I always plan on wrapping my Christmas gifts so beautifully. Plan is the operative word. I don’t always have sufficient inspiration or motivation when it comes right down to it, so I thought it might be good to search out some beautifully simple ideas. But they had to meet my criteria: easy and cheap. Using a unified color palette is the best way to go. Buy wrapping paper in two or three coordinating colors and/or patterns. Try to match your colors to your decor in the room where you put your Christmas tree.
I love these examples of recycling all sorts of items you might already have on hand: children’s artwork, calendar pages, newspaper, school papers, yarn, pipe cleaners, etc
Color-coding giftwrap according to which child (or spouse) is the receiver makes it easier to sort presents on Christmas morning – plus you don’t have to use gift tags!
This lovely giftwrap was created by photocopying fabric. Fabulous!!!!!
Be creative with yarn and ribbon. Gifts wrapped in solid colors look special when a little attention is paid to weaving interesting patterns.
Gift wrap just the bases and/or tops of boxes containing food gifts. Your gift continues to look attractive even after being opened and closed many times.
Why not use vintage Christmas linens to wrap unusually-shaped items? Then it’s like two gifts in one. You can pick up inexpensive sets of napkins and handkerchiefs at yard sales, estate sales, and flea markets.
Pick up Asian newspapers and orgami papers at an international market to create artfully-wrapped presents.
Gather old Christmas cards and cut them into letter shapes to use as gift tags!
Typewritten gift tags in a pretty font are simply lovely.
Inexpensive paper bags looks elegant with just a little embellishment, like ribbons and fruit/floral add-ons.
A jumble of baby bows covering the top of this box looks so sweet!
Make these interesting bow blossoms by placing a small bow in the middle of a large one, then clipping all the loops.
This idea just might be my favorite! Use varied colors of cupcake papers to create some really special bows!
Download this elegant gift wrap created by Blueprint on 11 x 17 inch paper for best results. Click here.