Simple and Cheap Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

unified color palette gift wrap 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 homemade gift wrap by martha stewart


color-coded wrapping paper 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!!!!! photocopied fabric gift wrap by martha stewart



giftwrap with yarn 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. gift wrapped candy boxes by martha stewart




vintage linens for christmas gift wrap 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. japanese gift wrap



homemade monogram gift tags 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. type written gift tags


paper sack gift bags 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! bunch of bows


blossoming bow for gift wrap 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! cupcake paper bows for wrapping



martha stewart designed by blueprint printout wrapping paper Download this elegant gift wrap created by Blueprint on 11 x 17 inch paper for best results.  Click here.



Happy wrapping!!!


Photo Credits:  Martha Stewart.



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7 thoughts on “Simple and Cheap Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

  1. Paula Van Hoogen says:

    This is right up my alley! And….you gave me another idea–photo copy fabric for letter papers (some of us still send snail mail-and love to get it too!) Using what we have –priceless! Thanks, Kristie.

  2. Cherie says:

    I have always bought wrapping paper that looks pretty in our living room. It just makes sense. And it’s out there, you just have to look for your colors! Great post! I learned some things that I will use next year. All my wrapping is done for this year, and has been for about two or three weeks. I like to wrap early so I can enjoy the presents in all their glory for a while before they get opened. For me, that is part of the fun!

  3. Cindi says:

    This is BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!! I am looking for bows in my desk at work right now, to try the bow blossom thing! What great ideas – thanks girl!

  4. Cynthia says:

    I love all the ideas. I loved beautifully wrapped presents under the tree. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I spend hours wrapping presents. I even wrap Santa contribution to our Christmas in different wrapping paper with a little bit of coal smudged on the paper so that our child will know they came down the chimmney.


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