I don’t know about you, but I love wrapping gifts! I’ve loved the process of figuring out how much paper to use and in which direction to cut it since I was a kid. I love finding matching ribbons and twirling them with scissors. And, I love finding the perfect topper for each gift. When gift bags were invented, it was not a trend I liked at all!
My love for wrapping gifts started the Christmas I was in 3rd Grade, when I was asked to help wrap about 300 Snoopy stuffed animals that would be given to kids visiting Santa, in the American compound in Saudi Arabia where I grew up. I think there were about five of us and we had so much fun doing it. Every time I wrap a Christmas gift, I think of wrapping those Snoopy dolls.
I’m always impressed with how much effort goes into wrapping a gift by many people. Magazines are full of fancy and simple and creative ideas. The final pieces are works of art and so beautiful. One day, when I have a lot more time on my hands, I would like to wrap a gift like they do in magazines! In the mean time, though, I’m totally old school and use old-fashioned printed wrapping paper and ribbon.
Here are 5 super easy ways to finish wrapping a Christmas gift using different gift toppers. I went for the paper that comes on long rolls and all I did was look around the house for items to adorn the gifts. There are so many things you can add to a gift to make it special. Here are some suggestions based on what I did this year:
Use holiday candy
For this food-related gift, I tied a candy cane into the ribbon. Of course you can put a candy cane on any type of gift. I think it’s fun to use something seasonal that the recipient can eat right away. So easy. BTW, if you’re looking for stocking stuffers for the foodie in your life, check out this post for some great ideas!
Use evergreens or any other items from nature
After wrapping this box with brown kraft packing paper, I finished this gift with twine and some branches from the yews in my back yard. I added some pine cones to give the gift a rustic, natural look. So winter-y!
Add an ornament
I think ornaments really look special on a gift because they’re festive and useful and can be made totally personal. You can include an ornament from a recent trip you took with someone or an ornament that is personalized. Here I used small ornaments that I bought for a tree and that I had as leftovers.
Give a hint of what’s inside
For a makeup-related gift for my daughter, I added a tube of lipgloss to the ribbon. It’s a simple, fun way to indicated what’s inside. Instead of putting this lipgloss in her stocking, I chose to put it on the gift.
Add a home-made treat
For this last gift, I put a homemade iced gingerbread cookie in a cellophane bag and tied it on with the ribbon. The gift is a box of store-bought Belgian chocolates and cookies, but I wanted to include some of the holiday baking goodies I had made. This way, the recipient gets to try my baking!
I’d love to hear what you’ve adorned your Christmas gifts with this year!Email This Post