15 Cute Gift Wrapping Ideas to Try for Any Occasion

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So, you’ve found the perfect (or just…an okay) gift for your mom, dad, sis, or S.O.—now what? You could just toss it in a random bag and add a lil tissue paper. (Snooze!) Or, you could take a few extra minutes and get creative with your gift wrapping. (Exciting!) Instead of settling for a below-average wrap job that’s not nearly as impressive as the present you’ve actually gifting, take it up a notch. After all, you want your prezzies to look great on the inside and the outside. And especially if you’re not thrilled with what’s in le package, you should make the wrapping stand out at the very least.

Coming up with unique gift wrapping ideas on your own isn’t easy, though. Unless you live on Pinterest 24/7, you’ll likely need a little inspo. Lucky for you (and your giftee), we’ve got you covered. Skip the bag this time and try one of the cute options, below—complete with tutorials and ways to shop supplies for each, obvi. Prepare to dazzle everyone with these beauts.

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1

Try Wrapping Cloths

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap

Skip the wrapping paper and go for reusable wrapping cloths instead. It’s an easy (and aesthetic) way to stay environmentally-friendly!

Get the tutorial on melissaselmin.com

2

Use Baking Soda Shapes & Greenery

Artificial Greenery

Create decorative shapes from baking soda and place them atop any present. If you’re wrapping holiday gifts, add some pretty (faux or real) greenery, too. 

Get the tutorial on tatertotsandjello.com

3

Try Some Twine

Colourful Twine

Twine is underrated, folks. Using it in lieu of ribbon gives your packages a rustic feel.

Get the tutorial on isabellathordsen.com

4

Layer It Up

Blobs of Joy Gift Wrap

Try layering different types of wrapping paper over another for a unique look. Experiment with two prints or go for a more minimalist vibe. The choice is yours, bb.

Get the tutorial on cleanandscentsible.com

5

Add Some Photos

Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Make your presents super memorable with an added personal touch: a photo! It could be a random picture or one of you and the giftee. The possibilities are endless.

Get the tutorial on thesefourwallsblog.com

6

Paint Your Own Ribbon

Multi Surface Acrylic Paint

Out of ribbon? No worries. Just use a lil bit of paint to add some flare to a plain gift. It might even be cuter than actual ribbon. Just saying.

Get the tutorial on mycakies.com

7

Add Some Faux Flowers

Real Natural Dried Pressed Flowers

Grab a glue gun, some faux florals, and get creative! Dried or plastic flowers look so pretty on top of a prezzie or two.

Get the tutorial on sugarandcloth.com

8

Use Cute Washi Tape

60 Rolls Glitter Washi Tape Set

Washi tape has so many great uses—including gift wrapping. I personally love the idea of creating candles with different patterns.

Get the tutorial on thelovenerds.com

9

Throw on Some Pom Poms

Fiesta Tassel & Pom Pom Garland by Like A Lion™

Pom poms are adorable on anything, but they’re especially perfect for making presents look extra fun. 

Get the tutorial on naturallife.com

10

Go Vintage With It

60pcs Vintage Newspapers, Stickers, Letters

Gather up old papers (or snag a pack of cool vintage finds to use) and start wrapping. Your gifts will have an instant old-school feel.

Get the tutorial on thediymommy.com

11

Use Stick-On Letters

Stick-On Vinyl Letters and Numbers

Use whatever wrapping paper you like, then add on fun sayings with stick-on letters. Write out a phrase or even just the giftee’s name for a personal touch.

Get the tutorial on studiodiy.com

12

Use the Actual Gift

Gold Bracelet

Wrapping a present with the actual present? Iconic. Tie ribbon to a bracelet or other piece of jewelry on the outside of the box to really impress everyone. 

Get the tutorial on sarahhearts.com

13

DIY With Yarn

20 Acrylic Yarn Skeins

There’s a million-and-one different ways to utilize yarn, and plenty of those work great for gift wrapping. 

Get the tutorial on hobbycraft.co.uk

14

Add a Wax Seal

Monogram And Wreath Wax Seal Stamp

There’s something so luxe about wax seals, and they look as amazing on gifts as they do on envelopes.

Get the tutorial on misterrobinson.co

15

Sweeten the Deal

Peppermint Candy Canes

If you wanna make your presents really sweet, top them off with some candy. You can use different items depending on the occasion (like candy canes for the holidays or your giftee’s fave treat for their birthday).

Get the tutorial on halfbakedharvest.com

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