16 Favorite Easy Gift Wrapping Ideas (Many are Free!)
16 Christmas gift wrapping ideas & best hacks on how to make beautiful free gift wraps & easy gift bags in minutes with up-cycled materials!
You really don’t need special gift wrapping paper or ribbons to create beautiful and unique gift packages. Plain paper or recycled brown paper shopping bags with a little creativity can go a long way!
Let’s explore some of my favorite gift wrapping hacks such as last minute gift bags, repurposed wrapping paper, creative gift toppers and lots more!
Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here.
Beautiful Christmas gift wrapping with recycled brown paper bags
* Some resources in article are affiliate links. Full disclosure here .
There are lots of creative ways to wrap your gifts beautifully for free! Check out our detailed tutorial here!
Strings and greens: easy and beautiful gift wrapping ideas
Simple very inexpensive brown kraft paper packages made so charming with a few conifer clippings, pepper mint twine, retro stamped letters, and paint splattered snowy pine cones. ( Images from naturahome.hu, site is no longer active)
These snowy pine cones will make your gift wraps extra magical. Here are 3 super easy ways to make snow covered pine cones!
Creative DIY wrapping paper
Make some potato stamps with Christmas designs and print them on white kraft paper or brown kraft paper . Use a Christmas cookie cutter to help with the carving, or draw the shapes by hand. ( Source)
This one of a kind potato stamp printed Christmas gift wrapping paper looks so stylish! ( Source )
Trace and cut large letters from old book pages and make customized gift wrap with names on them. You can also use letter stencils like these to trace the letters. ( Source )
Decorate your gift wrap with Christmas trees and stars
Lovely DIY Christmas tree art on gift packages made with simple objects such as twigs, and colorful strings and yarns. ( Via fellowfellow.com Site no longer active)
This tutorial shows you how to make festive Christmas stars from paper straws and baker’s twine for your gift wrapping.
Instant gift bags from gift wrapping paper
Need a last minute gift bag? Here’s a super fast and easy way to make gift bags from any paper : check out the secret hack and tutorial!
Another way to re-use some gift wrapping paper or any kind of paper like this brown kraft paper and make your own in just minutes! Tutorial here.
You may also love: 18 gorgeous DIY Christmas trees that are NOT trees!
DIY magazine paper gift bows
Can you guess what these lovely gift bows are made of? (Source )
Mini wreaths gift wrapping ideas
DIY mini wreaths make the perfect gift topper here.
Cut out a cardboard ring and glue some evergreen clippings to make these darling mini wreaths. ( Source )
Christmas art gift wrapping ideas
Make a Christmas tree on your gift packages using washi tape in just a few minutes. (Source)
Gift wrapping ideas with tassels and buttons
These boho style tassels are so charming! See how you can make them from crap yarns. ( Source )
These little buttons make it so much easier to tie a gift package! ( Source )
Christmas gift wrapping ideas with recycled brown paper bags
During the holiday season, many grocery stores have extra pretty designs on their paper bags. It’s a great idea to upcycle them into gift wraps. ( Source )
More festive ideas for you: 18 creative ways to use string lights for magical winter decorations!
Which gift wrap ideas are your favorite? Have creating! =)
Love these gift-wrapping ideas, especially the ones usisng evergreens. You are so clever, and I appreciate the inspiration. Thanks so much. May you have a beautiful Christmas season and Happy New Year.
Hi Barbara! thank you so much for your kind support as always!! wish you a merry Christmas and a magical 2022! 🙂
Wow! Amazing ideas. I’m going to make this year’s Christmas gift wrapping much more special!
Remember when I was young Mom use brown paper bas to cover all our school books If they got dirty or torn easy to replace .
oh i remeber wraping new text books too each year with my mom!! 😊💖
Thank you for sharing Nice gift wrapping idea. They are all gorgeous and creative.
Exceptional love them. Many thanks
Thank you for sharing those great ideas.
Love these ideas! The craft paper with string and sprigs of green is just gorgeous!
Wow, it’s so cute. I love these ideas.I like the gift wrap, into gift bag idea the most!
Love these ideas, they are all gorgeous and creative. Thank you for sharing! Gonna bookmark it to use for the Christmas this year ^^
I like the gift wrap, into gift bag idea the most! Awesome idea and I’m telling people about it.
Dear A Piece Of Rainbow,
You have a very inspiring Pinterestaccount and website!
I saw your Pin about wrapping paper. I am making a Adventcalender on my Facebookpage (www.facebook.com/chezbonl ) I am a dutch fooblogger. I shared your Pinphoto on my Facebook, ofcourse I mentioned your website, but please let me know if you don’t agree with me posting your pin on my Facebookpage, then I will remove it directly.
Bo van Gaal
thank you for mentioning my site, that would be fine! =)
I think I’ll use the potato xmas tree for stamping a white table cloth that I want to give to somebody as a gift, and maybe add some stars on it too. And of course, I’ll wrap the gift in paper with the same potato tree and stars pattern 🙂
Thank you for the great idea! 🙂 You are really inspiring. 🙂
Love all these! I am going to use the idea with their names cut out! So easy to see who the gift is for and it is really personal!
Wow, it’s so cute. I love these ideas. I’ll try for Christmas ! Thank you so much !
Very cute! I usually just slap some wrapping paper on it and call it good! Haha
I’m always looKing for different and more old fashioned ways of wrapping Christmas presents. Thank you so much for this post. It’s a keeper!
Amazing ideas Ananda…Always you have amazing ideas…
I’m sorry for my silence but I’m not well.. But I think to you ans I wish you a goog november in love.
So adorable and creative! My faves are the brown paper wraps and the newsprint names! What a way to make gifts more special! Pinning!
Omg! You make it look so easy! Great ideas, but somehow when i try to wrap it looks like a toddler’s work. Thanks for the tips, i need this post!
These are all amazing ideas! I will have to try some for Christmas!
How cute is this?! LOVE the idea of using straws.
Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com
Oh my goodness these wrapping hacks are SO creative and SO cute!! I love this post!
Definitely pinning. Love these ideas!
I’m totally blown away. I need to Pin this!
Too many cute ideas to absorb at once. I love the potato christmas tree!!
Brilliant! I love these ideas!
Oh my goodness I love the strings and greens! And this makes me want to make my own wrapping paper too!
Love all of these beautiful hacks. Me and wrapping gifts are not always 100% on the same team. I usually have my dad wrap most of my gifts and then my mom wrap my dad’s gifts. I do need to learn how to wrap presents better though. I will be saving this for later so I can go back to this awesome list!