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9 Nifty Ideas for Unconventional Holiday Gift Wrapping

Presentation is everything, and it’s definitely true when it comes to holiday gift wrapping. Since gifts can sit beneath a tree for weeks at a time, making them pretty only adds to the beauty of the holiday season.

So, if you want to wrap your gifts with a little flare, creativity, and importantly, with an unconventional twist, consider these 9 tips! Some are eco-friendly, others feature reusable elements, but all of them will enhance your gift wrapping acumen.

1) A Bread Bag

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What makes a burlap sack a good bread bag? It helps your homemade bread breathe.

And no, we’re not talking about the plastic bag that bread comes in at the grocery store. This bread bag concept is typically used for homemade bread, made of either cotton or linen, and closes at the top with a drawstring.

As a fan of giving gifts that are edible and reusable, this sort of bread bag is perfect for the pounds of coffee, chocolates, and flowers to use for natural dyes i give as holiday gifts. Simply attach a tag to the drawstring to say who it’s from, and gift wrapping becomes part of your gift!

2) Painted Butcher Paper

Pick up some butcher paper made from recycled materials, and pull out the paints and paint brushes. Have fun painting holiday motifs such as stars, holly branches, or bows. Get the kids involved and make it even more whimsical. The wrapping will be so gorgeous that your loved ones won’t want to throw it away!

3) Reusable Grocery Bag

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Don’t look for a holiday-themed grocery bag. Get something colorful that can be used year-round!

Similar to a bread bag, a reusable grocery bag is something your gift recipient can use again and again after unwrapping the gift. Place your gift inside, and tie the two handles together with a bow. Gift bags are colorful and fun, so they’ll look right at home under your tree.

4) Fabric Scraps

Use extra pieces of cloth from around your home that are especially unique – think old shirts with funky logos and patterns. Wrap them your gift to create a satchel, simply gather them scraps at the top, and tie with a bow. This is especially great for quilters or crafty types in your life. You might see the fabric turn up in one of their projects!

5) Glass Jars

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A glass jar with a snap lid is also a good choice!

If you’re giving a gift that is edible, or something that isn’t huge, consider using a jar as the gift wrapping! Using a “mason” style jar is popular these days, but any glass jar will give that person an item that can be used again and again.

6) Dish Towel

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A lovely dish towel is so multi-functional – and more personal than you might think.

Wrap your kitchen-themed gift for the cook in your life with a new dish towel that suits their personality. Wrap it the same way you would wrap a gift using conventional wrapping paper, but skip the tape and just wrap with a large bow. Gorgeous and functional!

7) Sheet Music

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While we don’t recommend buying new sheet music just to rip it up for gift wrapping, feel free to scour used book stores for your materials.

Are you a musician, or do you know one? Make your gift whimsical by wrapping it in music notes! Sheet music is visually beautiful, and choosing the right piece can be a good conversation starter.

8) Potato Stamps

Another fun way to doll up the butcher paper from Tip #2 or when making your own wrapping paper is to cut a potato in half, and carve a fun motif into it. Using acrylic paint, Dip your potato into acrylic paint and stamp across your paper. Unique and fun wrapping made easy!

9) Decorating with Nature

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This is your chance to really up your gift wrapping game.

Rather than using plastic ribbon around your gifts, use natural fibers like jute or wool instead, as they can be reused for other craft projects. To make your gift wrapping decorations even prettier, use a small piece of pine tree, a fir cutting from your Christmas tree, or berries from a holly branch, and affix them with the string or wool at the top of the gift. This brings a gorgeous, authentic vibe to the wrapping, and your friends won’t want to open them!

Do you have any recommendations for fun, crafty, and unconventional holiday gift wrapping? Share with us in the comments!

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.