Presentation is everything.
First stop: shopping. Next stop: wrapping everything up. Need help wrangling your supplies? Get a dozen whip-smart tips on keeping your gift wrap, ribbons, and bows perfectly organized.
Festive kumquats, holly sprigs, and other seasonal decor attached with floral wire add a burst of color to plain brown parcel paper.
Ice classic gingerbread cookies and then pipe on your recipient's name or a seasonal message for twice the treat.
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Use a and scissors to snip out friendly faces from . The little penguin flippers could warm up even the coldest Grinch heart!
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Whether you make them out of tissue paper or crepe paper, these DIY blooms will never fade.
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The traditional Japanese way of wrapping gifts or personal belongings in cloth not only looks beautiful, but it's more environmentally friendly as well.
The straw star is so much easier than it looks. Keep watching to see six more fun ideas in action.
Let Mother Nature serve as your inspiration. , , and thistles upgrade neutral gold and silver paper, or you can slip in sprigs of old standbys pine and mistletoe.
Wrap Christmas cookies and gift cards in festive envelopes made of sturdy card stock. Just download our PDF and use the template on before sealing with a .
While wintertime is usually full of plaids, this classic pattern looks right at home under the tree when paired with red ribbon.
Kick it up a notch from the elementary school version by making the flurries 3D. The key is creating an accordion fold, then trimming and snipping away.
Here's an excuse to polish off the Pringles. A batch of homemade cookies fits perfectly in the wiped-clean container.
Think of it as a blank canvas for even more Christmas decorations. Mini wreaths, paper trees and ribbon scraps add enough oomph to warrant a bookshelf display.
A fluffy topper outdoes a bow any day. Go big with an oversized tuft or, grouped in a trio, little poms can form a holly sprig.
Sometimes it's a bit difficult to disguise a present's telltale shape. Keep it a mystery with these three-dimensional boxes that (bonus!) double as decorations.
Rethink your stockpile of curling ribbon thanks to this simple twist. A flat lattice design can also survive a trip in the mail without getting crushed.
Repurpose a plaid shirt and you'll be giving two gifts in one. Plus, how cute is that brooch "bow"?!
If you can't get your hands on living greenery, a handmade version with watercolor pencils looks just as festive. Pro tip: using a pencil eraser as a stamp.
It's a gift, tag, and topper all in one. Glittery monograms spell out the recipients while adding a little sparkle to their trees.
Snipped in half, form the arms of some festive shapes. All you need is a little .
Nab vintage scores on or for a wrapping paper alternative. Bonus points if you use their favorite Christmas carol.
It seems obvious now but candy canes' crooks look just like the rails on Santa's sleigh. Another stroke of genius? Gluing on .
A wrapped bar of soap or jewelry box is the perfect size for a sweet vignette. Just a tie a atop a doodled car — it's way less legwork than hauling home the real thing.
Secured with a silky ribbon, these paper pouches cover up coffee table books and cookbooks, but a custom envelope can dress up gift cards too.
might be a blast from the past, but trust us, you can make tons of cute stuff with them. Case in point: These festive Christmas baubles.
Skip the paper and add a tiny wreath directly to the box instead. Soaked briefly in water, rosemary sprigs bend into a tiny frame.
Good news: These paper bulbs will never burn out. Wrap 'em around plain or patterned paper for a dose of cuteness.
Stamp your kids' gifts with their first initial (all you need are , , and blank rolls of paper). That way, come Christmas morning, they'll know exactly which presents to unwrap.
Rather than slapping on a lonely store-bought sticker, up the impact by covering the entire top of a gift box in . No one will be the wiser that you finished wrapping it in the car!
Accent packages with colorful holiday lights. Hot-glue six bulbs together to form a star shape, then fasten the bauble to a length of ribbon with double-stick tape.
Make a gift card more personal by tailoring the wrap to the item. Here, a home-store certificate nestles in a prettied-up . For a manicure, use a cosmetics bag; for the movies, try a popcorn box.