Christmas Gift Wrap

LAST UPDATED: Jan 01, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Dec 01, 2020 | By:

Make your presents feel fun, festive and beautiful, without the fuss this holiday season! These Christmas Gift Wrap ideas and tips make wrapping fun!

Blue and white wrapped christmas gifts wrapped under the tree.

I’m always looking for beautiful ways to simplify everyday tasks. Christmas gift wrap is no different!

This year’s gift wrapping was oh-so-easy to tie into the Scandinavian Christmas decorations I used throughout our lake cottage. When i saw this pretty line of Christmas wrapping paper, I knew it was the perfect inspiration!

Blue and white wrapped christmas gifts wrapped under the tree.

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Like anyone else, I realize that Christmas gift wrapping can be both a joy and a burden. While it might not happen early in the season every year, I do love the look of beautifully wrapped packages under our Christmas tree. This year is no exception!

Inspired by the natural wood, textures, layers, and colors of a Scandinavian Christmas, I knew this soft blue and white line of Christmas wrapping paper would fit perfectly into our lake cottage decor.

Once I chose the pretty papers, ribbons and embellishments, the ideas blossomed from there!

Blue and gold ribbons for Christmas gift wrapping ideas in a wooden bowl.

This post was originally published December 2012, updated December 2020 with new photos and content.

How to Wrap a Gift

Choose a Color Palette

I like to limit the palette to 3-4 colors. In this case, it was soft blue, white, gold and green touches of foliage.

Add Ribbon

Baker’s twine, double faced satin, velvet, silk and striped are among my favorite options.

Blue and gold ribbons for Christmas gift wrapping ideas in a wooden bowl.

Embellish

Add fresh stems of olive, pine, cedar or evergreen, or use trinkets like bells, ornaments and more to make each gift feel unique.

A blue and white christmas gift wrapping box tied with a bow, on top of a navy blue book.

Personalize

I love customizing the gift to the recipient, but it’s also nice to personalize the gift wrapping! This is easy to do by ordering customized, monogrammed paper.

I chose this twigs and branches Christmas wrapping paper pattern that was virtually seasonless and it is such a charming touch under the tree!

small present under tree on leather tree skirt

Add a Gift Tag

Salt Dough Ornaments make beautiful gift tags and feel special. You can find free printable gift tags here!

Christmas Gift Wrapping Supplies

Use a Box

It’s so much easier to wrap something square in a box! If you’re wrapping a soft item, or one with awkward lines, try to find a box that works.

Use Sharp Scissors

This is a tip that makes an amazing difference! It’s so much easier to cut clean lines on both your wrapping paper and your ribbon.

A blue and white striped Christmas gift wrap box with a touch of greenery with the ribbon.

Double Sided Tape

An easy trick to disguise your tape lines, using double sided tape will create smooth edges and seams for your wrapping paper.

More Christmas Wrapping Ideas: Use Kraft Paper and Photos

While it’s no secret that I’m a fan of kraft paper, there have been years when I decided to wrap 100% of our gifts in it. Why? It’s recycled, inexpensive {$1/roll at the dollar store} and it’s the perfect backdrop for any garnishments.  

Recently, I decided to update an idea I implemented years ago when I used photos for a lot of our gifts.  When we tried this fun idea, it was perfect for our stage of life in more ways than one!

Brown kraft paper wrapped presents tied with baker\'s twine and decorated with old family photos and holiday greenery.

Even if your little ones can’t yet read, they will know exactly who each present is for based on the photographs used. No labeling required!

The gift tags made in 2003 include my lifelong friend Liz and her mom!

A photo embellishment for Christmas gift wrap with a red ribbon.
kraft paper christmas paper wrapping tied with baker's twine and decorated with old family photos.

Use Photos for Your Christmas Wrapping

It’s easy to do!

  1. Find photos, old or new, that you like, change them to black and white and insert them into a Word document. *I quickly did this by dropping all of the photos I liked into a folder, selecting them all, dragging them to the Word document and then resizing to preference.  
  2. Print on white card stock and you’re done! I made all of my gift tags in just 5 minutes.  
  3. For another charming, personalized touch, I wrote the to and from in a silver pen on each package.
kraft paper christmas paper wrapping tied with baker's twine and decorated with old family photos.

For the remainder of the gifts that year, I used snippets of Frasier fir, picked up free at the hardware store from the Christmas tree cast-offs.

Both styles of kraft paper packages were embellished with the baker’s twine I bought a few years ago and will have for years to come!

kraft paper christmas paper wrapping tied with baker's twine and decorated with old family photos.

Of course, some gifts are better in a bag. This gift luckily came in it! Awkward, yet small gifts are equally darling when sealed in an envelope with washi tape.  

That’s one of the best parts of using kraft paper for your packages – you can coordinate it to virtually any Christmas wrapping color scheme.

easy gift wrap idea via www.julieblanner.com
Brown kraft paper wrapped presents tied with baker\'s twine and decorated with old family photos.

Salt Dough Ornament Gift Tags

After so many years of using kraft paper, I decided to update my Christmas gift wrap for this next look.

I purchased a few sheets of wrapping paper and framed one for a winter vignette. I used the remaining wrapping sheets along with ivory gift boxes that several purchases came in.

pretty Christmas gift wrap in blue and white with a salt dough ornament label

I also chose ivory double sided satin ribbon {one of my must have craft supplies}, bakers twine, salt dough gift tags the girls and I made, and the labels I’m offering as a free printable today.

This is my soft and sweet take on Christmas. It’s a pretty scheme I used all winter!

pretty Christmas gift wrap in blue and white with a salt dough ornament label
pretty Christmas gift wrap in blue and white with a salt dough ornament label

These 2″ circle labels are Avery 22807, but you can also print them on sticker sheets and cut. Click here for the free printable holiday labels.

pretty Christmas gift wrap in blue and white with a salt dough ornament label

I love fresh new ideas for Christmas gift wrapping! Do you tend to use the same papers every year, or do you like to switch it up?

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