Gifts Dressed Up for the Holidays: Creative Christmas Wrapping Ideas

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For many of us, wrapping a present is as much fun as buying it, if not more; others feel “all thumbs” when it comes to packaging. Never fear: you’ll find ideas here to help you present a package that’s as pretty outside as the goodies inside! Make gift name tags with construction paper; cut it out in the shape of the recipient’s initial (don’t worry, there are stencils for that!), write his/her name on the “letter,” and voila — a striking name and gift tag. You’ve got to love a “warm winter wishes” tag and ribbon that actually looks like a pair of gloves — or gingham-inspired wrapping paper in prints and plaids. Match ordinary brown paper with “burlap,” linen, or lacy bows, snowflake accents, or cinnamon sticks, and it’s not ordinary anymore!

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At a loss for a bow? A sprig of holly or evergreen, a pine cone, or even a paper or tissue flower will do nicely. And wrapping doesn’t only have to be red or green — striped paper in greens, blues, and purples looks great when trimmed with a soft purple bow, and floral paper in a variety of colors gets just the right “Christmas touch” with candy-striped ribbon. Do likewise with black and white, cranberry or raspberry pink, or any shade of blue. Trim a plain box with yarn in rainbow colors, red felt flowers, or wide green ribbon over lace. The sky’s the limit: you can feel free to use paper, fabric, knitted “caps,” fabric roses, cutouts from a favorite book page, even clothespins to accent your packages…and have fun with wrapping this year!

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).