By Lindsay Cohn

Published on December 2, 2017

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‘Tis better to give than to receive. You put so much time and effort into selecting the perfect presents for everyone on your list, why not go the extra mile and make sure they really shine?

Whether you’re participating in an office Secret Santa or just want your packages to pop under your perfectly-styled spruce, the right wrapping can make all the difference. Gold leaf is sure to amp up the glam factor, while DIY adornments—like wreath toppers and tree tags—are a great way to dress up plain paper.

These gorgeous gift wrap ideas will have everyone going gaga over your presents before they even open them.

Wreath Gift Toppers

Kraft paper is a blank canvas that’s begging for a little something special. Add a festive flourish with these mini wreaths, made from greenery and berries.

Get the how-to on Say Yes.

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Scandinavian Pattern Wrapping Paper

If you’re a fan of Scandinavian design, you’re going to love this ultra-chic, patterned wrapping paper. Tree gift tags—did we mention they’re free and printable?—and black and white twine take it to the next level.

Get the how-to on The Beauty Dojo.

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Baubles and Bakers Twine

You already decorate your tree, so why not give your gifts the same treatment? Upgrade plain white paper with a garland of multi-colored mini ornaments and bakers twine.

Get the how-to on Burkatron.

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Leather and Gold Leaf Tree Tags

You can’t go wrong with leather and gold—especially around the holidays. These luxurious little tree tags are guaranteed to add a high-class touch to any gift. Not only do they look elegant, but they’re also easy to create. The secret is a gold leaf pen.

Get the how-to on A Bubbly Life.

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Calligraphy Wrapping Paper

Dreaming of designer wrapping paper? You can DIY your own for next to nothing. Put your calligraphy skills to the test by scrawling seasonal sayings across basic brown paper. Then, dress them up with striped ribbon and a few sprigs of spruce.

Get the how-to on Boxwood Avenue.

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Chalk Marker Wrapping Paper

Need a quick and easy wrapping solution? Grab a chalk marker and freehand some seasonal symbols—like trees, ornaments, snowmen, and reindeer. Jazz it up with a splash of colorful paint.

Get the how-to on Splash of Something.

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Printable Pink Gift Wrap

No DIY experience? No problem. Even novice crafters can nail this project. A modern twist on traditional wrapping, printable pink paper and coordinating “merry merry” tags will wow everyone on Christmas morning.

Get the how-to on Proper.

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Plaid Ribbon Pattern

Instead of tossing scraps, stash them for later. No, we’re not suggesting you start hoarding, but leftover supplies can be transformed into beautiful embellishments.

Case in point? This pretty plaid pattern that’s fashioned from tiny pieces of ribbon. A playful pom pom made with surplus yarn is the perfect finishing touch.

Get the how-to on A Beautiful Mess.

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Instagram Photo Tags

Looking for a thoughtful way to personalize presents? Print mini Instagram photos of treasured moments throughout the year, and then use them as gift tags. For a hit of holiday glitz, decorate the clips with a sprinkle of silver or gold glitter.

Get the how-to on Burkatron.

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Marbleized Wrapping Paper

This marbleized gift wrap could not be more gorgeous. The best part? The pattern itself is downloadable—meaning no muss, no fuss. Gold leaf sheets give it that glam factor.

Get the how-to on The Lovely Drawer.

 

See more seasonal wrapping solutions:

The Best Places to Buy Wrapping Paper This Holiday Season
Creative Ways to Wrap Your Gifts This Year
How to Wrap Oddly-Shaped Gifts