Clever Stunning and Simple Gift Wrapping Ideas

How to wrap a gift in a creative way.
How to wrap a gift in a creative way. | Source

Getting a gift is exciting, but getting a nicely wrapped one is even better. The way you wrap a present says a lot about the thought that has gone into it. An attractively embellished box or package says that you have taken the time to make it special for someone. But this seemingly simple process can turn into a headache even for the most thoughtful of gift-givers, simply because sometimes people just run out of ideas. So, if you have a wrapping problem or you are just looking for some fresh and creative ideas on how to dress up that perfect gift, read on.

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Mess-Free “Gingerbread” House

Take your gift wrapping to the next level by making these adorable gingerbread house boxes.
Take your gift wrapping to the next level by making these adorable gingerbread house boxes. | Source

Christmas is the biggest gift-buying time of the year, which involves a lot of gift wrapping. This means that this is the perfect time to show off your creativity and artistic side.

We will start with Brittany’s idea for these fantastic gingerbread house gift boxes. They are made from simple cardboard boxes, decorated with white painter’s marker. The white marker really stands out against the neutral tone of the box, making it look just like the real thing. You can use bigger boxes for larger presents and smaller ones for something like homemade cookies, tea, meringues or truffles. These adorable packages will definitely upgrade a handmade present to a polished gift. For a tutorial, head to The House that Lars Built.

Rustic Meets Artistic

These super stylish gift wraps can also be a great way to repurpose old Christmas cards.
These super stylish gift wraps can also be a great way to repurpose old Christmas cards. | Source

The next gift wrapping idea is simply brilliant and it will make your presents look like they came straight out of a magazine. As you can see, it is hard to go wrong with brown craft paper and artsy winter scene images! For a tutorial on how to create these rustic-artistic gift wraps, visit Design Sponge. The website also tells you where to download the beautiful images from.

Tiny Paper Bag Cottage

Make a "treat house" out of a paper bag. Your kids can get in on the action and help you, too!
Make a "treat house" out of a paper bag. Your kids can get in on the action and help you, too! | Source

With a little imagination and some decorative paper and glue in hand, you can turn an ordinary paper bag into a masterpiece. Take a look at this cute paper bag cottage from Unify Handmade! It is a super easy craft and it is perfect for handing out treats or small gifts to neighborhood kids, teachers or Christmas Carolers. This creative idea can also be adapted for making little "haunted" house treat bags for Halloween.

Faux Fireplace

Tired of the same old holiday wrapping paper? Wrap you gift in a brick-pattern paper and make it look like a small fireplace.
Tired of the same old holiday wrapping paper? Wrap you gift in a brick-pattern paper and make it look like a small fireplace. | Source

Nothing says Christmas like stockings hanging on the mantle over the fire place. But if you don’t have a fireplace, don’t worry! You can transform a gift box into one. This idea comes from eHow, Brazil and will definitely bring some coziness to your living room. The bricks were cut from red contact paper and then stuck to the box, which was wrapped in advance with white paper. For this project, especially if you have to wrap a large box, it is better to use a sheet of brick-patterned paper. This will save you a lot of time and work.

Repurpose an Old Sweater

Old sweater sleeves make good gift bags.
Old sweater sleeves make good gift bags. | Source

If you have a bunch of old sweaters in your closet that are good candidates for some “upcycling”, you may like the gift wrapping tutorial from Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart. All you need to do is literally cut off their sleeves, make couple of stiches, find a pretty ribbon and you re good to go this holiday season. In case you don’t have old sweaters laying around, just head over to your local thrift store.

Gift Wrapping Ideas for Baby Showers

Clothesline Garland

Adorable baby shower clothesline gift wrap that only takes a few minutes to put together.
Adorable baby shower clothesline gift wrap that only takes a few minutes to put together. | Source

Those looking for a special way to wrap a baby shower gift should consider this idea from Anastasia Marie. It is a charming clothesline garland decoration, inspired by the homemade clotheslines that are often given as gifts at baby showers. And if you substitute the baby clothes cutouts for cartoon characters, cars, dolls or animals, you will have a nice gift topper for kids, too.

Giraffe Silhouettes

This super adorable giraffe-themed gift wrap will be a major hit at a baby shower.
This super adorable giraffe-themed gift wrap will be a major hit at a baby shower. | Source

Here is another example of how to spice up a baby shower gift with an artful packaging. This one is perfect for when you are giving boring items off the registry, like diapers and onesies. There is no tutorial for this project, but it is pretty much self-explanatory. Just cut giraffe silhouettes from cardstock, decorate them with markers and glue them to the gift box.

Gift Wrapping Ideas for Kids

Toy Topper

Get kids excited about getting clothes for their birthdays by attaching small toys to their gift package.
Get kids excited about getting clothes for their birthdays by attaching small toys to their gift package. | Source

As many parents know, small kids find a gift box or a wrapping paper way more exciting to play with than the actual gift itself. For this reason, it makes sense to make the outside of their presents fun and entertaining. One example is this interesting packaging from Lines Across. In order to make it, you need to glue a strip of black paper across the lid of the box, draw small lines down the center of the strip to make it look like a road, and then glue a car toy to the “road”. Boys will love this!

Woodland Critters

Kids don’t even have to open these presents to start playing with them.
Kids don’t even have to open these presents to start playing with them. | Source

When a gift comes covered in a cute animal wrap like one of those found at La Aventura de los Buhos, kids will probably not tear out that wrapping paper as fast as they normally do. Making the critters gift wraps involves just some craft punches and a ribbon for additional embellishment.

Coloring Book Pages

Cover your kid’s present with coloring book pages to make it even more fun.
Cover your kid’s present with coloring book pages to make it even more fun. | Source

Another clever idea for kids is to wrap their gifts in coloring book pages, so they can have some additional fun before opening them. You can get a cheap coloring book from the dollar store for this project or just print out some pages from the internet. In case you are wrapping gifts for their cousins or friends, you can ask your kids to color the gift wraps beforehand in order to customize them.

Gift Wrapping Ideas for Father’s Day

Raid Your Photo Stash

Custom photo paper is a clever way to dress up that gift for dad or grandpa this Father's Day.
Custom photo paper is a clever way to dress up that gift for dad or grandpa this Father's Day. | Source

What more can make a dad happy on Father’s Day than a gift that has been specially created just for him? This means that you need to put some thought into the wrapping process, too. For a very personal touch, use large photo prints as wrapping paper. You can print vacation family photos, pictures of your favorite places, childhood photos or images of significant memories and events. Annie from Most Lovely Things has figured out that “engineering prints” from Staples make the best and the cheapest photo paper for wrapping gifts. Plus, the black and white pictures look fantastic in combination with bright, colorful ribbons.

Make It Masculine

Handmade Father’s Day shirt-style gift wrap.
Handmade Father’s Day shirt-style gift wrap. | Source

You can also give this original shirt-style gift wrap a try (watch the video for the how-to). Customize your dad’s or husband’s Father’s Day present with wrapping paper that resembles his favorite shirt’s pattern. It can be a bit challenging to find masculine-looking paper in stores, but cool plaid, check, Gingham and argyle patterns are available online.

Ribbon Neckties

Put a ribbon necktie on it.
Put a ribbon necktie on it. | Source

If you feel like your gift-wrapping skills are a hot mess, you may like this necktie Father’s Day wrap. All it takes to create the look is find a striped ribbon in classic shades of blue, red and green and wrap it around the package like a necktie. That’s it!

Wrap It in Denim

Father’s Day gift wrapped in denim paper with leather twine.
Father’s Day gift wrapped in denim paper with leather twine. | Source

The last idea for making a Father’s Day gift package stands out from the crowd comes from Tikkido and it uses a denim-like paper. The cool jean pocket is made from the same paper and its purpose is to hold a gift tag or a small handmade card.

Gift Wrapping Ideas for Mother's Day

Flowering Gift Boxes

Paper flowers are an inexpensive and whimsical way to brighten up a Mother’s Day gift.
Paper flowers are an inexpensive and whimsical way to brighten up a Mother’s Day gift. | Source

Flowers and Mother's Day go hand-in-hand, but if your budget is a little strained, you may want to save on the real flowers. As a substitute, simply embellish her gift with few handmade paper calla lilies. The tutorial for this beautiful and colorful gift wrap can be found at Oh Happy Day.

Unreal Flower Toppers

DIY tissue paper flower toppers for Mother’s Day gifts.
DIY tissue paper flower toppers for Mother’s Day gifts. | Source

Tissue paper flowers are another great option for dressing up a Mother’s Day gift. Tissue paper is cheap, very easy to work with and creates pretty realistic-looking blooms. These kind of toppers are guaranteed to make a big impression. The step-by-step tutorial at One Little Project at a Time shows you how it is done.

Post-It Flowers

Sometimes gift wrapping is all about frugality and creativity.
Sometimes gift wrapping is all about frugality and creativity. | Source

Continuing the floral theme – here is a simple Mother’s Day gift wrap from Vixy Blu. It is fresh, bright and colorful, and all it takes to create it is a sharpie, Post-It notes and a brown paper bag. This one could come in handy for those last-minute presents that need wrapping in a hurry.

Gift Wrapping Ideas for Birthdays

Pleaded Elegance

Create a professional-looking gift box by simply adding couple of pleats to it.
Create a professional-looking gift box by simply adding couple of pleats to it. | Source

The simplest way to give a gift box a luxurious touch is by pleating the wrapping paper. For a step-by-step guide, visit Cut Out and Keep.

The Emoji Bunch

Add a pop of color to a party with these DIY Emoji gift wraps.
Add a pop of color to a party with these DIY Emoji gift wraps. | Source

Right now, Emoji are one of the most popular ways to express emotions without words. People use them constantly in text messages and social media posts, so why not use them for gift wrapping, too? These bright and fun Emoji packages from Studio DIY would be perfect for teens, kids and even some adults.

Ideas for Wrapping Bottles as Gifts

Push the Limits of Paper

A simple sheet of white paper takes shape and becomes a fancy bottle wrap.
A simple sheet of white paper takes shape and becomes a fancy bottle wrap. | Source

While a bottle of wine is an easy gift to give, it is often difficult to wrap, especially if you want something unique and interesting. Instead of having the liquor store attendants throw it in an unexciting gift bag, or instead of wrapping it in an old sweater sleeve, try this cool idea from Kate's Creative Space. The eye-catching embellishment is just a sheet of white paper.

Pineapple with a Twist

Bottle of champagne covered with Ferrero Rocher candy makes an awesome hostess gift.
Bottle of champagne covered with Ferrero Rocher candy makes an awesome hostess gift. | Source

A box of chocolates and a bottle of sparkling wine is a common gift given at many occasions. So, why not combine both and turn them into an impressive-looking gift? The fun pineapple look is achieved by gluing the chocolates to the bottle and disguising the bottle’s neck with paper leaves. Check out DIY Enthusiasts to see how it’s done.

Ideas for Wrapping Sweet Treats

Retro Oven Box

This oven-like gift box can easily turn any batch of cookies into a thoughtful gift.
This oven-like gift box can easily turn any batch of cookies into a thoughtful gift. | Source

A batch of fresh-baked cookies is always a welcome gift, especially when it comes from an enthusiastic baker. What could make this gift even better is some unique packaging. So, for your next holiday get-together, slide a batch of cookies into a plain brown box and decorate it to look like an old-fashioned stove. It is almost impossible to look at it and not crave the treats inside.

Sewn Paper Bags

Sewn paper pouches make fantastic treat bags.
Sewn paper pouches make fantastic treat bags. | Source

Even plain brown bag or craft paper can be transformed into a fun package for treats. These sewn candy pouches from Peppermint Plum are made exactly from that. You can customize them by decorating them with stickers, ribbon or personalized gift tags.

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Comments 21 comments

nikashi_designs 5 years ago

This is really a well thought out and attractive Hub. Just spent a long while going through your article and all the links, pretty amazing websites. Have always loved gift wrapping and usually spend more on the packaging then the gifts. My main website logo is also a giftbox. Take care and thanks


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Mistyvermin969 5 years ago from Los Angeles

haha Great hub. Honestly I did not read the whole thing but from what I did read I enjoyed. I liked the video and am now following you. Please continue to make hubs, keep up the great work!

-misty


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iZeko 5 years ago Author

Hi Nikashi Designs! I really appreciate you taking the time to read this hub and go through all the links. I just saw the gift box logo on your website - you really like gift wrapping! ;-))


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iZeko 5 years ago Author

Appreciate your honesty, Misty ;-))) By the way, what video did you like?! There is no video in this hub ;-))

Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a note!


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Dumbledore 5 years ago from Somewhere in Ohio

Very creative and artistic.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi iZeko, I love all these ideas, I always get very excited about a nicely wrapped parcel, all these parcels look so inviting!

thank you fo sharing and voting up.


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iZeko 5 years ago Author

Thank you, Dumbledore!


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iZeko 5 years ago Author

Hi MM! It's funny how a nicely wrapped gift makes all the difference! Thanks for checking out my hub and voting!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Such fun and pretty ideas--I would like to link this hub to my gift bag/tote hub if you have no objection. Thanks!


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iZeko 5 years ago Author

Thanks, RTalloni! No objections, of course. You can link it to your hub. I’m actually going to do the same.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

I especially liked your suggestions of using brown paper bags and making unique gift wrap out of them by adding a few enhancements! The velvet covered jewelry box is beautiful, too. Gift wrap can be expensive, and it's always nice to present something simple and beautiful that you've made yourself.


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iZeko 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Stephanie! It’s not only cheaper and unique, but also nice to recycle something that you already have on hand, like paper bags.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

amazing hub and pretty gift wrapping designs!! The moment i saw the reindeer i knew i am going to try out a DIY gift bag like that!! thanks for the hub:))


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iZeko 5 years ago Author

Thanks for the comments, Carrie! The reindeer bag is fun and it would work on a grocery-size bag, too ;-).


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

oh yes that's what i thought of!! i just need to cut out the horns and the eyes, nose and ears!! ill do something to allow it to be opened and closed with ease.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring and creative as well. I got a lot of ideas from this hub. All the gift wrapping idea so beautiful. Thanks for share with us. Vote up and have a nice weekend!

Prasetio


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iZeko 5 years ago Author

Hi, Pras! I’m glad it was useful to you. Thanks a lot for voting and commenting! Take care!


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Eloise Hope 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon, USA

Great ideas! You have a great eye for the unusual. I also like the emphasis on reusable gift wrappings, or wrappings that can be used for other purposes (I'm thinking of furoshiki, or wrapping cloths); very similar to gift bags, except that they are washable.


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for putting this group of fabulous wrappings together for us. They are delightful ideas and these links will be helpful to refer to. The chocolate wrappers are delightful for those times when you need something small, but special.


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sparkleyfinger 11 months ago from Glasgow

There are some really great ideas for gift wrapping here!!! Definitely will be keeping this for future use! :)


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Carol Morris 5 months ago

Lovely, creative ideas. Thanks for the useful and interesting hub.

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