Christmas could be one of the most beautiful times of the year if there wouldn’t be the annual stress about Christmas presents and the right Christmas gift packaging – it should be beautiful and creative at the same time.
But often the joy of the beautifully wrapped gifts is short-lived. Because after the joyful unpacking of the presents, a mountain of plastic, colourful printed paper, bows and ribbons is left over.
A guilty conscience overshadows the day after Christmas at the thought of the unnecessary waste of raw materials and the resulting rubbish.
The solution: sustainable Christmas gift wraps
Don’t worry if you are not completely convinced yet. At the end of the article, you will certainly think differently.
Sustainable and eco-friendly gift-packagings do not have to look boring and monotonous at all. They usually surpass the regular colourful packaging by worlds, as they often are much more elegant and creative.
In the following, I have picked out 50 Christmas gift wrap ideas for you that turn your gifts into real eye-catchers without unnecessarily burdening the environment.
But first, I will give you a few tips on which materials to use and how you wrap your gifts beautifully.
Suitable as gift packaging materials:
- recyclable neutral gift wrapping paper (e.g. brown parcel paper / but meanwhile it is also available in different colours)
- newspapers or Music sheets
- disposable jars
- old cartons
There are no limits to the decor as long as the materials are natural or recyclable. You can use:
- raw materials like dried oranges and apples, twigs, nuts
- figures made of wood or fabric
- spices like cinnamon sticks or cloves
- recyclable paper for decoration
- recyclable straws
- natural ribbons
- fir branches, dried flowers
- homemade biscuits
Additionally, you will need:
- a scissor
- white lime pencils
- other pens you like to decorate with
To wrap your Christmas gifts in an individual, creative and harmonious way, I have the following five tips for you. These will make your presents the highlight under the Christmas tree.
1. Pick a colour scheme for your gift wraps.
Choose a suitable colour scheme for your gift wrap. On the one hand, this looks more elegant than a colourful, inconsistent heap of gifts, on the other hand, you don’t have to buy a lot of paper and thus save on material. Decide on a maximum of three primary colours and/or patterns for your colour scale, which you can then enhance with small highlights in other colours.
For a cohesive feel, choose a gift wrap theme that complements the rest of your holiday decor. For example: If your home or Christmas tree is decorated in gold, silver and black, you should also choose your wrapping paper in line with the colour scheme. Mixing and matching different scales and styles of patterns additionally help to create interest. Whether you decide to use multiple colours of paper or stick to just one, picking a colour scheme is the simplest way to up the ante.
2. Add greenery and natural materials.
Your gifts do not have to be without decoration. An easy way to make your present unique is by using twigs, dried fruit, straw or nuts. You not only avoid the unnecessary waste of more wrapping paper, countless bows and Christmas balls but also give your gifts that special something. The most suitable greens are evergreens, holly or eucalyptus because they dry out well and don’t lose their colour as quickly as some other greens do.
3. Rope, yarn and ribbon.
And of course, you don’t have to do without all these things. There are also natural ribbons that you can use instead of the colourful plastic ones. Use them to hang individual name cards or messages on your gifts, to attach your branches or to try out different binding techniques. Not every gift has to be tied the same way. There are endless styles you could try to add a special touch to any present.
4. Personalised name tags.
Name tags do not always have to be hung on the gift as a boring card. Get creative and write the name in a nice hand-lettering font directly on the present, stick a photo of the presentee on the packaging or hide the recipient’s name in a word search that you customise for each person. In the following packaging ideas, you will certainly find inspiration that you can put into practice.
5. Creative gift wrapping paper.
Besides regular recyclable paper, you can also use fabrics, glasses, newspapers or music sheets. Or you simply design your own wrapping paper. You can use a sharpie to draw and doodle, splatter paint for a fun, abstract look, or you can use stamps and sponges to print a pattern or phrase. It’s a cost-effective way to add your personality to any present.
Now it’s up to you!
Get inspired and put your own Christmas gift wrap ideas into practice.
I have divided the Christmas gift wrap ideas into different categories so you can find what you are looking for more quickly.
No matter what your gifts are going to look like, I wish you and your recipient a Merry Christmas and a lot of joy when you open them!
And if you are still looking for the right presents, you are welcome to take a look at my gift guides. I´m sure you´ll find the right gifts for your loved ones.
- Presents with a Personal Touch
- Gifts Wraps with Twigs and Natural Materials
- Black, White & Natural Gift Wraps
- Minimalist Christmas Gift Wrapping
- Gift Packaging with Pictures
- Christmas Gifts in Glass Jars
- Gift Packaging made of Fabric
- Music Sheet & Newspaper Gift Wrapping
- Snowflakes & Reindeers Gift Wraps
1. Presents with a Personal Touch
Give your presents an extra personalised touch with letter boards, written and individualised wrapping paper, customised word searches, letter plates or other materials tailored to the recipient.
2. Gift Wraps with Twigs and Natural Materials
Branches, nuts and other raw materials are a great way to enhance and decorate your gifts. I love the idea of incorporating real greenery, and I think you will too.
3. Black, White & Natural Gift Wraps
This colour combination is incredibly simple and elegant. Add golden and silver accents and your gifts will be the highlight under the Christmas tree.
4. Minimalist Christmas Gift Wrapping
It does not always have to be colourful and unusual. Sometimes the simplest is simply the most beautiful.
5. Gift Packaging with Pictures
Instead of nameplates, you can simply use photos of the people you are giving the gifts to. Not only does it looks great, that way you also have two presents in one.
6. Christmas Gifts in Glass Jars
Disposable jars are great for giving away homemade and edible gifts. The glasses are not only suitable as gift wrapping but are also an excellent add-on for the kitchen equipment of the presentee.
7. Gift Packaging made of Fabric
Bring a little variety under the Christmas tree and leave out the wrapping paper at all. A good alternative is a piece of fabric that you tie together creatively. Take a look at the following illustration to choose the best technique for you.
8. Music Sheet & Newspaper Gift Wrapping
Do you still have old music sheets lying around or is your paper bin full? Then simply use these papers for your gift wrapping. It’s not only super beautiful but also totally sustainable.
9. Snowflakes & Reindeers Gift Wraps
If you want something a bit more unusual, then just try the snowflake or cute reindeer design. The pom-poms might look fiddly, but so worth it.
Sustainable giving can be so beautiful.
I hope you liked these Christmas gift wrap ideas and you were able to collect some nice inspirations for yourself. If not, you are welcome to visit my Pinterest Board: Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas. Maybe there you will find the right one for you.
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