45 Genius Gift Wrapping Ideas for the Most Festive Holiday Ever

Enlist your kids to be your little helper elves.

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'Tis the season for endless holiday gifts. Your friends, family, and coworkers will adore these cute gift wrapping ideas almost as much as the presents themselves — and you'll have fun making them along with our other fun holiday craft ideas for the season.

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gift wrapping ideas tinsel
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Tinsel Topper

Is your tinsel from last year in rough shape? Give it one more job as an eye-catching present topper.

What you'll need: Letter stickers ($11, )

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Mike Garten
Stick-On Letters

Dig out that half-used pack of letter stickers from your kid's last school project and spell out a holiday phrase on the gift box. Bonus points if you use the poofy or glittery kind.

What you'll need: Letter stickers ($3, )

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gift wrapping ideas cloth
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Present Scarf

Thick, elaborate ribbon can be expensive! Instead, use a festive fabric. Any type will work here, whether it's an old tablecloth or dad's old tie. You can sometimes find some great fabric on sale at a craft store.

What you'll need: Plaid fabric ($7.26, )

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gift wrapping ideas cupcake liners
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Cupcake Liner Hack

You can get LOTS of cupcake liners in one single pack for cheap. These make for great present toppers in a pinch — chances are you have some laying around your pantry. Because they're flat, they're great for transporting in the car to and from a Christmas gathering.

What you'll need: Baking cups ($4, )

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gift wrapping ideas office dots
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Office Supply Dots

Who knew colored labeling dots could look so charming? They're removable too, so you can't really mess up a polka-dot print. This idea can even be used beyond the holidays.

What you'll need: Color dot labels ($12, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas Glittery and Modern
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Glittery and Modern

A modern take on traditional holiday gift wrapping, these gift ideas are made using glittery adhesive tape, a silver pen, and baker's twine.

Get the tutorial at .

What you'll need: Silver paint marker ($9, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas Reindeer Wrapping Paper
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Reindeer Wrapping Paper

Get your hands — or feet, in this case — dirty with this cute DIY wrapping paper. All you need is brown paint, a black Sharpie, and a bright red bow.

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What you'll need: Red ribbon ($9, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas Fa La La Felt Ornaments
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Fa La La Felt Ornaments

Add some festive flare to a simple white gift box with felt ornaments in the color of your choice.

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What you'll need: Assorted felt ($6, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas Easy Watercolor Christmas Gift Tags
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Easy Watercolor Christmas Gift Tags

These adorable water color tags will add a special touch to your gift, and they're crazy easy to make.

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What you'll need: Assorted watercolor ($16, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas White and Metallic Gift Wrapping
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White and Metallic Gift Wrapping

Use white Russian hat netting to create this chic gift wrap, then add in some pompoms for a playful touch.

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What you'll need: White pom poms ($11, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas Pink and Peppermint
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Pink and Peppermint

Who says you have to stick to red and green during the holidays? Switch it up with bubble gum pink gift wrap.

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What you'll need: Pink gift wrap ($13, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas Easy Gift Wrapping
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Easy Gift Wrapping

This easy gift wrapping idea cannot get any simpler! Even the kids can help with this potato stamped paper.

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What you'll need: Kraft paper ($18, )

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Rudolph Gift Tags

All you need are small red pompoms, googly eyes, small twigs, and some ribbon to make these cute red-nosed gift tags!

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What you'll need: Red pompoms ($8, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas Dog Bone Gift Wrapping
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Dog Bone Gift Wrapping

We all know at least one dog lover, so give their fur baby a gift it deserves with this adorable milk bone wrapping idea.

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What you'll need: Milk Bone dog treats ($12, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas DIY Rhinestone Embellished Gift Wrapping
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DIY Rhinestone Embellished Gift Wrapping

Add some sparkle to someone's holiday with these beautiful rhinestone embellished gifts by .

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What you'll need: Rhinestone ($9, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas Soft and Sweet Gift Wrap
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Soft and Sweet Gift Wrap

With ivory ribbon and baby blue paper, this holiday gift wrap idea is soft, sweet, and oh-so elegant.

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What you'll need: Ivory ribbon ($9, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas Stamped Tissue Paper
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Stamped Tissue Paper

Spice us traditional white tissue paper with this festive stamp idea by to bring some extra cheer to your friend or loved one.

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What you'll need: White tissue paper ($16, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas confetti christmas wrap
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Confetti Christmas Wrap

Embellish your wrapped presents with festive confetti and tie a red bow for the perfect touch.

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What you'll need: Mod Podge ($7, ); Tissue paper ($12, )

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Christmas Decorating Ideas Pretty Presents
Antonis Achilleos
Pretty Paper Presents

Wrap your gifts early this year and use them as decorations throughout your home or at the foot of your bed. Make them look extra special with one of these unique toppers!

Sweet Medallions: Flatten a few printed cupcake liners, then cut them to create concentric circles; attach with double-sided tape. Finish with a round piece of glittery paper in the center.

Easy Evergreens: Make green card stock cones with the template; hot-glue each onto a straw. Make small X's on the top of the box and push in trunks.

Balls of Tinsel: Snip a 6" section from a festive garland and knot it into a ball shape. Secure at the bottom with hot glue, then stick it on the top of your package with extra-large glue dots.

Shiny Shapes: Use needle-nose pliers to bend colorful 12-gauge aluminum wire into a tree or star, then slip onto ribbon or yarn instead of a bow.

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Gift Wrapping Ideas rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

This super easy reindeer DIY will be a major hit with the kids! Simply use different colors of construction paper and make your own fun expressions.

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What you'll need: Kraft paper ($18, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas Christmas Light Wrapping Pape
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Christmas Light Wrapping Paper

Let your presents shine as bright as your tree with these wraparound string lights.

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What you'll need: Kraft paper ($18, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas Add a Rustic Touch
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Add a Rustic Touch

It's hard to go wrong with brown kraft paper. Bright pops of red and green really stand out against the neutral tone, while a pinecone here and there add a gorgeous outdoorsy feel. What makes these presents even more special are the personalized name tags that denote family members' initials.

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What you'll need: Stripped ribbon ($9, )

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gift wrapping ideas Rags to Riches
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Rags to Riches

Go the nontraditional route by swapping festive green and red for sleek silvers and golds. Your Christmas spread will look like it came straight out of a magazine.

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What you'll need: Gold ribbon ($5, )

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gift wrapping ideas Boughs of Holly
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Boughs of Holly

Nothing says Christmas like a bough of holly. Take your gift wrapping to the next level by attaching a DIY sprig, and finish it off with a large red bow.

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What you'll need: Red ribbon ($4, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas Mini Boxwood Wreath Tutorial
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Mini Boxwood Wreath Tutorial

Add a touch of greenery to your gifts with complimentary ribbon and twine to create a naturalistic wreath.

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What you'll need: Burlap ($17, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas Book Smart
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Book Smart

For smaller gifts, try using pages from some of your old books (ones that you won't miss, of course!). Not only is it more eco-friendly than store-bought wrapping paper, but it also looks Pinterest-worthy underneath your tree. Just don't forget to inscribe the receiver's initials into one of the corners.

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What you'll need: Twine ($6, )

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gift wrapping ideas Deck The Halls
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Deck The Halls

Ornaments aren't just for the tree. Tie some large colorful ribbon through your favorite holiday balls and wrap them around a brightly colored box. Voila! You already you have a beautiful gift to present under your tree or give away.

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What you'll need: Assorted ornaments ($20, )

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Gift Wrapping Ideas Yarn Bomb
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Yarn Bomb

With a little imagination and some glue in hand, you can craft strings of yarn into a masterpiece — and it's oh-so simple.

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What you'll need: Red yarn ($7, )

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gift wrapping ideas Gift Wrapping Ideas Streamlined Silhouettes
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Streamlined Silhouettes

Enlarge and cut out a profile photo of someone special in your life, trace onto black card stock and cut out. Glue onto a box wrapped in butcher paper (available at craft stores) and accent with sparkly decorations.

Not crafty? Send a photo to Parcel and they'll create a silhouette on a die-cutting machine ($50, ).

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gift wrapping ideas Treasure Box
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Treasure Box

Gather bits and bobs of leftover fabrics — crocheted coasters, rickrack, quilting squares — and layer them atop a colored box. The texture adds a vintage quality to even the most modern gift.

Top with a card, tag or sticker (the doily-inspired one here is by Parcel for Jolee's Boutique, $4, ).

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