If you’ve kept your yearly promise to start your Christmas shopping early this year, congratulations! That means not only are you way ahead of the rest of us, but you probably have a few gifts that are ready to wrap. But why stick with tired ol’ store-bought wrapping paper? We’ve got a few suggestions on how to take your gift wrapping to the next level:
1. Kraft Paper
Kraft paper wrapping is huge this year, probably because it’s so versatile. You can keep it plain, add stamps, buttons, ribbons, glitter, sequins—really anything will make it look special. The best part? Kraft paper is much more affordable than traditional wrapping paper, and it’s sturdy enough to withstand curious little hands. We love the simplistic beauty of red ribbon and gold ink, but the possibilities are truly endless.
2. DIY Wrapping Paper
Give your little ones something to while the days until Christmas with this white paper and crayon project. Kiddos can draw what they think their gift might be, or what they want it to be, or they can use the gift wrap after unwrapping their gift to draw a thank you note to the giver. This idea is also great for gifts to grandparents and relatives from your little ones; let them use their creativity to create personalized wrapping paper for a very special gift.
3. Soften Up
Gift wrapping doesn’t necessarily have to include paper. If you have an old sweater lying around (the one that’s been in the back of the closet for 10 years) or even just some fabric scraps from your craft room, put them to work with some scissors and a quick bow. Sewing and tape aren’t necessary, which makes this method easy, quick and easy to clean up. Hint: sleeves make a great way to gift a bottle of wine!
4. Newspaper Wrapping
If you’re on a serious budget this year (who isn’t?) and looking to save wherever you can, look no further than the pile of newspapers on your coffee table. Gift wrap can be expensive, especially if you’re rusty at wrapping and have to start over a few times. Newspapers, however, are about buck on weekdays, and the three dollar Sunday edition can provide enough wrapping paper for your entire haul. Use your extra dollars on some faux pinecones and greenery to get a rustic wrapping look.
5. Sparkle and Shine
Let’s be honest—the holidays make the gratuitous use of glitter and sequins and all things shiny perfectly acceptable. Armed with some glue and glitter or sequins of your choosing, turn kraft paper, regular wrapping paper or gift boxes into a glistening, glinting pile of wow! You know you’ve reached elite wrapping status when the outside is as coveted as the inside. Now get to glittering!