Holiday Pear Sangria + a Giveaway.
Just in time for Christmas, I’m so excited to share my 6 easy DIY Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas. All using items you have on hand at home, or that can be easily picked up. My secret is to use inexpensive brown craft paper, and decorate each gift using spices, herbs, candies, ribbon, and so much more. Have fun with your gift wrapping this year, with these easy ideas!
I’ve always had a love of DIY crafts and making things look pretty. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been crafting, creating, styling, and making everything around me as beautiful as possible. It’s what I love to do most.
I’ve always appreciated a beautifully wrapped gift and have been wanting to share some easy ideas for Christmas gift wrapping for years now. Well, I finally got my act together, wrapped everything up, and photographed all the gifts before December 24th…
Full disclaimer, I definitely wrapped empty boxes because I have yet to actually receive any of the holiday gifts I’ve order. I know, I’m crazy, but the good news is that I’ve at least done some shopping. Clearly, I am a little behind, but what’s new?
This post is meant more to inspire you to get crafty with your gifts. It’s not a full how-to, as each gift that I’ve wrapped is unique. Not one gift looks like another, which I love. So take these photos and some of my ideas, and then twist them into your own creation. I have a few base tips and tricks I’m sharing that will help get you started. From there, use your creativity and have fun.
Remember, the holidays are all about giving. It’s always more fun when you’re gifting something you are so excited to share with friends and family. The gift wrap is just another layer of excitement!
Step One: Gather Up your Supplies.
I love using brown craft paper, which is so much cheaper than wrapping paper. It makes for the perfect blank canvas to create a fun gift. You’ll also want to have some good scissors and Scotch tape. A little Elmer’s glue is always helpful too!
Once you’ve got your craft paper, round up some fun holiday items. My favorites…
2. candy canes
3. icing and glitter
5. white reindeer ornament
7. herbs and dry spices (like cinnamon and star anise)
8. sleigh bells – these are so cute!
9. mini Christmas trees or any of these
Step Two: Gift Wrap!
Find yourself a cozy spot, make some hot cocoa, put on your favorite Christmas movie or music, and get into the gift wrapping zone.
1. Gingerbread Gift Tags
I made homemade gingerbread cutouts and a little homemade icing to create fun gift tags for my gifts. I love how cute this personalized tag turned…and your gifts smell amazing too.
2. Homemade Icing and Glitter
This idea came about last year on Christmas Eve. I was doing last-minute wrapping with Asher and she really wanted to make her gift look extra cute for mom. I had leftover icing, so I thought, why not draw some holiday designs on our boxes with a little icing and then sprinkle with glitter. Not only was this so fun to do (especially great for kids), but it turned out cuter than I could have imagined. Just be sure to let the icing dry overnight so that it doesn’t smudge!
3. Candy Canes and Ribbon
Candy canes always have a way of making everything that much more fun. This look is so easy to create and all you need is candy canes and a simple ribbon. I used a pretty white and green ribbon, but even twine would be beautiful. Both will give the box a more elegant feel.
4. Herbs and Spices
The simplest of things are always my favorite. I used some ribbon, cinnamon sticks, and star anise to create a rustic look that’s probably my most loved here. It’s simple, cheap, festive, and the perfect way to go for a rustic Christmas in the snow vibe.
5. Festive Stamps
When I saw these sleigh mail reindeer stamps on Anthropologie I bought them immediately. They’re adorable, and I love their handmade look. So much more fun than an ordinary gift tag.
6. Mini Christmas Trees, Ornaments, and Ribbon
I’ve become obsessed with my mini brush Christmas trees. Something about them is so fun and whimsical. I tied mine onto my gifts using ribbon and twine
7. Dainty Pink Ribbon and Herbs
This is my Eloise inspired gift. It’s girly, magical, and so easy to create. Just find something like this frayed velvet pink ribbon, a dusty pink ornament or snowflake, and fresh rosemary.
And done. Some of these ideas will take you longer than others. Some will cost more or less. But all in all, these are pretty simple and easy ways to make your gifts look magical this Christmas. Hope this post inspires you to have some fun with your gift wrapping this year!
So beautiful, thank you for sharing x
Happy to share Anne!
Your recipes and idea’s are just so inspiring and beautifully crafted. You are an artisan, who is so unique and talented as I wait each post to see what you have created next. I recently bought your latest book Super Simple, and was so enthralled that I studied your recipes from cover to cover staying up past midnight. Being a new follower to your posts, and finding your book on the shelf at the bookstore has now led me to being a Half- Baked Harvest fan. Your cookbook actually does makes everything simple, and your recipes are so creative with a twist..I love that the most..they’re just a little bit different from the norm, which makes them extra special. Anyways I think you are super amazing, and the team behind you including your mom and dad is also extra special. Thank YOU for inspiring ME!
Hi Terri! Wow, thank you SO much for such a kind and thoughtful comment! I really appreciate it! I really do love styling anything and everything so I am so happy to do these things for you all! So glad you are enjoying the books and recipes. Have a lovely weekend! xTieghan
One of the best Christmas gift wrapping ideas is to wrap a gift in an attractive color such as red, green, purple, yellow and blue and tie it with ribbons. The ribbons that you use should be colorful so that they will attract the eyes of people. Another idea for Christmas gift wrapping ideas is to put the gift wrapped package inside a small colored clay flower pot which can also be decorated with beads and/or dried flowers. If you want to give a present that is more unusual, you can wrap the present on a whitebread gift box. You can even put a piece of cheese in the clay pot and decorate it like a beautiful present. You can create your own Christmas gift wrapping ideas by using beautiful handmade paper which can be bought from the local craft shop. A lot of people like to make homemade Christmas gift wrappers at home so that they can decorate them by themselves and personalize them for their recipients. These gift wrappers can then be used to gift items to people close to you such as friends and family. The wrapping itself will attract people as they will see that the gift is carefully decorated and wrapped.
Thanks so much for sharing! xTieghan
Love all of these ideas. Especially the greenery bc bringing outdoor in is my favorite thing to do. I also recommend using the gumball tree for decorating around house And for a decor on the gift- leave them natural brown or paint them. We also love to wrap
With cloth in the Japanese inspired way :)z I get used Christmas tablecloths second hand or green or red or printed sheets to wrap them- just look up furoshiki style! It’s awesome!
Thanks so much for sharing Ashleyh! xx
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I love the cookies idea in gifts! However, this year we have 2 kittens who are not yet 12 months old: everything is a toy & everything goes in the mouth…guess we won’t be decorating with cookies for a couple of years! That doesn’t even begin to count in the dog who has the nose of a bloodhound when it comes to food.
Love the ideas though-they are so cute.
Thanks so much! Good luck with those kittens:) Happy Holidays! xTieghan
How do you get the fabric ribbon to curl?
I just twist it:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Holidays! xTieghan
Loved this post! Will be trying it and sharing the link on my site 🙂
Thank you so much Ana! xTieghan
I love your Christmas wrapping. So simple, personal and makes the gift so much more meaningful. Where do you find your ribbon? I always find it difficult to find beautiful ribbon
I usually find my ribbon at Shop Terrain. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan