Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

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Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas | kraft paper, twine and ribbon | diy inspirationI really do love to wrap gifts. There is something about making those perfect corners and tying bows that makes me happy. That said, sometimes wrapping gifts at Christmas can be overwhelming. Let’s face it…it’s just one more thing to do and at the holidays there are a lot of gifts. I try to keep my supplies simple and inexpensive but I still want them to look festive. Everything used for this post can be found at any craft store or ordered online. Sources are listed at the end. Before we get to that though let’s start at the beginning. The inside of the box.

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas | white tissue paper inside the box is a must! | diy inspirationI am obsessed with white tissue paper. I use it for everything. Because of my online shop, I have a big pile of it in my sewing room. Before that though I would just buy packs of it and keep them on hand. I know you are probably thinking “does she really do that to every box?” Ask my kids. The answer is yes. It only takes a second and it makes such a difference to the person opening the gift. I will admit that the stickers might be a little overkill but I do think they are a nice touch.

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas | Easy, inexpensive and festive! | onsuttonplace.comEverything goes with brown kraft wrapping paper. Any color, any style. This year I added the brown kraft paper with the red writing that I found at Homegoods.

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas | Easy, inexpensive and festive! | onsuttonplace.comI found the gold stick on letters on Amazon and decided to do initials this year instead of names. We all have different first initials so there won’t be any mix-ups.

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas | Easy, inexpensive and festive! | onsuttonplace.comNatural elements make great tie-ons. Fresh greenery, pine cones, cinnamon sticks. I seriously considered buying fresh red berries someplace but talked myself out of it. I had a bunch of these faux red cranberry stems and they worked just fine.

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas | Easy, inexpensive and festive! | onsuttonplace.comThe most important thing is to keep it simple. There were years early on when my kids were little where I was wrapping gifts on Christmas morning. Try very hard not to do that…it’s a little stressful! Make it as easy on yourself as possible.

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Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas Sources:

red striped ribbon
red and ivory striped ribbon
Gold stick on letters
Kraft tags
Kraft wrapping paper
brown twine
red and white chunky twine
brown jingle bells  
cinnamon sticks
white tissue paper
gold chipboard letter stickers

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  1. I LOVE to wrap gifts and I must say yours look beautiful. Simple yet very very special, anyone would be happy to see one of your gifts under their tree,
    Merry Christmas,

  2. Ann- Those have to be THE most elegant, simple and beautiful packages I have ever seen! Thank you for posting them. I am going to try and recreate them myself this year!!!


  3. laura@top this top that says:

    i love the idea of using initials instead of gift tags. happy holidays. your packages are beautiful!

  4. Marsha Cannon says:

    I love to wrap also and your wrappings are fabulous, festive and fun!

  5. Ann, it’s just gorgeous! I wouldn’t want to open that gift. I’m swooning over all of your holiday stuff and pinning like mad.
    Big hugs, Jamie

  6. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Ann, I have always enjoyed wrapping gifts, too! In fact, I wrapped gifts as my first job at Belks department store. Do you have Belk stores in Ohio? Your packages are beautiful, and I’m a big fan of brown craft paper, but Leo loves bright, colorful packages so I compromise and do some of each. Thanks for the tip about using the stickers on the tissue paper. That is a very nice touch!

  7. Ann… I think the way you wrap your gifts shows how much you care and love the recipients. Anyone can purchase a box…the way you embellish your gifts in a simple way has a lot of impact. For once I’m ahead of the game and I think I’ll take some time wrapping with a few of your ideas.

    Merry Christmas!!

    Jane xx

  8. They are beautiful! Wish I had the time to make miine as pretty as yours.

  9. Wonderful ideas here! I always use store-bought paper, but love your methods so much more. And ditto to the massive amounts of white tissue paper in the sewing room! :)

  10. Mickey Wood says:

    This wrapping style is so understated and elegant! And soothing. Like your home . . .
    anyway, it’s too late for me this year – i’m still using up what’s left from last year, but next year, I am going with this style. I bet plain white would work in a similar way, not only for Christmas, but other gift occasions as well. Thanks, Ann.

  11. Lori Swearingen says:

    Ann, everything you do is so pretty and simple. I laughed a little, because I too add white tissue…even inside the kids presents. Lol…I think it adds a little more suspense. I truly enjoyed your Christmas home tour. Happy Holidays to you and your family. Lori Swearingen

  12. I use tons of white tissue! I would not wrap a gift without it. I guess I thought everyone did! I do use some Kraft paper and some disgn paper, but I always use grosgrain or satin ribbon. Simple and beautiful.

  13. Sharon H. says:

    Really liked the stickers on the inside. Not too much or over the top.
    Also loved the brown craft paper with white tissue, very clean and versitle.

  14. SOOOO BEAUTIFUL! Love the inside touch. You slay me Ann!! xx

    1. Ann Drake says:

      …and you crack me up! :)

  15. Barbara Lilian says:

    Loved seeing your Christmas wrapping ideas, so simple but classy.just how I like things.

  16. Lisa B Beggs says:

    Beautiful as always Ann ~

  17. Hi Ann…. Love your packages! So elegant. I was wondering if you could give me some sources on where you buy your preserved boxwood wreaths. I love how you incorporate them throughout your lovely home. Thanks, and Happy Holidays!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Pam! The boxwood wreaths I currently have came from Decor Steals. Sadly they aren’t available right now. I just got some preserved boxwood garland from Bella Marie and am so happy with it. Here is the link:
      They have very fast shipping too. The wreath on my dining room mirror is 16 in. and the little wreaths are 6 in.
      Happy Holidays!

  18. BethMarohn says:

    Love the color pallet and I think you’ve finally given me the only reason I’ve come across, so far, to now buy wide chevron burlap ribbon. Never been a fan of it, but now I need some red!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      This made me laugh…I am not a chevron fan either but my daughter is so that’s why I got that ribbon. It is pretty cool though!

      1. BethMarohn says:

        Well, you have it paired nicely with the ribbon that’s layered on top. I thought I was the only one that layered ribbon on pkgs! lol

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  20. Oh it is all so beautiful and festive. My favorite type of decoration. You done good girlfriend! :) Merry Christmas! -Bev

  21. Kimberly ~ Serendipity Refined says:

    You have such beautiful style. The ribbon choices and natural elements on the kraft paper wrap are perfect! Thanks for sharing source for the printed wrap. Merry Christmas, sweet friend! xo

  22. Ann, Your tissue stickers and checkered tape are such a professional touch. Each time I make a purchase I don’t want to open and disturb.
    Please advise where I can purchase them.
    Thanks so much.
    Merry Christmas,

  23. Julie {Lilacs & Longhorns} says:

    Your gift wrap is gorgeous and so doable! Love all your beautiful touches, Ann!

  24. Marti Polacik says:

    Love the wrappings. Simple, beautiful. Always love your ideas.

  25. Beautiful Ann! I also love to wrap pretty packages. I have never used stickers on the tissue paper, but will be doing that starting today! So cute!

  26. Ellie LaJuett says:

    I love your ideas and tips, making it pretty is important to me. The tissue and sticker are not overkill!!!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you Ellie! I really didn’t think so either but I wasn’t sure. Merry Christmas!

  27. Looks like whoever has the E name has a lot of presents! ;)

    1. Ann Drake says:

      LOL. Wonder who that could be?

  28. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    Swoon, swoon, swoon!!! I LOVE these ideas to pieces! Your gift wrapping style is a present in itself, Ann! What beauty!!!!! I’m leaving so so inspired! LOVE partying with you!

  29. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration. I LOVE a well wrapped gift and just can’t bring myself to gift give without a special presentation.

  30. OMG Ann it’s all beautiful, don’t stop by my blog next week, I have the same post, it looks like we shopped and wrapped together.

  31. Hi Ann-
    Just beautiful

  32. Diane Zueck says:

    Glad to know there is another tissue freak in this world. I thought I was the only one! Your family will be so excited to see these beautifully wrapped gifts waiting for them under the tree. I love the simplicity of your choice in wrappings and ribbons. Thank you for the sources also.

  33. I am a big fan of craft paper gift wrap…heavy, sturdy and opaque. I am coveting that pinstripe ribbon!

  34. Beautiful wrapping, Ann and you can wrap mine for me anytime. I wish I loved to wrap, but I don’t.

  35. You can do all my wrapping ….thank you very much

  36. Lindsay Eidahl says:

    Very pretty packages! The wrapping is a gift in itself!

  37. I love all of your ideas Ann and each package is so beautifully wrapped, simple and elegant! The brown paper, ribbon and natural elements are just the perfect combination!

  38. Wish me luck on my search for that red writing brown craft paper. It’s adorable. And I want those gold stick on letters too. Such great wrapping ideas this morning. Thank you so much, Ann. I’ve added a sprig or two of fresh rosemary to several gifts to friends already. I brought my rosemary plant in from the deck and it sits next to my sink. Since I retired, I have been the official gift wrapper for my daughter’s family too. I began color coding the three grandchildren’s presents last year. They thought Santa was genius,lol.