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15 Beautiful Gift Wrapping Ideas

by CatK, posted to Holidays

Here are some great gift wrap ideas I collected from around the web. Many of them have the added bonus of being eco-friendly and cost conscious.


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1. Newspaper Gift Wrap | Simple Organized Living

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Purchasing new wrapping paper for every occasion can be SO expensive,...more

You can use regular newspaper or go with something more fun like the cartoon section or a foreign language paper.

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2. Gift Boxes | Paper Source

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Paper Source is a premier paperie and retail store offering a unique...more

Paper Source has a beautiful selection of gift boxes. A great alternative to wrapping paper especially if you keep it in the family and can reuse the box next year.

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3. Butcher Paper as Wrapping Paper | Design*Sponge

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i love the high & low combination of brown kraft paper with...more

Brown butcher (or kraft) paper is great to use as you can do so many things with it - sponge designs, stickers, colorful tape, etc.

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4. Old Maps as Wrapping Paper | Babble

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We use old subway maps to wrap our gifts, but any old map will do!

I am a big fan of maps so I love this idea! You can use the old maps lying around your house or grab free maps from a subway station or elsewhere.

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5. Personalized Wrapping Paper | Name Maker Inc

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Make your gifts unique with our personalized gift wrap and wrap-ping...more

No need for gift tags with this wrapping paper. You can personalize the greeting and/or name and choose from a nice selection of designs. Love it!

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6. Kid Art as Gift Wrap | beanamama

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What to do with all this artwork? Gift wrap! Meaningful, cheap, green...more

Anyone with children has more artwork than they know what to do with. Rather than secretly throw it away or let it pile up, you can use it as gift wrap. Add some matching bows and you have presents like these ones from blogger beanamama.

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7. Crayon Chip Wrapping Paper | Momtastic

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This is a really fun way to design and make your own colorful wrapping...more

I love the idea of turning tissue paper into original wrapping paper. Not to mention this is a fun and easy craft project you can do with kids.

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8. Cloth Gift Wrap | Martha Stewart

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In Japan, the art of wrapping gifts in cloth is called furoshiki, and...more

Leave it to Martha to find a second beautiful use for cloth items including (clockwise from top left) vintage scarf; burlap rice bag; wool scarf with a knitting needle; tea towel with rickrack; scrap from a vintage kimono.

Mallory: I was going to suggest this if it wasn't already here! This one is great because the wrapping can be another gift as well - a beautiful textile they can keep after the gift is unwrapped!

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9. Gift Take Out Box | World Market

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Gotta wrap a gift on the fly? Our Yuletide Owl Large Gift Take Our...more

Suggested by Larissa

These caught my eye at Cost Plus the other day - they're inexpensive, easy, reusable, unique and easy on the eyes.

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10. Themed Wrapping Paper | Josh Spear

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Scouring the globe for the next great thing. Reviewing design, art,...more

Suggested by Glenn Smith

Hamburger wrapping paper anyone? I can imagine all sorts of thematic wrapping options! It'd be another thing to make them happen though...

Claudia: Love this!

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11. Comics Wrapping Paper | Frugal Gift Wrapping Ideas

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Did you know that most wrapping paper is not recyclable?You don't have...more

Suggested by Larissa

Use the comics section of the Sunday paper to wrap your gifts.

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Add even more sparkle to that bottle of sparkling wine with this...more

Suggested by Krista

I absolutely adore this quick and festive way to present a bottle of wine!

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Keep your holiday green and happy!

CatK: Thanks for sharing!

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13. LEGO Gift Box | Simple Finds

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A rad Lego box

How did I not think of this sooner?! LEGOs are perfect for making gift boxes, large or small. So many different colors to pick from and fun LEGOs to turn into bows or other accessories.

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14. Old Calendar Pages | MyHomeIdeas.com

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Turn old calendar pages into gift wrap. Personalize a birthday present...more

I just saw this idea and had to add it to my list. How fun to circle the day / age of the person!

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15. Mason Jars | A Sweet and Simple Hostess

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No need to wrap up goodies or other presents. Just put them in a mason jar and secure some pretty material on top.

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16. Designer Duct Tape

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Santa’s workshop is set up chez Cart, and now it’s time to dive in...more

Use butcher paper, newspaper or just about anything (ideally recycled) and then take it to designer level with duct tape

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Accessorize: 21 Everyday Items | Real Simple

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Everyday items can add unexpected festive flair to your gift wrapping,...more

Real Simple showcases 21 everyday items - from buttons to feathers to playing cards - that will take your gift wrapping to the next level.

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Accessorize: Pretty Tape | Etsy

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I'm slightly obsessed with this Japanese Washi tape. I love to wrap presents in brown butcher block paper or newspaper, and this tape dresses it up!

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My kids make the best paper to wrap with!

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Suggested by Michelle Sealey Lee

Cause it's fun!

CatK: Adorable - I love kid-made wrapping paper!

Michelle Sealey Lee: She was so proud!

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