Wrapping paper and bows are available everywhere now, but pretty soon all the packages start to look the same. So, how do you make your packages stand out? Try some of the unique gift wrapping ideas below – some are whimsical and remind you of your childhood; others are elegant and are sure to make the recipient ooh and ah over just the wrapping.
8 Unique Gift Wrapping Ideas
Recycle the comics – Take the comics section from your Sunday paper for a quick and colorful gift wrap. Once the package is unwrapped, the whole family can read the funnies as well for the start of a fun tradition. This “old is new again” wrapping will remind Mom and Dad of similar presents they might have gotten as children.
Print your own – Use your printer and word processing program to create several pages of words in fancy script. Find images of nature or animals and print pages with those items for a personalized gift. Wrap each person’s gifts in their own unique paper to make sorting easy.
Sheet music – Print or find old sheet music to wrap your gifts. Choose a song that means something to the both of you or pick a holiday favorite. Again, you could create a new tradition of singing the songs or carols once the packages has been unwrapped.
Maps – Like the comics and sheet music, old maps can be used as reminders of pleasant memories shared in that location. Or better yet – use maps of a place you would like to explore together in the future.
Parchment paper – Sometimes simple is really the best. Plain brown parchment paper tied with raffia or string and accented with a small pine branch and red berries is fancy without really being over the top.
Pull items from nature – Flowers, shells, and even containers of sand or soil can be tied to a package with ribbon or string. Look for colorful items in your home – ticket stubs, paint chip samples, paper flowers made from paper or knitted or crocheted; all of these items can be used for tags that pop.
Plain White Paper (and a fancy bow) – Plain backdrops often make what’s showcased in front of them seem even better. Plain white butcher paper gives you a great way to show off your bow or gift tag. Search YouTube for tutorials on how to make a fabulous bow (there are hundreds of ideas!) Or decorate your plain white package with washi tape or scrapbook stamps or stickers.
An Old Chocolate box – Use an empty chocolate box and wrappers as a cute and clever way to give coins or other currency as a gift. Until its open, the recipient won’t know what their real gift is. Wrap a smaller gift inside a larger box for a fun trick too!
However you choose to wrap your gifts, remember that it’s the thought that you had when picking out the gift that counts. Use the wrapping to start a new tradition or enhance the memory. If you have really little ones, the paper is probably a goner anyway!