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Crafty, Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas Worthy of the Present

Updated on July 26, 2017

Wrap On! Crafty, Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas For Any Occasion

If you're looking for creative gift-wrapping ideas, you already know this: when it comes to gift-giving, the outside is oftentimes just as important as the inside. No matter what the occasion . . . a uniquely (or cleverly) wrapped gift makes a statement that you're offering more that just an object . . . you're showing you really care by taking the time to make it extra special.

Pssst . . . creative gift-wrap doesn't have to take a whole lot of time. All you'll need are some basics and you'll be able to transform dozens of plain presents into amazing "PRESENTations."

A Uniquely Wrapped Gift

shows that your are giving of your time and creativity as well.

Gearing Up With Creative Gift Wrap Supplies

Creative Gift Wrapping Starts With the Right Tools & Supplies

There's certainly nothing wrong with using purchased wrapping paper, square boxes and pre-made bows especially if you're in a hurry. However, if you want to go that extra step, you'll need the right tools and supplies. [Note: You won't necessarily need everything on the following list right away . . . you can collect and grow your supplies over time.]


  • You can collect or buy an assortment of papers: gift wrap in a range of colors and finishes (including white and colored tissue paper), construction paper, brown or white craft paper, crepe paper, corrugated paper, Shredded paper in vibrant colors, cellophanes, etc.


  • That's right, you can use fabric for gift wrapping! Great choices are printed cottons, muslin, felts, silk, taffeta, velour, velvet or velveteen and one of my personal favorites . . . tulle (an ultra-fine netting). If there's a seamstress (or seamster) in the house, you will probably already have extra pieces of fabric laying around.


  • Your top cutting utensils will be scissors: straight-edged and decorative-edged along with a pair of small pointy scissors. Also have on-hand, hole punches and a utility knife.

Sticky Stuff

  • Clear cellophane tapes, double-sided tape, painter's tape and regular masking tape; white glue, glue dots and don't forget glitter glue.


  • There is such a wide array of ribbons and ties you can buy. Good choices are: fabric ribbon, curling ribbon, wire-edged ribbon, raffia, twisted paper ribbon, pre-tied bows, yarns, decorative string.

Other Finishers

  • A couple of other decorative items your may want to have on-hand: poster paint, specialty acrylic paint and several size paintbrushes; stickers; confetti; pom-poms; silk or dried flowers, leaves and foliage; flat-backed rhinestones and sequins; stamps and stencils.

Thinking Outside The "Paper" Box

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas . . . In Other Containers

No doubt about it . . . store-bought square or rectangular cardboard gift boxes are certainly an option for housing your gift. But don't get boxed into thinking that's your only choice . . . there are other terrific ways to conceal a present. The best part is that most of these can be re-used or re-purposed.

Decorative Tins

  • Traditionally used for sweet treats, nuts and the like, tins make wonderful gift packaging for other kinds of gifts. You can buy shiny new ones or check out the local antique or thrift store for authentic historic tins.

Hat Boxes

  • Hatboxes are often round or octagonal and are covered in decorative paper (or fabric) and have a corded carrying handle. You can look for them in craft stores, thrift shops or even garage sales. And with little effort, you can turn these into very handsome containers for your gifts.

Wooden Cheese Boxes, Cigar Boxes, Fruit Crates

  • These can range from finished and polished pieces to more rustic versions. Hint: keep it simple and tie with raffia, twine or grosgrain ribbon for a very natural look.

Mailing Tubes

  • You can purchase mailing tubes in varying diameters, then cut to the length you need and decorate to your heart's content. The possibilities are endless as to what you can hide in these . . . from a watch to a piece of clothing (rolled up) to a bottle of vino.

Daring To Become A Color Renegade

Going Against the Color Flow

Don't be afraid to veer away from colors normally associated with a holiday or occasion.

Shake things up a bit by using non-traditional colors and/or patterns. In other words, you don't have to stick with red and green, just because it Christmas. Instead, you can choose fabrics and papers in rich vibrant hues like fuschia, aubergine (eggplant), turquoise, copper, midnight blue or glimmering persimmon.

Who says that a baby shower gift has to be pale pink or blue? Why not bright greens, vivid yellows or shocking blues? Better yet . . . a gray & white patterned paper with a big purple bow can make a simple but stunning presentation.

What About Gift-Inspired Wrappping?

Let the Gift Inspire the Packaging

The approach to gift wrapping is quite often inspired by the theme of the season (e.g., holidays) or the occasion (e.g., birthday, anniversary, graduation).

Why not consider letting the kind of gift (and the interests of the recipient) inspire the packaging so that it becomes a part of the present. Here are a couple of examples:

  • A Book-Lover: You can wrap a special book in a fabric bookcover and incorporate a bookmark or booklight in the bow.
  • A Cook: Try wrapping a cook's gift in dish towels and bind with twine or raffia . . . tying in a set of measuring spoons or cookie cutters. Or, tuck a gift certificate surrounded by colorful paper shred into a beautiful glass canister, tying a ribbon around the top.

Stoke Your Passion For Creative Gift Wrapping - Full-Color Ideas . . . Step-By-Step How-Tos

Presentations: A Passion for Gift Wrapping
Presentations: A Passion for Gift Wrapping

For everyone who loved At Home with Carolyne Roehm, one of America’s premier style-setters now offers her ideas for creating breathtaking gift wrappings using readily available paper, tags, rubber stamps, ribbons, artificial flowers, and other inexpensive materials. Arranged seasonally, and taking inspiration from Roehm’s love of nature, travel and collecting, and fine art, the book focuses on holidays as well as on ways to make children’s gifts look unique and adorable.


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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      Gift wrapping that can be reused is a great idea. I loved the colorful boxes. Blessed.

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      Beautiful ideas- lots of inspiration here!

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      Lots of good ideas here just in time for the holidays. I'm really lousy at wrapping so this will be very helpful. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      An attractive gift wrap doubles the pleasure of a gift. I cannot agree with you more - it enlivens, creates suspense and people look forward to know what is inside.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      I also like the idea of the hat boxes a lot.

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      seashell2 7 years ago

      Great ideas... I like to use hat boxes too, it's kind of like giving an extra useable gift! :-)

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      I need to work on my wrapping skills, for sure. Love the gift-inspired wrapping ideas. It's very cool when people used gift wrapping to express their creativity as well as caring. 5*

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      Indigo Janson 8 years ago from UK

      Beautiful and helpful lens! I agree, fabrics can make gorgeous gift wrap.

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      Alisha Vargas 8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I love creative gift-wrapping. It really does say so much about the person giving the gift and how much they care.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love it! Creative and beautiful!

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      Seeking Pearls 8 years ago from Pueblo West

      Fabulous gift wrapping ideas. I will be back to lensroll this as soon as I complete a few ot the lens I am working on. Thanks.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      Ok, I admit it, I have started taking the easy way out with the little bags and tissue. This lens inspires me to be more creative.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I just so love a beautifully wrapped gift! You have given some very creative ideas here.