Image: Garland of Grace
I love wrapping paper! No, seriously. I love wrapping paper. In fact, I’ve probably had the closest you can get to a giftwrap apprenticeship. Years ago, I worked at a stationery store where creating fabulous packages was part of the job description. The store’s manager was a set designer, illustrator, and generally artsy guy. He could whip up a beautiful bow in seconds, turning the most mundane gift into something spectacular.
Though my training was largely in traditional methods—perfectly creased paper bound with a bow—it’s always fun to experiment! And the holidays present a perfect time to think outside the box (pun intended). Here are five unconventional ideas to help your gifts stand out from the crowd.
1. Non-Traditional Patterned Paper
Image: One Kings Lane
Perhaps the easiest approach is to simply ignore the rules and wrap with paper that you truly love, no matter the palette or pattern. Red and green, blue and silver, stars and snowflakes… Yes, traditional themes can be fun, but why not venture outside the norm?
2. Reusable Wrapping Cloth
Image: The Souvenir Society
Okay. So now that we’re thinking beyond the status quo, ditch paper altogether with reusable wrapping cloth. It essentially becomes an extra gift that keeps on giving! Try premade cloths, like the one above, or create your own with unfinished fabric or a fabulous scarf.
3. Fashion-Inspired DIY
Image: The Artful Desperado
If you follow me here on the Interior Collective, you already know that I love anything fashion-inspired. This giftwrap idea by the Artful Desperado uses various fabrics and trimmings to recreate fashionable motifs. It’s as if he’s designing each package, not simply wrapping it. What could be better?
4. Brown Packing Paper and Just About Anything
Image: Garland of Grace
Brown packing paper is truly a win-win. Not only is it incredibly cost effective, but it’s a great foundation for oodles of giftwrap ideas. I once used brown paper, twine, and holly leaves from my neighbor’s yard. Lesson learned: holly leaves hurt! I recommend of sprig of greenery like the above.
5. Chalkboard-Inspired Doodles
Image: Going Home to Roost
This last idea combines two my favorite things: gift wrap and doodling. Who needs ribbon or doodads when you can draw on everything? I love the chalkboard theme above, but of course, it works with any plain paper.
How are you wrapping your gifts this year?