paper.
  4. Use yarn to embellish Christmas gifts.
  5. Make your own unique Christmas wrapping with Washi tape.
  6. Finish off a brown paper bag with these cute DIY wreath labels.
  7. Add some dimension to a gift with these water color holly leaves.
  8. Personalize a gift with these monogram alphabet letter tags.
  9. For the music lover. Make sheet music gift wrap.
  10. Add a unique look with these felt gift toppers.
  11. Decorate a package with these creative paper feathers.
  12. These wax paper bows are inexpensive but still cute.
  13. Use duct tape to make big, bold bows for your packages.

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Yield: Creative looking Christmas Gifts

Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas and Tips for the Perfect Present

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Round up some of these supplies to use to decorate your Christmas gifts this year. Recycle and Reuse!

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • Old Vintage Patterns
  • Wire Edged Ribbon
  • Garden Items
  • Butcher Paper
  • Craft Paint
  • Old wooden Christmas Ornaments
  • Snowflake window clings
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Pine bough
  • Red White Butcher Twine
  • Candy Cane Stickers
  • PIne cones, garden greenery
  • Christmas message gift tags (link below)
  • Cardboard tubes and name stickers


  • Scissors, and tape


  1. Vintage sewing patterns make great, inexpensive wrapping papers substitutes.
  2. Turn wire edged ribbon into bows that can be re-used from one season to the next.
  3. Garden items will decorate presents for a natural looking gift presentation.
  4. Use butcher paper as the base for rustic gift wrapping.
  5. Turn craft paints into Christmas lights with the addition of your child's thumb.
  6. Old wooden ornaments that have seen their better days can do double duty as Christmas gift attachments.
  7. Attach snowflake window clings with a dab of glue onto card stock circles for decorative gift tags.
  8. Team burlap ribbon with plain wrapping paper for a unique and simple look.
  9. Add a pine bow and red ribbon to turn a plain white wrapped present into a Christmas tree look.
  10. Add candy cane stickers to butcher paper and tie it all up with red and white butcher twine.
  11. Add pine cones with garden greenery and jute for a natural look.
  12. Add a personalized touch to fits with Christmas messages gift tags.
  13. Place small items in pieces of cardboard tube and turn them into Christmas cracker type gifts.


Print out this list to have nearby to remind you of these creative Christmas gift ideas.

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