5 Unique and Easy Gift Wrapping Ideas for the Holiday Season

Does gift wrapping seem like a chore or just too overwhelming? I’ve got 5 unique and easy gift-wrapping ideas to help you step up your game this holiday season.

Do you feel overwhelmed when it comes to wrapping Christmas gifts?

It can be a lot of work, especially if you wait until the last minute and have to wrap your holiday presents all at once.

When I was a young mom, it was all about getting the presents wrapped by Christmas morning. I didn’t care what the wrapping job looked like. Most of the gifts I wrapped didn’t even have a ribbon or a bow on them.

wrapped Christmas gifts

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wrapped Christmas gifts under the tree

Many Christmas Eves are just a blur. The only thing I remember is wrapping Christmas presents until the wee hours of Christmas morning, being completely exhausted, and knowing that very soon, all that hard work would literally be ripped to shreds.

This is where the whole “older and wiser” thing comes into play 30 years later.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that I could have made things a lot easier on myself and much more enjoyable if only I had PREPARED AHEAD OF TIME.

with greenery, pinecones and dried oranges

Easy Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

I’ll show you some simple ideas that make gift wrapping easy and inexpensive, resulting in a beautifully wrapped gift.

The entire gift-wrapping process can be pretty enjoyable if you do it right. By carving out some time specifically for wrapping presents, you won’t keep falling into the same pattern of procrastinating until the last minute.

Let me show you how to make life simpler during a busy and hectic Christmas season.

assortment of ribbon

Gather Your Gift Wrapping Supplies Before You Need Them

There’s nothing worse than going to get the tape to wrap a present and realizing that there isn’t any to be found.

Or better yet, you reach for the ribbon and realize that there are only about 3 inches left on the roll.

Can you relate?

Christmas ornaments

Shop the After-Christmas Sales

A perfect time to shop for Christmas gift wrap supplies is after Christmas.

I’ve learned to take an inventory of all the gift-wrapping supplies I’ve run out of or just want to order so I can try something different next holiday season.

You’ll not only be ahead of the holiday game next year but you will feel so good knowing that you saved money along the way.

Start Planning and Shopping for Christmas Supplies in July

I wrote a blog post about planning Christmas in July. Some readers laughed and said they couldn’t even think about the holidays during the hot summer months.

But by starting the planning process and stocking up on gift wrap supplies months before Christmas, you will be organized and less stressed.

assortment of wrapping paper

What Should I Put on My Gift-Wrapping Supply List

Scissors and Scotch tape are obvious to you I’m sure. But I’m going to mention them anyway.

I didn’t necessarily use all of these items this year but I have in the past.

dog under the tree with the wrapped Christmas gifts
Assortment of Christmas gift wrapping supplies

Set up A Gift Wrap Station

Create a workspace that is dedicated to gift wrapping.

It’s important to have an area where you can organize and store all of your supplies so you’ll always know where everything is.

wrapped Christmas gifts

Set the Mood For a Festive Christmas Gift Wrapping Event

Set the mood. Make this a fun event! Wrapping gifts does not have to be a chore.

  • Pick a location where you can spread out and have lots of space to create.
  • Use this time as a quiet getaway to be creative.
  • Make yourself a cup of hot cocoa or your favorite winter beverage.
  • Put on your favorite Christmas music or movie.
  • Light a Christmas candle.
  • Give yourself the gift of time. Schedule time on your calendar so you won’t be interrupted or get double booked.
wrapped Christmas gift

Keep It Simple

DISCLOSURE: I’m not big on traditional gift wrap or using fancy paper these days. But that’s only because we’re empty nesters with little family so when I wrap a gift I want to make it my own, unique from everything else you can buy in a store. It’s all about personal preference.

Basic Wrapping Paper

Using neutral brown kraft paper or butcher paper as a blank canvas has endless creative possibilities. There are so many creative ways to use spices, dried oranges, ornaments, and outdoor elements. Really, there are just too many ideas to even mention.

If you’re tasked with wrapping an oddly shaped gift, try decorating a brown paper bag with stencils or using a silver paint pen.

Black Wrapping Paper

I’m looking forward to trying some black wrapping paper this year and using chalkboard paint or markers to create a holiday design.

wrapped Christmas gifts

Natural Elements Such as Pinecones, Berries, and Greenery

Some of my favorite gift-wrapping ideas for the holidays include gathering natural elements from the outdoors such as pinecones, berries, and greenery from the winter garden.

These natural elements are not only beautiful for your wrapped gifts but they’re also FREE! You can even clip off a sprig from your fresh Christmas tree or wreath.

Greenery options can include rosemary, boxwood, evergreens, magnolia leaves, and more.

dried oranges and greenery

Dried Oranges, Cinnamon Sticks, and Herbs

Put your own gift wrap spin on your gifts with dried oranges, which seem to go perfectly with everything related to Christmas decor and crafts. They make a wrapped gift come alive instantly.

If you haven’t tried drying orange slices before, be sure to read my blog post.

wrapped Christmas gift with cinnamon sticks, dried oranges and greenery

Cinnamon sticks are another great item to add to a wrapped gift for more interest. Herbs such as rosemary, not only look pretty but smell amazing.

wrapped Christmas gift

Looking for More Gift Topper Ideas?

How about adding small buttons with a glue gun? Colorful ribbons will give your holiday presents a perfect pop of color. Jingle bells are another jolly topper option.

Think of how extra special your wrapped gift will look just by giving it your personal touch.

wrapped Christmas gift with black plaid ribbon and natural elements

Plan a Gift Wrapping Christmas Party Event With Friends

I’ve gone to a couple of gift-wrapping parties with friends in the past. It can be such a fun way to wrap your gifts and the best part is it can be quite inspiring!

Make a few snacks and beverages and invite your friends to wrap gifts. Have them bring their supplies to share with the group. This is a great way for everyone to try something different for the season.

It’s important to make sure you have enough working space. I have put up 6-foot tables in the past which really helped.

wrapped Christmas gifts

These simple ideas are sure to make gift wrapping fun and easy this holiday season. I hope this has inspired you to try some new things that will help you.

If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may find these gift-wrapping tips useful.

Until next time,

Happy Wrapping!

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dog under the Christmas tree with wrapped gifts

More Gift Wrapping Inspiration

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Regina of Saved From Salvage | Susan of Hen and Horse Design

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  1. I love this post Kim. The idea for the wrapping party sounds so fun, definitely putting that on the list. I am so organised in most areas of my life but I have to admit I don’t give much thought to the wrapping until the last minute. You have inspired me to change this next year. July it will begin!!!!

  2. So much amazing creativity, Kim! I love all of the details that you add to each package. Every photo is package eye candy! I am definitely going to try some of these ideas. I am so glad to meet you through this gift wrap project and look forward following you and getting to know you better. Thank you for your amazing inspiration!

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Missy. I am so happy to have met you through the gift wrapping blog hop as well. You have so many great ideas!

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