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Holiday Gift Wrap

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Unlike most of you, I have not finished my holiday shopping. Ok- maybe I haven’t really started. Things have been so busy that Christmas kind of came in a hurry this year. Although my shopping isn’t close to being done, I wanted to share my favorite gift wrapping ideas. I know some people dread wrapping, but it’s probably my favorite part of the process. I like to think if the presentation and packaging look nice, the gift will be better received and more meaningful.

I’ve put together 12 ideas and tips for seasonal wrapping. If you haven’t started packaging all those gifts, maybe this will give you some motivation and inspiration!

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01: I found this really weird, amazing paper on Etsy. I’m keeping the extra sheets for non-seasonal gifts as well; it’s really versatile and unique! I added a feather tie-on and used a hang tag that came free with a HSN purchase last year. Hang onto those seasonal odds & ends and pull them out next year; you’ll be happy you did!

02: This gold woodgrain paper is from Target. I used bakers twine to tie a holiday tag, which came with a Jcrew shopping bag. I love when stores include a to/from tag, especially if the branding is nonexistent or minimal. I’m extra happy if retailers offer cool gift wrap options. Because why wouldn’t you want someone else to wrap it for you?

03: The kraft and white dotted paper is from TJ Maxx. I rummaged through a bin of mostly bad wrapping paper to find this simple gem. I played around with a brush pen, added some lettering, greenery, and a mid century sticker (from Target last season)… voila!

04: Again- I love saving holiday items from one year to the next. Throw it in a box, stash it in the attic, and you’re good to go. This drawstring bag came from Kikki-K last season. I buy a leather bound planner every year and it usually comes in a cute little bag.

05: You can’t go wrong with plain kraft paper. Dress it up with ribbon, greenery, printouts or a tag. The neutral color will go with any palette during any season.

06: This is the same amazing paper from number one, but with a different animal pattern. The set came with multiple sequences. I added twine and a feather charm. This is probably my favorite package of the entire set, even though it’s not the traditional red and green expected gift wrap.

07: The simple dots look great with anything. This is the TJ Maxx dotted paper, bakers twine, with a Target hangtag. If you aren’t as lucky at TJ Maxx, try stamping plain kraft paper with white ink- an easy and chic DIY.

08: I dressed up the gold woodgrain wrapping paper with a monogrammed art deco Christmas ornament. The marbled tag was left over from a holiday project I made last week.

09: I found another great paper on Etsy: white and kraft hand-drawn gift wrap. I finished the package with a striped ribbon and a mid-century Christmas sticker (from Target last season).

10: This paper is also neutral and versatile. It’s the same gift wrap from number nine, plus twine and greenery. Sometimes minimal is the most beautiful!

11: I can’t get enough of the crazy animal sequence paper. I paired the print with a red satin ribbon and bakers twine.

12: Last but not least- kraft paper, greenery, bakers twine, and a hand-drawn gift tag make a subtle and elegant presentation.

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Other gift wrapping tips: use double sided tape to make seams less noticeable. Take advantage of great packaging. I just bought a hand cleanser that came in a beautiful jar pump; the only thing it needed was a tag tied to the item. Don’t create more work for yourself than necessary. If you’re not finished with wrapping (or shopping, for that matter)- get to it! I’d love to see your ideas. Merry Christmas!

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    December 19, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Awesome idea! Just shared this on Twitter. Thank you!

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