Gift giving is one of my all-time favorite parts of this time of year, and wrapping them up is a close second. If you have been following along for a while, you know my love of all things natural. Any chance I get to use elements from nature to decorate or get creative, I jump at it. That is no different with Christmas wrapping! Every year I try and find some way to incorporate natural elements into our wrapping and have even clipped some leaves from our trees in past years.
As much as I love getting to wrap gifts, I also don’t want to spend a gazillion years wrapping them, so I have found a system that helps me buy what I need, keep everything looking lovely, and also don’t overcomplicate things.
STICK WITH JUST A FEW TYPES OF PAPER
This year I stuck with my usual "natural" look but also added a touch of holiday glam with some paper with navy and gold polka dots. I’m choosing just to do two different types of wrapping paper this year, but in the past, I have done a couple more. I like for all of my presents to coordinate so I usually choose papers in the same color scheme or colors that coordinate and I choose a solid color and two patterns that go with it. This makes everything cohesive under the tree which makes the tree look even more festive and beautiful. The solid mixed with the patterns also keeps it from getting too busy.
CHOOSE ACCESSORIES THAT GO WITH ALL YOUR PAPER
Are “accessories” what we call the ribbon and bling that go on top?
Anywho, going with the more natural look makes this part pretty easy. Natural elements such as pine cones, greenery, and natural-colored twine go with a variety of different styles and this year it helped tie everything together. Since I added a little more shine to my wrapping, I also bought some gold bells to tie in the gold from the wrapping paper. I stick with the same “accessories” for all my packages, but I just change it up a bit. Some packages may just have greenery, some have greenery and a pine cone, some will have all of the elements, etc.
If you are going the ribbon route, I would choose a couple different types of ribbon and add in some fun little ornaments or other cute items to tie onto your gifts.
I also try and make tags every year to put on my gifts. This year I made a variety of tags that look great printed on white paper or kraft paper and guess what?! I have included them in a printable for you at the bottom of this post! There are eleven different tags and will add that little extra something that your package needs.
Now get out there and get to gift giving!