Monday, December 14, 2009

Decorating Holiday Presents

Many times I go the easy route of not actually wrapping presents.  I end up putting them in gift bags with some tissue paper and I am done.  This year, I decided to mainly wrap the gifts but things got a little too busy so I didn't get as creative as I would have liked to with my wrapping. 

Although I have not been as creative with my gift wrapping, I do enjoy seeing others gift wrapping ideas and am very impressed with what some people do with their presentations.  There are times that I honestly prefer looking at the gift rather than wanting to know what is inside of it; it can be too pretty to unwrap. 

So, hopefully you all get inspired to be a bit more creative than I was this year.  If not, I hope you get a gift from someone else who was inspired to get creative with their gift decorating. 

Either way, here are some ideas to get you started. 
  • Wrap the box or gift in pretty ribbon.
  • Add raffia as a ribbon around the present.
  • Use felt cloth to create a fortune cookie and put paper or the "fortune" in it to say who the gift is going to.  You can even wrap the gift in Chinese takeout menus.
  • Use ornaments as a secondary gift to put on top of the gift.
  • Flowers, pinecones or berries can also be added on top of the gift.
  • Create a snowman theme by using cotton balls.  Use gift wrap in a solid color and then glue the cotton balls all over the present and then on the top create a snowman with a hat and scarf.
  • Continue with a cotton ball themed gift by creating a scene on the gift.  You could use the cotton balls as clouds and attach felt patterns on plain gift wrap to make a house, a tree or whatever you want your picture to represent.
  • Make it a themed present, if the gift is a remote control airplane or car, you can wrap the gift using a road map. 
  • Make a paper fan or snowflakes - just like the ones we created as children - and use it embellish the top of a gift.  
  • Cut out a Christmas tree, gingerbread man or a star from a single color felt paper (use a cookie cutter to get the right shape) and then place on the gift wrap.
  • Use one holiday themed cookie cutter on top of a wrapped present; just attach it to the ribbon to keep sturdy.
  • For the grandparents, wrap gifts with their grandchild's artwork.
  • If you know a hobby that the person the gift is going to enjoys, you can make it unique just for them.  For someone who enjoys creating art, attach a paint brush to the top of the present.  For someone who enjoys reading, attach a bookmark as the label.  For someone who enjoys to sew, add buttons all over the present.
  • If you want a flashy gift (just add a red ribbon) or you simply ran out of gift wrap, go to your kitchen and get some aluminum foil and use that as wrapping paper.
  • Another idea if you run out of wrapping paper, wrap your gift using newspaper and just add a colorful bow or ribbon and your problem has been solved.  They will think you are so creative, when you simply ran out of gift wrap!
  • For kid gifts, attaching small gloves to the top of the gift would be a cute idea.  You could even add a scarf to use as a big ribbon.
  • Use a jump rope as ribbon.
  • As you see the ideas are endless!
If you chose to get creative yourself, here are some items that you may want to keep on hand:
  • Glue (Elmers or fabric, depending on what you will be using)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Bows
  • Labels
  • Pen or markers
  • Felt
  • String
  • Foil
  • Wrapping paper
  • Road maps
  • Embellishments (pinecones, cottonballs, cookie cutters, berries, etc.)
Enjoy your week ahead!



Myron said...

This is really good. I hope to use some of these ideas when I wrap Christmas gifts this year!!

Good job Marlin...You are so talented!!!! :-)

Organize Me...Pretty said...

Thank you! :-)

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