6 Creative Ways to Wrap Christmas Gifts

Stop wasting your money on store bought Christmas gift wrapping paper! These are more fun and creative ways to wrap your presents, and they’re FREE.

not store bought gift wrapping paper

A Christmas gift, re-wrapped with wrapping paper already used (my husband’s favourite way to wrap Christmas gifts!).

Before the tips, a quip: “Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas,” said Kin Hubbard.

If you give a kid a useful Christmas present, he might like the wrapping paper better than the gift itself — especially if the gift wrap is fun and creative!

If you need a better way to organize and store your Christmas gift wrap (and you don’t want to dump it all in a big cardboard box, like I do), get the Rubbermaid Gift Wrap Organizer. It’s amazing — it keeps your scissors, tape, bows, ribbons, and gift card labels all in one place. This is a great Christmas gift idea for people who love the holidays!

Here are six creative ideas for gift wrap…

6 Creative Ways to Wrap Christmas Gifts

It’s crucial to plan ahead! If you leave things until the last minute, you’re more likely to rush out and buy glitzy, expensive, ugly gift wrapping paper. Instead, start early and make wrapping gifts part of the Christmas holiday experience.

1. Use mandarin orange boxes as gift boxes. “I save our clementine boxes every year and reuse them to create gorgeous gift baskets,” says Meghan. “You can shred paper or paper bags to use as stuffing. Just top it off with a recycled bow from last Christmas and you’re set to go with an eco-friendly gift!” For a festive look, you can paint, colour, or paste natural decorations on the outside of the box. This is a great way to save money at Christmas, too.

2. Stuff gifts inside other gifts. Wrap gift cards in fluffy socks or slippers, or fold a cookbook into an apron. Shawls, scarves, towels, and afghans – tied up with a pretty bow or ribbon – are creative, practical ways to enclose holiday gifts. Travel mugs, ceramic coffee cups, bicycle helmets, and beach or garden pails are also empty vessels to begging to be filled.

3. Dig out your old maps, calendars, and comic books. Your calendar will be history soon, so put it to good use now! A creative Christmas gift wrap idea is to wrap your presents in an assortment of old calendars, outdated maps, glossy magazine pages, and newspapers.

4. Use hemp, silk, or cotton tote bags as wrapping paper. Those cloth bags are great Christmas “wrapping paper” that can later be used for library books, groceries, and odds ‘n ends in the car (I keep a tote bag of full water bottles so we never drive thirsty). Or, make your own cloth tote bags out of red, white, and green material – my hubby even sews drawstrings into his.

5. Find exotic recycled paper to use as holiday gift wrap. Mr. Ellie Pooh is an organization that recycles Sri Lankan elephant dung into stationery, crafts, and wrapping paper – without using toxic chemicals or depleting natural resources. Look in your local stores or Christmas craft fairs for recycled, sometimes handmade, ideas for wrapping gifts.

6. Use kids’ art projects as Christmas wrapping paper. Children’s art projects can make sentimental yet simple Christmas gift wrap. If you don’t already have “wrapping paper” taped up on your fridge, set the kids up with recycled paper, paint, and crafts. Their Christmas chore is to make wrapping paper for the whole family…while you relax with a hot apple cider.

If you haven’t done all your Christmas shopping yet, read What to Give Your Husband for Christmas – 9 Creative Gift Tips.

And if you have any ideas for creative Christmas gift wrap, please share below!

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Shalom! I can't give you advice, but please feel free to share your thoughts below. I'm a writer in Vancouver; my degrees are in Psychology, Education, and Social Work. I live with my husband, two dogs, and cat. We can't have children, and we trust in God's love, grace, and wisdom. Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28.

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11 Responses

  1. Nannette says:

    Figuring out unique gift ideas you’ve desired for all those special occasions isn’t easy for most people. I like the gift wrap suggestions because they add to the personal touch of gift giving. It’s genuine and thoughtful!

  2. crazywrapper says:

    Every year I wrap one present in an odd way that stands out from the others. One year I used different types of beer cans and last year I used freshly fallen colorful leaves from the front yard which fell just before Christmas. I came to this website looking for ideas more along this line but all of the above seem a little more conventional.

  3. Sammy says:

    Being creative means coming up with different methods you can use when gift wrapping. Through this your recipient will be able to appreciate your gift even more, for this signifies that you had really spend lots of time for it to look beautiful! These gift wrapping ideas will help do that, so thank you!!!!

  4. CreativeFluff says:

    Wow, Its great to find new ideas for christmas, especially DIY, Potpurri is always a good idea! Haha

  5. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:


    Thanks for taking the time to comment! These are some of my favorite ideas for Christmas gift wrap, because I don’t like buying expensive wrapping paper.

  6. Justin says:

    I like the ideas you have about using out of date material for paper wrap, we in time past to save money have used Christmas cards from prior years and cut pieces out for gift tags which work and look really well. At theornamentcollection.com there are some neat gift ideas.

  7. Cellophane Wrap says:

    Thanks for great ideas! It’s good that it’s inexpnesive while you can creat adrable gift wrap with your own idea. This is fun! 😀

  8. Charissa - The Gifted Blog says:

    I found your post while doing research for my own blog about gift wrapping (www.thegiftedblog.com). I like your ideas, especially the clementine boxes since those are in season around the holidays anyway.

    I am definitely of the mindset that you don’t need to spend much to make your gifts beautifully presented! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Michelle says:

    These are great ideas for Christmas gift wrap, thanks! I like to wrap my gifts in scarves, hats, and mittens :-)

  10. candygiftbaskets says:

    Great tips. I prefer to use the gift bags. Not only you can save on buying the wrapping papers, the recipient can recycle the gift bags.

    You can sew the gift bags with many different fabrics and sizes. If you are planning to do that, Martha Stewart has some great ideas. You can also hang on the Christmas tree. They are so beautiful and charming.

  11. candygiftbaskets says:

    Great tips. I prefer to use the gift bags. Not only you can save on buying the wrapping papers, the recipient can recycle the gift bags.

    You can sew the gift bags with many different fabrics and sizes. If you are planning to do that, Martha Stewart has some great ideas for that. You can also hang on the Christmas tree. They are so beautiful and charming.

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