Gift wrapping can be a pain (that’s why so many shops offer to do it for you) – but we’ve got some ways you can actually turn it into an art, and have fun doing it. Check out these tried-and-true gift-wrapping techniques for a well-kept look that’s easy to achieve and sure to get noticed!
2020 will go down as a lot of things but ostentatious is probably not one of them. Consider these minimal and intentionally understated, yet stylish wrapping ideas:
- Burlap Bags: Get a simple yet put together look for small and big items alike. Just add a ribbon, optional jingle bell and gift tag! We recommend checking out all the different options on Amazon and Etsy.
- Kraft Paper: For a clean look with just a ribbon and bow or grab a permanent marker and red pom pom to score this fun and playful look, as seen on Emily Henderson’s blog. Plus, no gift tag necessary, just grab a Sharpie.
- Natural Jute Twine: The key here is to use a solid color of wrapping paper, so natural jute twine shows up.
- Moody: Consider monochrome color blocking from start to finish. Try different textures, like a matte or faux leather wrapping paper paired with a foil polka dotted ribbon. Gold, purple and blue can all feel dramatic too.
- Elegant: Invite your kiddos outside to help you gather foliage (think evergreen sprigs, pinecones, red berries). Adding greenery (or flowers, such as Baby’s Breath) to a gift package is always Pinterest worthy. Complete the look with kraft paper and white twine or you can use the red and white baker’s twine.
Fun, Memorable (& Recycled):
Move over old books, newspapers and scarves, there are plenty of fun and memorable items laying around to recycle. You will need ribbon and candy canes to complete this look.
- Your Kid’s Artwork: Invite your kiddos outside to help you gather foliage (think evergreen sprigs, pinecones, red berries). Adding greenery (or flowers, such as Baby’s Breath) to a gift package is always Pinterest worthy. Complete the look with kraft paper and white twine or you can use the red and white baker’s twine.
- Upcycled Gingerbread House boxes: Let’s face it, the prettiest thing that came from your purchase may be the box. These colorful boxes come in all shapes and sizes and are just as much eye candy (see what I did there;) for adults as they are kiddos.
Wrapping Paper that Gives Back:
- Don’t forget you can purchase the coolest wrapping paper you’ll find anywhere while helping our city’s most vulnerable population this holiday season. The Curbside Chronicle’s annual Wrap Up Homelessness campaign features holiday designs from your favorite local artists, including Bek Barkocy, Cash Wheeler, Irmgard Geul, Jacob Vega, Jessica R. HarJo, Kristi Colbert, Lauren Steadly, No Parking Studios, Steven Silva and Thumy Phan. You can purchase the wrapping paper from Curbside Chronicle vendors at various local retailers, each weekend at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops or at wrapuphomelessness.org. It’s seriously THE coolest designs! Plus, 100% of the proceeds support The Curbside Chronicle and its mission to employ and empower men and women transitioning out of homelessness in Oklahoma City.
- Pro Tip: To maximize your time and overall look, we recommend picking one theme for all your holiday packaging.