Christmas Wrapping Ideas

Original ideas for Christmas wrapping

Do you hate Christmas wrapping? Or is it the highlight of your season? Chances are you fall into one of two categories. One type of person regards their Christmas wrapping as a chore they need to get done. The other sees it as a creative endeavour and enjoys browsing Christmas gift wrap as much as doing their holiday shopping.

If you're in the first category, chances are you just need inspiration -- and if you're in the second, you'll enjoy these new ideas that make your Christmas wrapping easy, creative, and enjoyable.

Tips for Christmas paper wrapping

1. Make it fun!

Get together with a friend or family member and have a Christmas gift wrap party. You can both bring your Christmas wrap and share, meaning you get twice the variety for half the price. Crank up the carols, bring out some treats, and take over the kitchen table.

2. Make sure you have what you need

There's nothing that spoils Christmas wrapping faster than having to get up fifteen times because you ran out of tape, ribbon, paper, or what have you. Before you get started, make sure you have a pair of scissors, a good supply of tape, at least two pens for the gift tags, all of your gifts, and whatever wrapping supplies you're using; Christmas wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, and gift tags are the bare necessities.

3. If in doubt, buy in packs

In most stores at this time of year, you can buy coordinated packages of Christmas wrapping paper that come with matching accessories. If you hate the idea of picking through bows looking for one that matches, this works. Another option is to go monochromatic. If all of your paper and bows are red, you don't have to worry about matching.

Getting creative

If you already know all of this and just want some creative Christmas wrap ideas, here are some suggestions for you.

1. Make your own Christmas wrapping paper.

Get a roll of plain brown butcher paper and a series of Christmas stamps. Stamp the paper to make your own gift wrap and tie it with packing cord. It will give you a nice old fashioned look to your gifts.

2. Recycle!

Save favorite paper and accessories from Christmases past, then combine them in new ways.

3. Use fake plants

In place of bows, buy plastic poinsettia plants and other floral accessories to give yourself a creative edge when it comes to Christmas wrap.

4. Use non-traditional objects

In place of ribbon, use yarn. In place of Christmas wrapping paper, use tissue paper. Use your imagination and see what you can find that fits your wrapping theme.

5. Tailor your gift wrap

Match your gift wrap to recipients as carefully as you would the gift itself. For example, you could wrap a book lover's gift in pages torn from an old novel.

When you use your imagination, you'll find that Christmas wrapping isn't nearly as much work as you thought.

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