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41 WOW-worthy Gift Wrapping Ideas for Beautifully Wrapped Presents

When you’ve taken the time and trouble to find the perfect gift, you should make sure the presentation is just as stunning. Just take a look at the magnificent wow-worthy gift wrapping ideas within this list for some ways to dress up parcels and packages in a unique and show-stopping way. Create a snowy winter wonderland, or turn boxes into animals…you could even disguise a rectangular box as a pack of pink bubble-gum. Most can be adapted to different holidays, too.

41 WOW-worthy Gift Wrapping Ideas for Beautifully Wrapped Presents

DIY Watermelon Wrapping Paper

DIY Watermelon Wrapping Paper


Add a summery vibe to any gift by decorating some plain paper with this awesome watermelon print. Super fun to do, all you need is red paint, green and black markers, and foam circles, and you can create these juicy looking slices all over sheets of crisp, white wrapping.
DIY Tape Bows

DIY Tape Bows


Create some classy glittery bows for parcels for any birthday or Christmas with this fun Duck Tape tutorial. Back the bows with a contrasting tissue paper color, and then create the bow as shown, before adding it to the matching ‘ribbon’ that’s wrapped around the gift.
DIY Emoji Gift Wrapping

DIY Emoji Gift Wrapping


This project is so much fun, and makes a great activity to do with the kids, too. Wrap boxes in yellow craft paper, and then add features to create different emojis. Using black, white, pink, and blue paper, you can attach eyes, mouths, tongues, and tears to really make recipients LOL.
Miniature Winter Scenes Gift Wrapping

Miniature Winter Scenes Gift Wrapping


A truly breath-taking way to give a stack of Christmas pressies, or even just one, this tutorial goes above and beyond normal presentation! By using miniature items like bicycles, park benches, trees and more, as well as True Snow, you can create a stunning winter scene to top off their gifts beautifully.
Animal Wrapping Paper

Animal Wrapping Paper


Most colors lend themselves to animals – black and white could be a penguin, for instance, or how about yellow for a kitten? This fabulous post will inspire you to turn your parcels into awesome animals with the clever use of a few paper props, either following the ones included or adapting your own.
Paper Straw Stars

Paper Straw Stars


Brown paper can look super classy when it’s decorated with unusual adornments, just like the paper straw stars in this example. Using red and white straws and matching baker’s twine, you can create this unusual decoration that could also be used to hang on a tree or in the window.
DIY Faux Flower Gift Topper Stickers

DIY Faux Flower Gift Topper Stickers


This idea is so simple, but it will add such a special touch to any gift. If you know their favorite flower, use those, and if not you could go for their favorite color or birth flower instead. Either way, by attaching them to the top of a wrapped gift, they look sensational.
Woven Paper Gift Topper

Woven Paper Gift Topper


Gift embellishments don’t have to be frilly or fancy to be effective – just take a look at these gorgeous woven paper gift toppers. Begin by choosing your color scheme, and you can weave a pattern using paper strips, before attaching it on and around the wrapped box.
Reindeer Stamp Gift Bags

Reindeer Stamp Gift Bags


If you have a rubber stamp in a festive design, you can turn even the plainest brown paper bag into a rustic and artsy way to give gifts. Add the stamp in the color of your choice to one side of the bag, then roll the top, punch holes, and add a twine bow.
Photo Magnet Gift Tags

Photo Magnet Gift Tags


Gift tags don’t really do much except let the recipient know who the gift is from – there’s rarely enough room to write even a short message! Make them much more personal by having some small photo magnets made, and attaching them to the parcel with some removable adhesive, instead.
Chalkboard Painted Gift Wrapping

Chalkboard Painted Gift Wrapping


Give a more organic edge to gift-wrapping this year by using some plain brown paper, and then painting a chalkboard label directly onto the paper. Keep it simple with a quick brush stroke, or get more creative with shapes, before writing your message in chalk and adding a sprig of pine.
Fabric Lace Gift Wrapping

Fabric Lace Gift Wrapping


Make a gift extra special by wrapping it in luxurious lace. Stunning to look at, the best way to achieve a flawless look is to use wrapping paper and lace in the same color and shade – using first the paper and then the lace – before finishing it off with a large, contrasting bow.
Kids Artwork Wrapping Papper

Kids Artwork Wrapping Papper


Wrapping paper doesn’t usually end up on the fridge door, but there’s a good chance that this one will! Made using a child’s original drawings and written message, this wrapping paper will mean more to them than the gift itself, and will become a treasured piece for grandparents and parents alike.
Paint Swatch Boxes

Paint Swatch Boxes


How cute are these little gift boxes? Very modern and bright, these boxes have been made using free paint swatches and double-sided tape, along with a knife, ruler, and cutting mat. Make them in random colors or match them to their favorites, or even to a newly decorated room’s exact décor.
Craft Paper and Boxwood Wreath Gift Wrap

Craft Paper and Boxwood Wreath Gift Wrap


Brown paper is so much more environmentally friendly than printed festive versions, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Take a look at this wonderful tutorial which shows you how to turn a plain package into something beautifully rustic by adding a real boxwood wreath and some burlap.
DIY Bottle Brush Car Gift Wrap

DIY Bottle Brush Car Gift Wrap


This idea is so much fun. There is a template of a car included in this post, and all you need to do is print it out, add snow, stick it to a white-wrapped parcel, and then attach a bottle brush Christmas tree to the top using some festive string.
DIY Bubblegum Gift Wrapping

DIY Bubblegum Gift Wrapping


Have some fun with this gift wrapping idea, which is especially good for anyone who enjoys chewing gum. By wrapping a rectangular box in silver paper and covering that with a narrower piece of pink, you can turn the gift into a packet of bubble-gum by adding the free downloadable printable.
Cardboard Box Snowman

Cardboard Box Snowman


You could use this idea to wrap three gifts up, or just use empty boxes to create a cute decorative snowman, but either way it’s a lot of fun. Using white paper as the snowman’s body, you can add in details such as buttons, carrot nose, hat, pipe, and scarf.
Simple Paper Bag Text Gift Wrap

Simple Paper Bag Text Gift Wrap


Steer away from the glitz and sparkle that is part and parcel of Christmas and create a more minimalistic way of wrapping gifts with this sweet and simple paper bag gift wrap. Stamp a simple message on the front, fold down the top, and thread some twine through two hole punches to secure.
DIY Christmas Tree Gift Wrapping

DIY Christmas Tree Gift Wrapping


Mother Nature provides a wealth of materials for decorating parcels, and they’re much more environmentally friendly than glitter, tinsel, and printed designs. Take some inspiration from the ideas in this blog, which use foliage to create some amazing gift wrapping ideas, like a real Christmas tree, or a conifer wreath.
Heart Cutout Wrapping

Heart Cutout Wrapping


Whether it’s specifically for Valentine’s Day, or you just want to add romance to a gift, these two wrapping ideas will provide that perfect finishing touch. The more elaborate of the two ideas, the cut-out hearts open to reveal a red glittery background, while a simpler version uses a tiny heart stamp.
Hand Painted Wrapping Paper

Hand Painted Wrapping Paper


This is a great way for kids to add their own flair to the festivities, while adults can be a little more creative; there’s no wrong way to complete this project. Take a roll of brown kraft paper, and use brushes and paints to add abstract patterns to the otherwise plain paper.
Sticker Message Gift Wrapping

Sticker Message Gift Wrapping


Find some really funky wrapping paper and add your own quirky touches by using some of the ideas in the blog post. By using letter stickers, pompoms, ribbons and more, you can turn an ordinary gift into one that looks almost too cool to open, without going to massive expense.
DIY Duct Tape Bow Gift Garland

DIY Duct Tape Bow Gift Garland


These tiny Duct Tape bows are absolutely adorable, and will look amazing strung around a special gift. Super simple to make, you can stick to a color scheme or go all out with a multitude of colors and patterns, then attach them to some twine and wrap them around the package.
Reindeer Thumbprints Gift Wrapping

Reindeer Thumbprints Gift Wrapping


Make gift wrapping a family affair this year by making this ultra-cute reindeer wrapping paper. Using brown or white paper as the base, have the kids make red and green thumbprint reindeer faces, then draw on the features and antlers, before adding red pompoms for a nose Rudolph would be proud of.
Marshmallow World Wrapping Paper

Marshmallow World Wrapping Paper


Pompoms make everything better, because who can resist smiling when they see these fuzzy little balls of color, right? Majorly simple to do, this project needs just kraft paper, pompoms, and glue. Use red and white for Christmas, yellow for Easter, or a riot of hues for someone who loves bright things.
DIY Christmas Boxes with Stencils

DIY Christmas Boxes with Stencils


Forget wrapping paper and gift bags and use a different method of concealing their gift this year. Paper mache boxes cost very little from craft stores, but once they have been decorated, they make stunning packaging and can even be used to store items long after the event has finished.
DIY Polka Dot Gift Wrapping

DIY Polka Dot Gift Wrapping


Follow the instructions in this post and you will have a most unusually-wrapped gift to give to a colleague, friend, or loved one. Using craft paper, clear cellophane, and large colored paper circles, you can create this unique and totally funky gift wrap idea – there are even free downloadable tags included.
Fruit Gift Tags

Fruit Gift Tags


Buttons can be used for a variety of craft projects, but have you ever thought about using them to make fruity gift tags? This post shows you how awesome they look, and also includes a link to the full tutorial, so you can make delightfully tropical gift tags to add to plain, understated parcels.
Washi Tape Gift Wrapping

Washi Tape Gift Wrapping


Put washi tape to good use and apply it to plain white paper to add instant pizazz and color. This post shows you two examples – using straight lengths or geometric shapes – but you can go wild with your own creativity. There are even free printable gift tags included, too.
Book Page Gift Wrapping

Book Page Gift Wrapping


Add a literary spin to a Christmas gift by copying this simple but oh so effective book page gift wrapping idea. You can use any random page or maybe one from their favorite book (from a thrift store, not their coveted copy) and make a tree shape before decorating with tiny bells.
DIY Stamp Wrap

DIY Stamp Wrap


This totally genius idea will transform the way you decorate parcels forever – it’s super addictive and so effective, too. By adding craft foam Christmas trees to a lint roller, you can create an entire festive scene on paper, which can be further enhanced by adding stars to the sky.
Santa Gift Wrapping

Santa Gift Wrapping


If you have a Cricut, this project will be a breeze, but even without one you can recreate some of these idea by cutting the shapes by hand. There’s the jolly Santa with his iconic belt, the delightful reindeer with his bright red nose, or how about the holly-decorated parcel with a glittery monogram?
Tassle Gift Tags

Tassle Gift Tags


Whether you’ve run out of tags or you are trying to keep the season as homemade as possible, these gift tags are for you. There are two designs available, and they’re totally free to download and print at home. Choose from the red or the green (or both) and your wrapping is complete.
Money Balloons

Money Balloons


Here’s a fun way of presenting a money gift – roll up the bills and place them inside a balloon full of confetti! As long as there’s enough helium, the balloons will still float, and when they pop there’s the added excitement of a shower of beautiful confetti.
Gingerbread House Paper Bags

Gingerbread House Paper Bags


Gingerbread houses are an iconic part of the holiday season, so why not incorporate them into the way you wrap your gifts? All you need are brown paper bags, twine, and white puffy paint and you can let loose by adding cute and curly details with the puffy paint ‘icing’.
DIY Hand Lettered Holiday Wrapping Paper

DIY Hand Lettered Holiday Wrapping Paper


Download the free printable practice sheet so you can perfect your lettering, and then use it to create this beautiful hand lettered holiday wrapping. Use brown craft paper (which is better for the environment), and write Christmas lyrics, quotes, or messages right across the width using a refillable paintbrush and ink.
Paper Cutout Wrapping Accents

Paper Cutout Wrapping Accents


Use a Cameo or a craft punch to create some Christmas shapes in contrasting colors and patterns, and then simply attach them to gift wrapped parcels to turn plain into panache. Reindeer, snowflakes, and snowmen are all good choices, and you can adapt the idea for other occasions, too.
Rhinestone Gift Wrapping

Rhinestone Gift Wrapping


Add more than a touch of glitz and glamor to a special occasion by adorning a gift with some glittering rhinestones. Use self-adhesive gems for ease, and arrange them in a pretty pattern on the top of the gift, before finishing them off with a complementing ribbon or bow.
Ticket Gift Wrapping

Ticket Gift Wrapping


Here’s a quick and easy way to add nostalgia and a vintage vibe to a gift – admission tickets! You can use them to cover an entire gift, or how about creating an elaborate bow using more than one color for contrast? Fun and eco-friendly, it will make your gifts really stand out!
Diy Colorful Garland Wrapping

Diy Colorful Garland Wrapping


How about making this stunning garland to wrap around your gifts this year? Totally unusual, the circles are punched from metallic colored scrapbook paper, and then stung together using a sewing machine to create a delightful embellishment that adds the right amount of glitz.

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