With Christmas drawing ever nearer, the rush to buy the perfect presents for our friends, colleagues and loved ones is on. With limited time for creativity, making our own unique gifts that show personalisation is probably out of the question. However, there is a way to show off your creativity and it’s all in the way you wrap your presents.
Showing your individual flair in how you present your gifts can go a long way in making your Christmas gifts special. With that in mind, here are 15 easy and simple Christmas gift packing hacks you can use to wrap your presents in style.
1. Reuse Old Books For A Typographic Feel
Cut out pages from old books to create Christmas shapes or even personalise it completely by cutting out someone’s name onto plain paper for that simplistic yet stylish twist.
2. Potato Christmas Stamps
Remember when you used to make stamps out of potatoes? It’s a perfect and cheap way to create your own unique wrapping paper – create anything simple and christmassy like a tree or a star to give your paper an original feel.
3. Twig Trees
Making things from nature is the best way to get that rustic feel so why not gather up those twigs and use them to create simple Christmas trees together with your choice of yarn to create cute additions to your gifts?
4. Straw Stars
We all have straws hanging about so why not use them up to create these cute stars? Use baker’s string to attach the star to the top of your present.
5. Create Your Own Mini Wreaths
Again, nature can make the best decorations so try making your own mini wreaths by cutting out a ring of cardboard, gluing evergreen clippings onto it and attach to your gift using decorative string.
6. Make Your Own Gift Bows Out Of Magazines
Create these amazing bows by cutting the page lengthwise into nine 3/4-inch-thick strips of heights shown: Three at 11 inches, three at 10 inches, two at 9 inches, and one at 3.5 inches. Twist each strip to form loops at both ends. Make a circle out of the smallest. Bring the two ends together and secure with double-ended sticky tape. Layer and stick together, starting with the longest strips. End with the circle in the centre.
7. Get Quirky With Washi Tape
Washi tape can be used in more ways than you think. Their unique and varied patterns can be a great inspiration for making a simple decorative effect on your gifts. Try sticking strips to make a cute and rustic Christmas tree and make someone smile when you hand them their present!
8. Use Old Printed Card
Cutting out baubles from printed card and attaching them to a card or gift can show that extra bit of thought and effort.
9. Tie Up Your Gifts With Tassels
Adding cute tassels can add that extra touch to your gift. Find out how to make them and impress your friends and family when you hand them your gift.
10. Button Up Your Presents
Using up old buttons and some string can add an extra bit of pizzazz to your presents. It’s simple and easy to do – the only limit is your creativity!
11. Spice Up Those Paper Grocery Bags
If you shop at Trader Joe’s then you’ll have noticed their festive paper grocery bags for the upcoming holiday season. Don’t let them go to waste, instead use them as a cheap yet cool way to wrap your presents and add any extra decoration to pep them up.
12. Raid Your Fabric Draw For Inspiration
If you’re usually creative then you may have some scraps of fabric lying around in a draw. Using this to create cute decoration for your wrapping paper can make your present instantly more unique.
13. String It Up!
Just using festive string can help liven up any gift. Together with brown paper, a bit of green and some festive stamping you can make any gift look professional but, more importantly, unique.
14. Create Gift Bags From Wrapping Paper
If you need a gift bag but don’t want to go out and buy one, then make your own easy and cheap version. For a full tutorial visit hellosandwich and follow the simple steps.
15. Reuse Old Clothes (Yes, Really!)
If you want to be really unique then don’t use wrapping paper at all! If you have some old sweaters and jumpers that have seen better days then use it to wrap your gifts. The material will give it a cozy vibe and will definitely get kudos from your friends and family.