39 Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas for All the Loved Ones on Your List

When store-bought bows just won't cut it, try one of these creative tricks.

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David Hillegas

Give your holiday presents an extra special touch with these easy Christmas gift wrapping ideas. Whether you're gifting festive fares, a handcrafted trinket, or something really unique, these various DIYs have got you—and your gift—covered.

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diy wreath bag gift wrap idea
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DIY Christmas Wreath Label

Make small trinkets, gift cards, and other tiny gifts look grand with this label you can throw on any small paper bag.

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reindeer gift wrapping idea
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Rudolph Gift Wrap

Create your very own fleet of reindeer with this easy craft that you can display under your tree or anywhere in your home.

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Natural Elements

Forage your backyard for tree clippings, pinecones, and other pieces of fresh greenery to top your gifts. Fast and free—it doesn't get better than that!

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diy stamp gift wrap
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DIY Stamp Wrapping Paper

You can use this DIY holiday stamp (fashioned from a ) to craft your holiday cards, too.

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reindeer print gift wrap idea
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Reindeer Thumbprint Paper

Feature Rudolph all over your wrapping paper by using your thumb and to recreate this pattern.

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diy paper bag gift wrap
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Easy DIY Holiday Paper Bags

Sometimes paper just won't cut it. These simple bags, adorned with merry messages, work for gifts of all shapes and sizes.

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paper straw stars gift wrap idea
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DIY Paper Straw Star Gift Toppers

Buy in bulk and you can create this ex-straw-dinary gift wrap idea on the cheap.

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gift-wrapping ideas plaid patterns
Annie Schlechter
Plaid Patterns

Mix and match tartan prints in festive colors for a stylish and colorful statement, like blogger Nora Murphy.

RELATED: The Definitive Guide on How to Wrap a Gift

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candy christmas gift wrap idea
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Candy Cane Topper

Make your gifts even sweeter by adorning them with everyone's favorite Christmas candy.

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rustic gift wrapping idea
Philip Ficks
Rustic Elegance

Sprigs of rosemary and pepperberry perk up these presents wrapped in kraft paper.


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gift-wrapping ideas honeycomb ornaments
David Hillegas
Gift Toppers

These colorful creations add wow factor to humble brown paper packages.

Honeycomb Ornaments: Cut 1 ½" and 2 ½" half circles from honeycomb paper. Hot-glue one side of folded half circle to package; unfold and glue other side of sphere to box. Use a silver paint pen to draw ornament hangers.

Paper Straw Christmas Tree: Use a pencil to draw a triangle on the top of package. Cut paper straws in graduated lengths to fit horizontally within triangle. Adhere with hot-glue. Cut two 1" pieces of straw and glue vertically at base to form a trunk. Weave a piece of string down the length of tree, adhering with dots of hot-glue along the way. Glue small buttons along length of string.

Yarn Pom-Pom Twirl yarn around four fingers 50 times. Cut excess yarn and slide loop off fingers, making sure that it doesn't unravel. Cinch at middle with yarn. Use scissors to cut loops and fluff with fingers. Wrap package with coordinating yarn, using ends to tie on pom-pom.

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gift-wrapping ideas paper packets
Miki Duisterhof
Paper Gift Packets

Making packaging to be proud of requires little more than thread and scrap paper. Let soft goods shine—sans box—by layering two pieces of kraft paper together and drawing your chosen shape (star, stocking, or other Yuletide symbol) on the top piece. Cut through both layers of paper, then sandwich a gift between the two shapes and stitch along the edges using contrasting thread.

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gift-wrapping ideas tape art
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Mix Tape

Graphic designer dresses up Kraft paper with festive masking tape, alternating horizontal and vertical strips to mimic ribbon. A snowflake fashioned from frayed candy cane colored paper straws becomes the crowning glory.

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gift-wrapping ideas road map
Miki Duisterhof
Road Map

Freebie road maps and atlas pages serve as great graphic gift wrap. Instead of tying a bow on top, thread thin cord through a vintage button and knot tightly to secure.


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gift wrapping idea deer
Miki Duisterhof
Deer Silhouettes

Butcher paper becomes the perfect backdrop for stag silhouettes. Print and cut out our templates, then trace onto newsprint or construction paper and cut out. Tape in place and finish with twine.

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gift wrapping idea games
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Game Time

To create these winning packages, glued vintage game boards and pieces to plain cardboard boxes. Incomplete games often sell for only a few dollars at flea markets and garage sales so they only look like they cost a fortune!

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Artistic

Got a box of crayons? Then you can replicate printmaker/graphic designer abstract print. The designer channeled her inner grade-schooler by sandwiching colorful wax shavings between layers of tissue paper (three on the top and three on the bottom) and ironing them until the wax melted. After wrapping, she adorned the gift with an asymmetrically placed satin ribbon and a cluster of tissue dahlias.

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gift wrapping idea sheet music
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Musical

Karen Bartolomei of repurposed "Jingle Bells" sheet music to create a whimsical package with festive cheer. She enlarged the music on a copier, and then printed it onto thick paper. A satin bow and jumble of—what else?—jingle bells provide the finishing touches.


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gift wrapping idea shirt
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Ready-to-Wear

Infuse new life into a thrift-store shirt and brooch. Not only is the result eco-friendly, but, as gift wrap designer points out, when you remove the brooch and unpin the shirt, you've got three gifts in one.

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gift wrapping idea tag
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Tag Team

Include a cookie in your gift tag for an unexpected treat. Simply write a message on a piece of card stock cut to size, and insert the card and a cookie in the cellophane envelope. Punch two holes through the envelope with a hole puncher, and loop a ribbon through and tie.

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gift wrapping idea custom
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Name Game

There's no need for gift tags with Personalized Gift Wrap from . Customize your wrapping paper to display classic holiday greetings or a loved one's name. And the festive paper options from "Hip Holiday" to "Peppy Mint" and "Merry & Bright" will have you whistling carols before you're done wrapping the gift.

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gift wrapping idea ornament
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Ball Ornament String Wrapping

This technique is an easy way to keep gift wrapping clean and classy this holiday season. To personalize your gift tag, add a small letter sticker to the ball ornament.

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Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas garland
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Black Tree Garland and Stamped Wrapping Paper

For this patterned ode to Christmas trees, you'll need paper card stock, scissors, a sewing machine, 2-inch rubber eraser, and a black ink stamp pad.

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Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas
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Boxwood Wrapped "Joy" Gift Wrapping

Bring some joy to the world with this sparkly and festive gift wrap. Green and red make for a spirited design you'll turn to every winter.

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gift wrapping idea chalkboard
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Christmas Chalkboard Packaging

With black kraft paper and some white paint markers, these creative packages will look great underneath your tree.

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gift wrapping idea lights
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Christmas Light Wrapping Paper

Why stop at your tree when decorating with Christmas lights? Print and cut out colorful bulbs, fold each in half, and use a glue pen to attach to twine. Then, simply wrap around your package and secure with tape.

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gift wrapping idea tree
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Car and Tree

A fun, creative way to top your gifts with holiday cheer. Use a Sharpie to draw on a car and tie on the bottle brush tree with some string.

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Interactive Gift Wrap

Turn unwrapping gifts into a game-filled activity the kids will love. Crayons and toy cards will entertain your little ones for a few moments before the frenzy of opening presents commences.

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gift wrapping idea boxwood wreath
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Craft Paper and Boxwood Wreath Gift Wrap

This beautiful wreath and craft paper design is a definite go-to. It makes plain brown wrapping paper a whole lot prettier.

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gift wrapping idea word puzzle
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Word Puzzle Wrapping Paper

Give the gift of mystery this Christmas with this fun puzzle wrapped around your presents.

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