One of my absolute favorite things about the Holiday Season is wrapping presents! I know it sounds crazy but I really look forward to doing it and making it as pretty as possible. This love of gift wrapping began at the age of twelve. It was during this time in my life that my mom put me in charge of wrapping all the presents besides my own. A responsibility I held until I left home for college. During these years at home, I found myself wanting to do it differently every time. I also wanted to wrap each gift according to the personality of the individual that would be receiving it.
The tradition of wrapping gifts is something that was done in China as soon as paper was invented in 105 A.D. Modern gift wrapping as we know it was invented by Hallmark in 1917. Gift wrapping paper became the first product that Hallmark made aside from Cards and it was a complete accident like many successful and new innovations.
To kick off the Holiday Season, I wanted to give all of you some fun gift wrapping ideas that range from simple to more challenging! I hope you will be inspired to “think outside of the box” and have a little fun wrapping your presents. After all, if you are going to do it, might as well have a little fun. An added bonus is that the receiver will remember your wrapping and speak of it for months to come. You can check out our gift wrapping ideas on our Pinterest board for more fun and unique ways to wrap your holiday presents.
This style can be achieved by using traditional wrapping paper that is elegant and simple. Colors for this type of paper are limited to one or two color combinations. You can use a gorgeous ribbon or bow to wrap around a gift box. Because of the clean edges and corners of the box, this look can make a powerful yet subtle statement. For embellishments, use gold or jewel tone ribbons, braided rope or tassels to add finishing touches on clean and crisp wrapped boxes.
Green or Eco-friendly wrapping
Let’s be honest, wrapping presents creates a lot of waste. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, household waste increases by more than 25% from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. If you want to leave a smaller carbon footprint, consider going green for your gift wrapping this year. This can be achieved by using recycled paper, biodegradable paper, newspapers, or empty food packaging boxes. You can also use leftover fabric you might have lying around or shop the remnant section of your local fabric store for great deals. Another way to find material is to visit your local thrift store. For toppers, get creative and use what you find around the house.
Who says you have to stick to wrapping paper in traditional Holiday colors. Gift wrapping should be a creative experience and can also be a stress reliever (just don’t wait until the last minute). To wrap presents using this style, find bright color wrapping paper and ribbons. You can get as bright and as loud as you want. Just keep in mind the taste of the person you are wrapping for to guide your choices.
In my opinion, this style is the most fun and allows for so much creativity. Remember how much fun you had in kindergarten putting as many colors as you could in your drawing without caring if they went together? Well this is the same thing. Go ahead and mix prints, use nontraditional prints while matching or not matching bows and toppers. The choice is up to you. Just have fun creating!
I saved the best and my personal favorite for last, toppers! When it comes to topers for your holiday gifts, you can skip the store bought, premade bow and get creative. This is a category that is limitless! Get the kids involved by having them help you create fun toppers. Just make sure you don’t use the toppers they create on their gifts from Santa (this is how my daughter discovered mommy and daddy were Santa). You can look at some of the images from the other categories as well for topper ideas.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post. We would love to hear your gift wrapping ideas. Feel free to comment and send us pictures of the type of wrappings you love.