Add Panache to Your Presents This Year with Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

A collection of presents embellished with layered doilies.
Photography by John O’Hagan, Styling by Katherine Tucker

Text by Holly Seng

Embrace the holiday spirit and go all out this year with gift wrapping ideas as special as the treasures inside. From enticing embellishments to clever techniques for tags, discover ways to ensure a showstopping presentation.

Merry Motifs

A pile of presents with paper cutouts of Santa glued to plaid wrapping paper.
Photography by Stephanie Welbourne Steele, Styling by Melissa Smith

Mix things up by adding cutouts of your favorite holiday motif to accent any style of wrapping paper—from classic to contemporary. Secured with adhesive spray and accessorized with graceful ribbon bows, the addition of these festive Santa images imparts an Old-World Christmas flair when paired with tartan patterns.

Stamp of Approval

Packages wrapped in Kraft paper and a stamped tag nestled in a twine bow.
Image by Sam Allen Creates

Take a minimalistic approach with kraft paper encircled with twine, adding foraged finds to the neutral scheme for subtle sophistication. Gift tags enhanced with the elegant script of custom stamps by Sam Allen Creates impart a flawless finishing touch.

Holiday Stitching

Miniature embroidered stockings stuffed with greenery and affixed with ribbon to packages.
Photography by John O’Hagan, Styling by Kim Chiselko

Stockings aren’t just for the mantel—especially when it comes to these miniature ones. While the embroidered embellishments are gifts on their own, they serve as a perfect pouch to incorporate winter berries, candy canes, or greenery to gifts.

Jingle Bells

A selection of gift wrap featuring a sleigh scheme, trees, and red-and-white gingham.
Image by Jenny Steffens Hobick

Jenny Steffens Hobick brings Santa’s sleigh to life with the addition of jingle bells secured with velvet ribbon. An ideal accompaniment for everything from Christmas tree patterns to gingham wrapping paper, these melodious accents send forth a joyful ring.

Hello, Doily

Layered doilies used to decorate gift wrapping.
Photography by John O’Hagan, Styling by Katherine Tucker

While often a classic choice for homemade Valentine’s Day cards, doilies demonstrate their versatility as they serve as accents to Christmas packages. Showcase their delicate, snowflake-like silhouettes by layering these lacy circles. Apply dabs of glue to hold them together and wrap with ribbon, yarn, or twine to keep them in place.

Mad for Plaid

Plaid packages wrapped with gold ribbon and embellished with greenery and dried orange slices.
Photography by Mac Jamieson, Styling by Amy Wilson

Nothing comprises Yuletide charm quite like plaid. From vintage tins to patterned paper, the possibilities abound for incorporating this festive find into your gift wrapping and décor. Opt for a classic red-and-green color combo or select an alternative palette that coordinates with your space.

Season’s Greetings

Repurposed holiday cards used as gift tags for a stack of presents underneath the tree.
Photography by John O’Hagan, Styling by Katherine Tucker

Repurpose old Christmas cards to add a thoughtful touch to any gift. Trim a card to the preferred size and punch a hole in each end. Thread ribbon or twine through the holes and, voilà, instant eco-charm.

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