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.
Let Mother Nature serve as your inspiration. , and thistles upgrade plain paper, or you can slip in sprigs of old standbys pine, mistletoe and holly.
What you'll need: moss ($8, ), wheat bundle ($20, )
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 .
What you'll need: gold paper ($15, ), stickers ($10 for 1000, )
The straw star is so much easier than it looks. Keep watching to see six more fun ideas in action.
While wintertime is usually full of plaids, this classic pattern looks right at home under the tree when paired with red ribbon.
What you'll need: polka dot wrapping paper ($11, )
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.
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What you'll need: ribbon ($9, [link href="https://www.amazon.com/Paper-Mart-BCACS13272-Natural-Burlap/dp/B00CLEZAU8" target="_blank" 0="data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link"" link_updater_label="external"]amazon.com), mini ornaments ($8 for 60, )
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.
What you'll need: kraft paper roll ($21, )
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.
What you'll need: blue tulle ($5, )
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.
What you'll need: black posterboard ($16, )
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.
What you'll need: curling ribbon ($9, )
Repurpose a plaid shirt and you'll be giving two gifts in one. Plus, how cute is that brooch "bow"?!
What you'll need: gingham shirt ($20, )
If you can't get your hands on living greenery, a handmade version looks just as festive. Pro tip: using a pencil eraser as a stamp.
What you'll need: watercolor pencils ($20, )
It's a gift, tag and topper all in one. Glittery monograms spell out the recipients while adding a little sparkle to their trees.
What you'll need: letter ornament ($4, )
Snipped in half, form the arms of some festive shapes. All you need is a little .
What you'll need: straws ($9 for 100, ), twine ($6, )
Nab vintage scores on or for a wrapping paper alternative. Bonus points if you use their favorite Christmas carol.
What you'll need: holiday sheet music ($3 for 5 pages, )
It seems obvious now but candy canes' crooks look just like the rails on Santa's sleigh. Another stroke of genius? Gluing on .
What you'll need: candy canes ($10 for 12, ), ornaments ($11 for 40, )
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.
What you'll need: bottle brush trees ($8 for 6, )
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.
What you'll need: white poster board ($17 for 25, )
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.
What you'll need: perler beads ($10, )
Skip the paper and add a tiny wreath directly to the box instead. Soaked briefly in water, rosemary sprigs bend into a tiny frame.
What you'll need: twine ($6, )
Good news: These paper bulbs will never burn out. Wrap 'em around plain or patterned paper for a dose of cuteness.
What you'll need: Cricut Explore Air ($183, )
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.
What you'll need: stamps ($13, ), ink pads ($10, )
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!
What you'll need: gift bows ($10 for 20, )
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.
What you'll need: C9 bulbs ($11 for 25, )
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.
What you'll need: paint can ($11, )
Put the (or glitter!) on the outside of the box. Secured with double-stick tape, the paper dots create "ribbons" of vibrant color.
What you'll need: confetti ($12, )
A whole bunch of pom-poms , but a solo puff ball adds some whimsy to smaller presents. Mix together two colors for more pow.
What you'll need: yarn ($10, [link href="https://www.amazon.com/TYH-Supplies-Assorted-Knitting-Assortment/dp/B00XLP2UGI/" target="_blank" 0="data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link"" link_updater_label="external"]amazon.com)
Origami fans, meet kirigami. It's a variation on paper folding that includes a little cutting. Use it to fashion these recycled bows out of , newspaper or even a page of your fave magazine.
What you'll need: origami paper ($4, [link href="https://www.amazon.com/Origami-Paper-Chiyogami-High-Quality-Instructions/dp/0804847169" target="_blank" 0="data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link"" link_updater_label="external"]amazon.com)
Coordinate your gifts with the tree by tying on miniature baubles in the same color scheme. Double up with a soft velvet ribbon in a similar hue.
What you'll need: ornaments ($10, )
Plain white paper is the perfect backdrop for something sweet. Top packages with drug store candy, tree cuttings and ribbon for an elegant (and wallet-friendly) look.
What you'll need: candy canes ($10 for 12, )