Wrapping presents is one of my favorite things to do during Christmas time. I used to dream of being a wrapper in those department store booths. I mean, all those different beautiful papers to choose from, amazing ribbons and bows, a full tape dispenser, and a large flat, clean surface perfect for wrapping — could it get any better? 
Sadly, when it comes down to it, I typically don’t put a ton of effort into beautifully wrapped gifts because I just don’t have the time or the right materials. But it turns out that you don’t need a ton of big fancy materials to make beautifully wrapped gifts! I came up with four super easy wrapping ideas, each with materials you probably already have at your house, and used the gorgeous custom wrapping paper that Minted kindly sent me — see our cute faces on there? So no excuses for poorly wrapped presents this year!
1. Add some greenery.  
Probably every single one of you has a wreath, garland, or a plant somewhere in your home or front yard. Wrap up your gift, tie it with a pretty ribbon, and then add a little sprig of greenery. Extra points if it’s fresh! It’s simple, but beautiful. 
minted merry calligraphy wrapping paper // tia pan trading wribbon // sprig from Jo-Ann’s (stolen off my wreath)

2. Ornament Embellishments. 

I’m sure you all have extra ornaments lying around! These mini ones are perfect for a small gift, but the larger ones would also work great. Tie them together with a little bit of floral wire, add a sprig of greenery, and then secure them onto your ribbon.

minted handdrawn herringbone wrapping paper // mini christmas balls from jo-ann’s // gold ribbon stolen from See’s candy wrapping

3. Yarn Wrapped.

For a simple, rustic feel, take a couple yards of yarn and wrap it around the present, then tie in a bow at the front. This is a great wrapping idea for busier wrapping paper, like this  minted navy pine wrapping paper from Minted.

Minted Navy Pine Wrapping Paper // Michael’s thick yarn

4. Layered Look.

This is a perfect solution for the ends of your spools of ribbon that aren’t long enough to make a big nice bow. Cut a strip of burlap and layer it with a nice thick ribbon for a simple festive look. This could also look really cute with a bow in the center!

Now go make some pretty presents! 


  1. Very cute ideas! I love adding mini ornaments or sleigh bells to the gifts for a little bit of color!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

  2. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    These are all such cute ideas! I especially love the one with the little holiday bulbs!



  3. Ludivina Amezcua says:

    Love this post! Will def try them! Thanks 🙂


  4. Love these ideas, especially the yarn wrapped one! Your wrapping paper selection is so cute.

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