Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas a{A Pretty Life}

Creative Ideas for Wrapping Holiday Gifts!

 Ok, so I have to admit something to you.

I don’t like wrapping gifts.

I find it a tedious awful job.


BUT I do love and can totally appreciate a beautifully wrapped gift.  I have seen some beautifully wrapped gifts on Pinterest that make me absolutely swoon.  I think maybe my problem is that I’m always wrapping gifts at the last minute…like a day or 2 before Christmas when I’m totally stressed out and have no time for anything let alone gift wrapping.  That is the time when presents get wrapped quickly, with no embellishments and a tag made out of the same wrapping paper.  Terrible, I know.

So this year I am going to try to have my wrapping done ahead of time and thus put a little more effort into it.  Sometimes all one needs is a little inspiration to get you started and motivated!  So that’s what I’m here to do for you today!  I’ve teamed up with 9 talented Canadian bloggers to give you some holiday gift wrapping ideas!

Let’s get started!  For this post I was inspired by red, black and white!  Last year at the end of the Christmas season I bought a tonne of gift wrap from Target at 75% off.  Like a $1 a roll kind of deals…so I may have about 20 rolls of gift wrap downstairs right now.  My husband may have thought I was crazy at the time, but he’s totally appreciating it now!  😉

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas {A Pretty Life}

Anyway, I am especially loving the red, black and white paper I had.  It’s festive and a little outside the box…it’s different from what I’m used to and I like it.

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas {A Pretty Life}

I paired patterned papers with pretty ribbon from May Arts.  For this gift I used red velvet ribbon and topped it off with the Candy Cane Jingle Bell Ornament that I showed you how to make yesterday.

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas {A Pretty Life}

For this present I used different patterned ribbons, and I made a silver bow from all the ribbon I had around.

How To Make a Bow {A Pretty Life}

When I go to wrap my gifts, I often discover that I have no bows.  I have a tonne of ribbon, but no bows.  Have no fear…you can make your own with this simple tutorial!  I almost always make my own now because I can make them in matching patterns and colours that I like!  Just grab a glue gun and follow the diagram above to make your own!  So simple and pretty!

Red and Black Gift Wrap

All I need to do is get my act together ahead of time this year and get a lot more creative with my wrapping!  It’s the little things right?

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Now it’s time to show you some fantastic gift wrapping ideas from my friends!  I just know they’ll leave you inspired!

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

From left to right, they are:

Personalized Santa Sacks by Fynes Designs

Vintage Christmas Gift Tags by Satori Design for Living

5 Fabulous & Fast Gift Wrap Ideas from The Happy Housie

Craft Paper & Boxwood Wreath Gift Wrap by Craftberry Bush

Copper & Green Gift Wrapping Inspiration from Echoes of Laughter

Burlap Wrapped Gifts by So Much Better With Age

Black & Red Gift Wrap Plus Bow Tutorial by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Wine Bottle Wrap- Christmas Edition by Northstory

DIY Christmas Bag Tutorial by Suburble

Vintage Map Christmas Gift Wrap & Gift Tags by The DIY Mommy

Have an inspired day!

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  • Reply Shauna December 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Ooh, the black, white and red is so striking! Such pretty ribbon too! I think what I like most about wrapping gifts is spreading it out over a couple of weeks and making each one look unique and custom-made for the recipient. Sometimes at the end I just pull whatever paper is nearby and go for it!

  • Reply Stephanie December 2, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    I love these so much. That black is just gorgeous!

  • Reply Virginia Fynes December 2, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Great wrapping ideas !I love that bell candy cane, I gotta have it!!

  • Reply Angie@Echoes of Laughter December 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    I love the colour combo Jo-Anna! You are right on trend with the lumberjack theme that is so popular right now! And the black looks stunning! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

  • Reply Alex December 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    YES!! Black, white and red and my fav checkered ribbon. LOVE THIS!

  • Reply Patti December 5, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    There a some great and a few new ideas here on gift wrapping. Thanks! (stopping over from Tater Tots & Jello link party)

  • Reply Kristen December 7, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    I love your wrapping ideas! Gorgeous!

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