For those of you who have been following The Love List for a while now, it should come as no surprise that I love gifting. Whether it’s a jar of homemade pickles or a carefully selected souvenir, gift giving is most certainly up there on my list of love languages. Interestingly, the process of wrapping gifts tends to take a bit of a backseat for me. But I am always looking for ways to step up my game.
As the holiday season approaches, I find myself preparing for gift-giving by planning and looking for ways to wrap presents. I often seek inspiration from sources like Pinterest (Check out my Pinterest here!) Today, I thought it might be helpful to share some creative gift-wrapping ideas for inspiration.
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As much as I do love a beautifully wrapped gift, what I don’t love is wastefulness. I recently came across a whole lane of gift wrapping rooted in eco-friendly materials. But that doesn’t mean it’s all newspaper cutoffs wrapped in twine; it’s fabrics and reusable treats that feel special and beautiful. Some of my favorite picks for this year include:
Basic wrapping paper can be made so much more interesting with a unique fold. There are some really fun tutorials online, and I have to admit, I was tempted to buy everyone on my list a book this year so I could try all these out! For any gift cards, this is a no-brainer upgrade on an envelope.
I use Christmas as an opportunity to tap into my creativity, and this year, it’s been all about watercolor landscapes (featuring a few sweet furry friends). I love to personalize these based on the recipient, in the hope that they make it past the recycling come January. If painting isn’t your thing, I’ve seen cute options like hand-drawn calligraphy, colored paint splashes, and even children’s handprints. On that note, I have heard of parents using their kids’ school paintings (which apparently come home in abundance in early December) to wrap gifts for family and friends.
My gifts often feature a beautiful silk ribbon, or a multi-layered twist of twine. But on top of that? I can’t guarantee intricate gift wrapping, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the beauty of meticulously wrapped presents. Some of my favorites that take gift wrapping up a notch include: