Creative Gift Wrap Ideas To Add The Ultimate Personal Touch To Gifts

Fun And Fabulous Creative Gift Wrap Ideas
That Will Help You Turn The Mundane Into The Spectacular!

We all know how you wrap a gift, shouts "I care" or perhaps "I was rushed!" Of course we admire those beautifully wrapped presents that cause us to oooh and aaah, but somehow we might think that type of gift wrapping is unattainable, if for no other reason because of the perceived cost involved. Read on to discover how you too can join those who are a part of the Spectacularly Wrapped Club.

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No need to keep striving in vein to present gifts that are beautiful and creatively wrapped. With a little imagination, you can come up with innovative ways to wrap your gifts by using materials that you have on hand or that are readily available at little cost. Remember, the Dollar Stores are a treasure trove of all sorts of great embellishments that only cost $1.00 and many times you get multiples!


Create an attractive and personalized wrapped gift by selecting unique wrapping "paper" or materials. Remember to think out of the box; look at everything you see in a new way and imagine "wrapping" up that gift for mom in a new and special "paper".
  • Aluminum foil
  • Blanket
  • Brown craft paper
  • Brown paper bags
  • Bubble wrap

  • Cellophane
  • Colored computer paper
  • Comic books
  • Construction paper
  • Cheesecloth

  • Crepe paper

  • Fabric like tulle, organza, chiffon, and netting
  • Gift bags embellished
  • Magazines
  • Manila envelopes

  • Maps
  • Newspaper
  • Origami
  • Scarves
  • Scrapbook paper

  • Sheet music
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Wallpaper


Scan your house looking for "containers" that could be used to hold a theme-related gift. If you really can't find anything that you can re-purpose into a "beautiful" recycled gift container, then head to the Dollar Tree and see what you might be able to snag.
  • Bowls
  • Burlap bag - great for gourmet coffees
  • Cheese board - stack contents and wrap in cellophane
  • Chinese take-out food containers
  • Colander

  • Cookie tins
  • Dump truck
  • Empty food cans that are decorated
  • Galvanized bucket
  • Gift basket trays

  • Hats
  • Hat box
  • Laundry basket
  • Mason jars
  • Plastic cylinders

  • Plastic sand bucket
  • Popcorn paper bags
  • Sewing basket
  • Shoebox embellished
  • Soup cup

  • Wagon
  • Watering can
  • Wicker baskets
  • Wood crates


Remember that it is always the finishing touches that makes a wrapped gift have a bit of pizzazz or wow-factor. So be sure to embellish basic gift bags and various containers with unique items, which will ultimately turn them into a work-of-art. To help get you started thinking outside of the standard gift embellishment box, you might want to consider any combination of the following:
  • Appliques
  • Baby's breath
  • Bakers twine
  • Beads
  • Bows

  • Buttons

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cookie cutters
  • Cording
  • Crayons
  • Cupcake cups--4 cuts in sides to open it up & glue flower to center

  • Curling ribbons
  • Doilles--paper or cloth
  • Feathers
  • Fringe
  • Glitter wire
  • Greenery

  • Jingle bells
  • Lace
  • Leftover party supplies, e.g., a blowout
  • Old jewelry, e.g., broach or single earring
  • Ornaments

  • Paint
  • Paper doilies
  • Pearl garlands
  • Pinecones
  • Pom poms

  • Raffia
  • Refrigerator magnets
  • Ribbon
  • Ric rac
  • Scrapbook papers

  • Sequins
  • Silk flowers
  • Small toys
  • Stamp art
  • Stickers

  • Tassels
  • Trims
  • Tulle strips that are 6" wide
  • Wood spoon

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