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Gift Wrap

Updated on July 19, 2012
Gift Wrap
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When you think of birthdays, holidays, showers, or other occasions where gifts are in order, what do you first picture? The pretty packages, of course! Part of the charm of special occasions is the gifts that they bring, and the lovely display that they create.

There are a variety of ways to adorn presents, starting with a classic: gift wrap!

Wrapping Paper: wrapping papers can be purchased at most chain stores, pharmacies and specialty shops. Even grocery stores often carry an assortment of wrapping paper. They come in rolls or sheets. Some are less expensive, which may mean a lighter weight paper. Others are quite extravagant with foils, sparkles or a velvety design.

Gift Bags: Today's busy schedules may not allow for the traditionally wrapped and ribboned presents but it is possible to make your gifts look lovely, just the same! Gift bags are a relatively new idea, as gift giving goes. They are now, in fact, so popular that you may not find a "wrapped present" in the sea of gifts at any given party. Everything is in gift bags!

Again, sizes, designs and prices are endless. My favorites have cutouts attached to them. For instance, baby shower bags may have a little rubber ducky or an ornate umbrella depicted on them in kind of a 3-D fashion.

Creative Gift Wrapping

And who says you have to buy the traditional wrappings to do things right?

  • Newspaper: How about using newspaper or colorful magazines? Just lay them out, as you would regular sheets of wrapping paper, and cover your gift just the same! Red, black or silver ribbon looks very nice on standard newsprint. Some people even take the time to create the bow from the newspaper, too!
  • Towels: buy a nice baby towel for a baby shower or kitchen towel for a bridal shower and use it as the wrapper! The recipient gets the contents and the wrapping. Two gifts in one!
  • T-shirts: get your teen a really cool t-shirt to wear and wrap another gift inside. Use a nice ribbon and -- ta da -- you've got another two-in-one special!
  • Glass jars: food gifts, such as nuts or candies, can be layered in a decorative glass jar or vase and decked with a ribbon and gift tag. Voila! A present in a jar. It looks just beautiful and every part is useful to its new owner.
  • DIY Wrapping Paper: make a craft project out of it and create your own wrapping paper. Coloring pages are a great project for your little ones. Or, how about stamping or other homemade artwork? The sky's the limit for creative ideas!

The Art of Gift Wrapping: 50 Innovative Ideas Using Organic, Unique, and Uncommon Materials
The Art of Gift Wrapping: 50 Innovative Ideas Using Organic, Unique, and Uncommon Materials

From organic and eco-friendly wraps to lush and romantic presentations, the more than 50 projects and ideas contained in The Art of Gift Wrapping will remind you that it is as much fun to wrap as it is to receive.


Wrapping Paper Storage

When you do buy wrapping paper, you'll want a good way to store it. No use in buying it if it gets damaged before you can put it to use. To keep it fresh, and prevent the inevitable clutter that it can become, try a gift wrap organizer.

There are several styles to choose from:

Vertical Wrapping Paper Organizers. These are typically plastic containers designed for wrapping paper on rolls. The best kind includes a lid, however a clean trash bin can serve for storage as well.

Hanging Organizers: no need for shelf or floor space. Hang this organizer inside a closet door or on your sewing room wall!

Gift Wrap Boxes. Similar to "under the bed storage units", these are designed with the size and shape of rolls of gift wrap in mind. Made of clear plastic and fashioned with a lid, you can even stack them if gift wrap is overtaking you!

Gift Wrap Centers. These storage containers are made for more than gift wrap. You can include the tools of the trade, as well. Scissors, ribbons, scotch tape and gift tags all can be stored inside this nifty bin.

Great Gift Decorating Ideas

Some of the most creative and talented people have taken the time to do amazing things with wrapping gifts. Here are a few of the most impressive shared this season!

Martha Stewart: Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Homemade Simple: Make Homemade Gift Wrap

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Printables--Adorn Your Gifts Beautifully For Free

About the Author...

Sinea Pies is a freelance writer for a popular parenting magazine and professional blogger on Ducks 'n a Row. Click for more: Sinea's profile

Photo of the gift-box used to create the divider is by Salvatore Vuono on Freedigitalphotos.


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  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    You're right, janices7. It's two gifts in one! Thanks for the very nice comment. :)

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    Janice S 

    6 years ago

    Awesome hub! I love using gift wrap that they can use again - whether it be a gift bag or a towel, you can really make it very elegant.

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Re-using gift boxes and bags is a great way to save money. Thanks for stopping by, A.CreativeThinker! ...Sinea

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    6 years ago

    These are some great suggestions and ideas. We like to re-use the same gift boxes and bags every year, it saves us buying new. Thanks for sharing and take care. :)



  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Now that is a nice touch, SweetiePie! Great idea.

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    6 years ago from Southern California, USA

    I like making my own wrapping paper out of fancy scrapbooking paper. That is expensive, but it worked well for a couple of items.

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks always exploring and randomcreative for stopping by. Gift bags are a great alternative to the traditional way. Whatever the process, they'll look beautiful.

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    Rose Clearfield 

    6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Lots of great suggestions! I am still finding a way to store all of our wrapping supplies. I unearthed a huge number of gift bags when we moved this summer so I'm planning to the vast majority of my wrapping for Christmas with those. I have never been great at wrapping presents anyway.. :)

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    6 years ago from Southern Illinois

    Some great ideas. Thank you..

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Tissue paper works, Caseworker1. You must have a gentle touch. I think I'd rip it in the process! :)

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Hi Romari. I learned the newspaper technique years ago when my brother used it. In fact, it became his trademark. When we looked at the presents under the Christmas tree we knew that the newspaper wrapping paper meant the gift was from him!

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks for stopping by, IMKD.

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Right Lord de cross! It will save for a long time. If you have one of these storage bins, buying in bulk to save money makes sense because you can keep in nice.

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    6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

    I used tissue paper for my daughters birthday as I could not find a paper that I liked.

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    Rose Maria Rica D. Fuentes 

    6 years ago from Heaven

    thanks for your hub!now i know these newspapers can be a wrapper too..

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    6 years ago

    greatly managed. such a creative ideas i must say.

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    Joseph De Cross 

    6 years ago from New York

    Everything so perfect!! wish you can send samples through the feed and RSS. Can you imagine some hubber friends pulling from the sampling and..going town? love the vertical storage idea. And some paper can be bought later, after the season, and be kept until next christmas..right Sinea?



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