The He(art) of Gift Wrapping

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Months of Shopping can turn into minutes of blissful mayhem and piles of paper in the middle of the floor during holiday family gatherings and gift exchanges. Searching for the perfect gift wrapping paper to coordinate with your decorations can be daunting as well as expensive–all to just be crumpled up and shoved into a giant trash bag. Why not try something different this year when it comes to wrapping your gifts? Unique and thoughtful presentations that dazzle and delight can also become keepsakes and hold many special memories of celebrations. Here are 10 creative alternatives to traditional gift wrapping that can add an extra special sentiment to your holidays! 

1. Baskets – Everyone loves a gift basket. Local thrift shops usually have baskets in all shapes and sizes. Add some cute tissue paper and a fabric bow and you’re all set.

2. Wallpaper – Leftover wallpaper scraps can be put to use instead of being thrown away. Wallpaper is beautiful for gift wrapping and is a unique way to take your gift giving presentation to the next level.

3. Newspaper – Use the black and white stuff or grab the comic section for more colorful wrap. Use some simple red twine and a sprig of evergreen to create a classic yet fun look.

4. Tins or Jars – Mason jars make the ultimate gift container. Grab a reusable tin or can with a lid, and they work especially well for food gifts.

5. Reusable Net Bags – There are many tutorials online that will show you how to whip up gift bags of all sizes using net or cheesecloth bags. No tape required. Just gather the fabric and polish it with beautiful ribbon.

6. Fabric Scraps – Not handy with a sewing machine? Then use fabric scraps instead. Gather the fabric around your gift and then tie it off with a gorgeous bow. Burlap is especially rustic and charming, and satins and lace can add elegance and personal flair.

7. Pillow Cases – Inexpensive pillow cases are a great alternative for larger gifts. Tie them off with a tassel cord for an innovative alternative.

8. Maps – Maps can add a classic, vintage flair to your presents. Use them to wrap a gift for the world traveler on your list or to even suggest a visit or special vacation.

9. Towels, Blankets or Scarves – Wrap up your kitchen-themed gift with a set of dish towels or nestle baby gifts inside a soft, baby blanket. Vintage scarves from a thrift store also make a stunning presentation to your fashionista friend.

10. Feed Sacks – Feed sacks are the perfect wrapping for the shabby chic folks on your list. Burlap sacks are a creative way to naturally present your gift.  Adding fresh lavender or holly berries to your organic design is sure to put a twinkle in anyone’s eye. 



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