Before you get started, here are some creative gift wrapping tips from popular crafting blogger, Cindy Hopper, founder of SkipToMyLou.org.
“I love wrapping holiday gifts – from little treasures like Dunkin’ Donuts(R) seasonal packaged coffee to bigger presents like kids’ toys and electronics – in unexpected and creative ways,” says Hopper. “You don’t need a lot of money, just some motivation and imagination, to create packaging that will make any gift recipient smile.”
* A touch of fun – Make packaging playful by adding a small toy like a jump rope as ribbon or jingle bells to the top of the gift.
* Tie two together– Have the gift and its wrapping complement one another. Place a bag of new Dunkin’ Donuts Gingerbread Cookie packaged coffee in a cookie jar. Present the Pumpkin Spice variety in a basket of mini-pumpkins, or serve Mocha Mint with a favorite chocolate bar.
* Keep a cushion – Replace packing peanuts with colorful tissue paper, blown up balloons or even wrapped candies, to create an eye-catching display when recipients open their package.
* Wrap it up – Instead of purchasing wrapping paper, see what’s available at home to use. Newspaper comics, wallpaper scraps or even pages from an old atlas or map make memorable gift wrap.
* Look to nature– Add a fresh flower, pretty shell or sprig of mistletoe for an elegant, outdoor element to any holiday gift.
* Contain yourself – Instead of the standard cardboard box, house gifts in decorative tins, hat boxes or fruit crates for a clever presentation.
* Two in one – If gifting seasonal food or beverages, pair the gift with serving items. For example, offer Dunkin’ Donuts packaged coffee in a mug, or wrap the package with a ribbon attached to a coffee scoop.
* Tag, you’re it– Focus on the gift tag. Use unusual items like recipe cards, luggage tags or coasters to identify gift recipients.
* Stamp it out – View plain wrapping paper as a canvas by covering it with a unique pattern of colorful rubber stamp prints.
* Monogram madness – Personalize presents by including the recipients’ initials on the wrapping. Write their initials all over the paper or affix cut out letters or cookie cutters in their initials as tags.