Easy gift wrapping ideas for pretty Christmas parcels. The ultimate list for fresh and unique gift wrapping ideas to decorate the gifts under your tree this year.
Confession- We spend a lot of time each season selecting gifts for each person. Naturally, I handle the wrapping with just as much care.
That being said, I don’t enjoy multiple trips to the craft store or spending an hour of my time wrapping one gift. It’s holiday crunch time- nobody has time for that!
Your gifts can look great with minimal effort, and you can actually enjoy the process.
Whether you’re searching for something Christmas themed, a kid-friendly wrapping craft, or a personal touch, I know you’ll find something on this list that you’ll just love.
Gather Your Supplies
- Washi tape
- Brown kraft or butcher paper
- Plain colored wrapping paper
- Card stock (Asstd Colors)
- String, yarn, and/or ribbon
- Pom pom balls
- Chalk markers
- Metallic sharpie markers
- Jingle bells
- Extra tree clippings or cheap ornament balls
Brown Paper Packages Tied up with Strings
In the past it was commonly used to wrap purchases made from the general store or butchers shop. Today, wrapping gifts with this versatile (and inexpensive) covering demonstrates the extra thought you put into your parcels.
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Our Crafty Mom demonstrates how four easy steps, and four common supplies, transforms everyday shipping paper into custom chalk couture wrapping paper.
Craft paper and bakers twine get all dressed up for Christmas in this crafty twine kit being used in several different ways.
No glue or tape is required. All you need is string, and straws, and some folding skills.
DIY Gift Tags
Skip the cheesy sheets of store-bought stickers this year and DIY your gift tags for a creative spin. A well-designed gift tag enhances your present; it’s the ultimate accessory for under the tree.
Drawing skills not required! This image transfer tutorial lets you add small designs on wood slices or other ornamentations.
These adorable and free printable ornament gift tags add a rainbow of holiday cheer to your gifts.
Mad about plaids? These free Printable Plaid Holiday Gift Tags add just the right touch of classic holiday flair to simple packaging.
Attaching one of these free printable Christmas gift tags adds the perfect personal touch to any gift this season.
Custom Wrapping Paper
Although wrapping paper can be found everywhere at this point in the season, grabbing an extra roll here and there can add up! It is more budget savvy and impactful to get a bit creative, plus these often make great kids crafts. Get inspired by some of these custom creations!
Ditch the fancy store bought rolls, and DIY your own wrapping paper using stamps and glitter like this DIY Nautical wrapping paper with full tutorial.
This free printable Christmas gift wrapping paper prints out on 11×17 inch paper. It’s an ideal and adorable solution for smaller gifts.
Eco friendly fabric that can be used again and again, not to mention will cover all those awkwardly shaped gifts is a perfect solution! DIY or buy on Etsy, this hand drawn wrapping fabric is stunning!
Making your own stamps allows you full creative license! Apply the ultimate personalization to your Christmas gift giving with this full tutorial.
Have an image that would look gorgeous under your tree? This DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to make Christmas wrapping paper using your own photos.
Got washi tape laying around? Add it to gifts for a modern effect. Simply cut and stick!
Creative Unboxing Ideas
Simply abhor the idea of rolling out paper and cutting it to fit, etc, etc? No problem! We’ve included an alternative for every type of Christmas gifter. Try some of these creative boxing ideas on for size.
These Cozy Christmas Crates are so useful! Customize your crate with hand-picked goodies.
These cute gingerbread house packages are the perfect parcels for spreading holiday cheer through the neighborhood. Excellent for small gifts or homemade treats.
Love coordinating your packages? Make custom gift boxes out of heavy cardstock for a collection of beautifully wrapped, coordinated gifts in any size you need!
These little DIY gift boxes are made with duct tape and Cereal Boxes! Yes, duct tape is available in so many cute and crafty styles now. It’s so handy when you need to dress up a small gift on the fly.
A few simple tools and 15 minutes are all you need to learn how to make wire word art! Create personalized gift tags or hang your favorite quote on the wall! The fun and possibilities are endless.
Watercolor prints adorn paper embedded with a blend of wildflower seeds that will sprout if planted. Spread the joy with this sustainable and beautiful option.
It may be on the inside what counts, but a fancy ribbon never hurts. Toss the bag of plastic bows aside and take a gander at these festive gift topping ideas.
Cute wire adornments are wrapped in yarn to make the perfect cherry on top for your Christmas packages. Bonus: These easy to craft designs also make excellent additions to your tree.
This Christmas greenery stem made with olive leaves, eucalyptus and red berries is a great way to add an eco-friendly touch of greenery. It’s very simple but can also be used in other ways such as decorations or a vase of winter branches that won’t wilt.
Weave pretty papers to make gift toppers that are both economical and easy to make. These fun gift additions can also be made with yarn. It’s so pretty, I’d have a hard time finding the heart to rip into it!
Make Christmas magical this year with a beautiful customized Christmas box! These custom boxes are the perfect, magical touch to add to your gift tradition and used again and again. They also work perfectly for a Christmas Eve box tradition.
Handmade vintage canvas gift tags, spools of lace ribbon and cardstock tags perk up plain paper for elegant nostalgia.
Gold Tipped Paper Feathers make for pretty parcels, paper feather wreaths or a festive feathered garland. Use glue, ribbon or miniature pegs to secure the feathers.
Make your own Christmas ribbon this season with twill ribbon and iron on transfer paper! Simple instructions and sample files included in the tutorial.
A ball of yarn is a thrifty crafting staple, making it the perfect accessory for gift box decor. These are quite special and unique!
This tutorial offers simple, personalized ideas every gift under your tree. Easy enough for last minute wrappers, ideas include custom name gift tags or sticking a photo of the recipient under a pretty bow.
The key to adding style to your gifts is to incorporate elements not traditionally considered gift wrap materials. These ideas incorporate items from the dollar store including clothesline and Christmas ornaments. Easy Dollar Store Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas by Make and Do Crew
I hope you’ve found the perfect easy gift wrapping ideas to use for your gifts this year! Happy wrapping.
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