The season of giving arrives. For many of us, this means making plans, starting to prepare, and filling houses with all kinds of festive flare thanks to holiday decorations.
Of course, the holiday season also marks the beginning of a joyous gift-giving season. While many people are happy to use the standard wrapping paper and gift tag technique, others are looking for more creative ways to wrap gifts.
Maybe you want to preserve some trees and are searching for a more environmentally friendly option, or maybe you’re just sick of the same old, same old, and want to change things up a little this year. Still, the alternatives to standard wrapping paper listed below are certain to motivate you to approach your gift-wrapping game from a completely different perspective this year.
A little evergreen is the essence of Christmas. Your rustic brown paper packages will seem more festive if you tuck some lovely sprigs or pine cones inside of them (tied up with string, of course). Green also stands out on the plain background.
There is something romantic about dried flowers. They’ll look great tucked under some twine on top of your gifts, whether you buy them or dry them yourself. Your dried bouquet will seem even more lovely with a few autumnal leaves added.
Photo gift tags
Add a nice photo of you and the recipient to your gifts to make them more unique and special this year. Making a simple DIY picture tag for your gifts is better than completely wrapping the present in photo paper because it may ruin the image. Print out your favorite picture, punch a hole in it, and string it to the present.
Japanese gift wrapping in cloth is known as “furoshiki.” Furoshiki has historically been used to wrap objects for transportation in square-shaped linens. The garments typically have hemmed edges, and occasionally have hand-painted patterns.
But if you don’t have a lovely, square cloth, don’t feel constrained. Make use of any material you have. A simple bandana would do. You can use your fabric scraps if you sew. If not, you can purchase cheap fabric scraps from your neighborhood thrift shop.
Even if you believe in zero-waste living, you might feel that wrapping gifts in the newspaper is going too far. However, with the perfect newspaper and a festive tag on top, your present wrapping will go from clumsy to expert. Choose the pages that include inspiring news or listings for festive events. And yes, you can even use this idea when wrapping gifts for parents!
If you have children or are a fan of journaling, you most likely already have an alphabetical collection of stamps stashed away. They can now be used to create adorable gift labels. Stamp out each person’s name letter by letter using different ink colors, or write a joyful greeting.
Polka dots and berries
Make your own polka-dot wrapping paper by stamping with huge sequins. Although they won’t be as shiny, the paper can flex without sending sequins flying onto your floor, so that’s a win.
Remember the paper snowflakes you made in school? Maybe you still occasionally engage in it with your children. So pull out the construction paper and scissors, because a paper snowflake makes a wonderful gift topper for the unusual gifts you have under the tree. Each snowflake is unique!
Wrap your gifts in fabric to create almost no waste this holiday season. Not only can they prevent tearing on box corners, but they also look fantastic with a few sprigs and foliage tucked inside the knot. You can purchase wrapping cloth if you don’t already have any on hand.
Pink and gold color scheme
Pastels never go out of style, and a blushing pink gift that has been warmed up with a gold ribbon or a dazzling gold star will fulfill everyone’s wish lists. This pairing is a particularly lovely option for gifts for your sister.
Sometimes all it takes to make your gifts stand out under the tree is a small adjustment to a classic pattern. Consider the traditional gift with the ribbon around it. Gifts will take on a completely new appearance if the ribbon is wrapped around the corners rather than the sides. To keep the ribbon flat, we recommend gluing it.