Five Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

It’s starting to feel very merry around here! Last weekend, I spent almost all day Sunday wrapping up gifts for those I love most. I love admiring all the beautiful packages underneath my tree — it really adds a lot of festivity to my living room. I’ve always taken a lot of pride in how I wrap the Christmas gifts I am giving to loved ones. My grandmother always had the most beautifully wrapped gifts, and I know how much time and love she put into wrapping each one. So now, it is something I spend a lot of time and effort on as well — it makes the aestheticist in me so happy.

As such, this year, I wanted to share five of my favorite holiday gift wrapping ideas, along with links to some of my favorite gift wrapping supplies. I try to create a “theme” for my gifts each year so they look uniform underneath the tree — and I am really pleased with how this year’s classic, but with a twist, concept turned out.


Before I share five of my favorite holiday gift wrapping ideas with you, I wanted to link all the products shown here upfront. Most of them are linked to the exact supplies, but I’ve also linked some similar options if an item is sold out or old. I’ll also link to them when I explain how I use them to wrap up beautiful gifts throughout this post.


You can never go wrong with a classic red bow. I like to tie mine with a 1″ Red Fabric Ribbon — I find the 1.5″ ribbon size to be a little too large for my preference.

To make the red bow the focal point, I like to use a simple, solid color wrapping paper — like the white matte gift wrap you see here — and pair it with a printed, festive gift tag. And, for what it’s worth, I would totally tie a red bow on the Gold Vines on Cream Stone Gift Wrap and Tartan Gift Wrap — similar here and here — seen in the photo above, too!


One easy and cost effective way that I love to wrap gifts for the holidays is to layer gift wrap. It looks super chic and is a great way to use those leftover pieces of paper that are awkward sizes.

Here, I started with a base of white matte gift wrap and then layered a strip of beautiful green & gold paper on top. You could use the same gift wrap combination across all presents under your tree for a uniform look or keep the white gift wrap base but change out what gift wrap you layer on top to mix it up. You could even assign an accent paper to each recipient as a way to delineate gifts under the tree.


Instead of using traditional bows and ribbons, I also like to use sprigs of faux holly or winter berries. You can find these at any craft store — and Target has some this year, too, here and here! — and cut them into the right size. I use a little bit of hot glue to affix them, and I’ve found they pair really well with kraft wrapping paper.


Another way to step up your holiday gift wrapping is some pattern play. I love keeping my eye out for unique ribbons, such as the Gold Metallic Leaves Ribbon I found at Paper Source like ones seen here. Pair with wrapping paper that features a similar pattern — like this Gold Vines on Cream Stone Gift Wrap — and the result is an elegant, yet festive look.


While it seems like red and green are everywhere throughout the holiday season, another holiday gift wrapping tip is to not be afraid to use non-traditional holiday colors. I have found that metallics — especially gold and rose gold — still give a festive look without being so on-the-nose.

In this instance, I used Gold Vines on Cream Stone Gift Wrap paired with a Metallic Gift Bow and a Pastel Metallic Curling Ribbon Set.

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