Gift Wrapping ideas for Christmas
So you've picked the perfect gift, and now it’s time to get it all wrapped up.
You could go simple with some cute paper and a bow, but if you’re looking for some creative gift wrapping ideas that are a little more chic and original, I’ve got you covered with the 8 different brown paper giftwrap ideas I’m sharing today.
I just love brown paper packages — they have a classic look about them, plus the brown paper is like a blank slate for creativity and can be done up in so many ways.
Wrapping the perfect gift doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming. Check out these DIY wrapping ideas + some of my best gift wrapping tips and don’t forget to pin this post for later!
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a sprig of greenery
I tried a couple different kinds of string — a white & gold version and a black & cream striped string from Sugarpaper.
My favorite was by far the black & cream stripes, but you could also opt for plain white or a pop of color with embroidery thread or yarn.
wrap it :
ABOVE — Wrap your package in brown paper and tie it up with string. Tuck a sprig of fresh or faux greenery behind the bow or the X of the string and voilà — a perfectly chic gift in seconds.
texture with folded paper
Fold your paper in an eye-catching way to add texture and interest to your presents.
You can create folds in the paper before you wrap it around your present, or you fold sharp lines into your paper as you wrap up the sides.
wrap it :
RIGHT — Fold your paper back and forth like a fan, secure with tape on the back, then wrap your present as usual
LEFT — Cut your paper so its longer on the sides, wrap as usual but hole-punch the triangle flap after you fold it up. Tie ribbon between both flaps.
painted chalkboard gift tags
For gift tags that are almost as easy as stickers but way more chic, use chalkboard paint to create a tag right on the present.
These tags have a little bit of a farmhouse vibe and are an easy DIY with a carefully handmade vibe that’s sure to be unique.
ABOVE — Paint a rectangle of chalkboard paint onto your gift after its wrapped. Wait until the paint is dry then address it to your recipient with chalk — or a chalk/paint pen if you need it to be safe from wiping off.
ornaments in lieu of a bow
Swap your bow for ornaments — not only do they add a little more personality, the ornament can also be a bonus gift. You could snag a pack of mini ornaments to adorn your gifts or hand-select a gorgeous ornament for each of your gifts.
Larger ornaments with openings are perfect for tying on with thick ribbon — snowflakes are the best for this (like this one in rose gold or silver) since they usually have symmetrical openings to weave ribbon through.
LEFT — Tie two coordinating mini ornaments to your gift where the string intersects.
RIGHT —Choose a larger ornament and weave thick ribbon through it and then around your gift
painted patterns or bows
If you struggle to tie the perfect bow, just paint it on. Painted bows are unique with a handcrafted vibe and will stay exactly where you put them. I used the same black paint as my chalk painted tags, but you can customize your bow with fun or festive paint colors.
I went with a simple line for my bow and painted it all the way around my gift, but you could paint something a little more fancy or dramatic.
You can also use paint to create your own pattern or print for your wrapping paper. For my Christmas tree print, I used a cookie cutter dipped in my black paint to stamp the trees onto my brown paper. I painted a big sheet of paper, let it dry, and was able to wrap multiple gifts with it.
For a little more personality, you can freehand your pattern or design, but a cookie cutter is a fast and easy way to create your own original design.
LEFT — Paint on a bow using your favorite color or keep it simple with black paint
RIGHT — Use a cookie cutter dipped in paint to stamp a festive print and DIY your own holiday wrapping paper. Let dry fully before wrapping.
peppy pom poms
With pom poms and a hot glue gun, you can add texture and a playful vibe to your brown paper present. I went with white mini pom poms for a white winter wonderland vibe, but you can totally opt for colored ones if you want a brighter look.
If you don’t want to spend time gluing on pom poms, you can use pom pom ribbon for a similar vibe that takes less time. You can also use a pencil eraser dipped in white ink or paint to create a polka dot pattern without the poms.
For the ribbon, I twisted it before I tied it on for an added whimsical feel. If you’re using pom pom ribbon / garland, you can twist this as well so that your pom poms alternate sides.
ABOVE — Wrap your package and add ribbon (optional). Apply a dot of hot glue to a pom pom, stick it onto your wrapped gift. Glue them down in a pattern or attach them little more randomly.
Jingle bells are a holiday classic and similar to ornaments, they make a great gift topper in lieu of a bow. I chose two bells that were the same size and tied them on top of my hand-stamped wrapping paper.
You could also do just one large bell or pick one large bell and one small. This pack of bells has a variety of sizes. This present looks chic, but its also fun for little ones to shake and ring the bells. You can also snag them in silver if you like that look better.
ABOVE — Wrap your package and tie it up with string. Tie a couple jingle bells to the cross in the string — choose two that are the same size or one smaller and one larger.
Stamps are an even easier way to add pattern and personality to your gifts. Choose a festive holiday stamp or go with a simple letter or pattern (like my lace one).
Stamping is a little less messy than paint and still has a variety of shape & color options. I love the look of white ink on the brown paper, but you could go more colorful with red or green.
If you have an alphabet stamp set, you could also stamp names or initials right onto the gift itself. Add your choice of string or ribbon and a bow.
ABOVE — Wrap your package and add ribbon (optional). Use stamps to create an accent or pattern — I love the look of white ink on brown paper.
MUST-KNOW gift wrapping TIPS
01 perfect edges
Double-sided tape is the unsung hero of perfect presents. Secure your edges by sticking them down with double-sided tape under the edge instead of sticking tape over the top.
This keeps your tape invisible and gives you crisp and clean edges that look perfect and polished.
02 all tied up
To get that perfect criss-cross of your string, lay your string out vertically and place your present on top of it with the string in the middle of your gift.
Bring the two ends around to the back, loop them around each other with the bottom string going to the right once wrapped and the top string going to the left.
Flip the present over and pull the string together to tie it into a bow on the top of your gift.