Just like you eat with your eyes first, sometimes the pull to open a certain gift is in the packaging… And it’s fun to play around with items from around the house to make gaily wrapped gifts extra pretty – and enticing.
One of the ways I like to wrap gifts that are being shipped is using Christmas glitter yarns in place of ribbon. Take several lengths of yarn held together and wrap around a package horizontally, and then crisscross the yarn in the back to wrap vertically. Finish off with a bow tie trimming the ends. And it doesn’t matter if the package shifts in its container. It still looks pretty. And trimming it with a pretty fridgie that creates an additional gift unto itself. Even coasters make a great addition to dressing up a package.
I also find that garlands are so pretty wrapped around packages in place of ribbon. The recipients not only get a pretty wrapped gift, but the garland can be added to their Christmas tree!
One year I trimmed gifts with Hershey kisses. The pretty colored foil wrappers make them festive to use and you can glue them in place on top of the package in various shapes from Christmas trees to bells, even wreaths! Or you can try a mix of Herhsey’s Christmas wrapped candies to add the perfect touch to a bow. Click here for more ideas from Hershey’s! They even offer printables for making your own unique candy bar wrappers! How cool is that?
The use of candy canes tucked into bows or glued in place using two in a heart-shape add another dimension to gift wrapping. Other items to use include doilies, Christmas stockings, gift bags filled with candy or candy canes etc.