5 EASY and UNIQUE Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

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Need creative yet simple gift wrapping ideas?  🎁

If you’ll be gifting items and truly want to package it up in a unique way, here are a few EASY and cute holiday ideas to get inspired! Wrapping even the simplest items in a thoughtful way can make an ordinary item extra exciting and fun to receive as a gift!

1. Simple Reindeer Wrapping

Get this super cute looking reindeer by gluing a red craft pom pom to a gift and using a Sharpie marker to draw simple reindeer details to the top. I re-purposed my kids’ roll of drawing paper as wrapping paper for these gifts. If you have a roll of Kraft paper on hand that could work also!

2. Gifts in a Jar

Jumbo storage jars make excellent gift wrapping because you can fill them with whatever you’d like just like a gift basket. They look so pretty, are fairly inexpensive, and super functional to use after Christmas. To create, simply place faux snow or white tissue paper on the bottom of jars, and fill with desired gift-able items.

Tip: You can always use this same idea for small gift items in dollar store mason jars. Check out how to create a DIY Gift Card Snow Globe.

I was able to create a holiday baking-themed gift with lots of goodies, and then one for my daughter’s teacher with a cute little sign and bath & beauty items. So fun!

3. Starbucks Cup Gift Card Holder

Love giving Starbucks gift cards? Fill a frappuccino cup with candy and stuff a gift card inside. Then, top it with some white tissue paper, secure lid back on, and finish with a bow around the straw. Such a cute way to give a gift card!

Tip: I used Hershey’s Almond Chocolate Kisses because the packaging was more of a coffee color, but you can definitely use whatever candy you’d like!

4. Candy Gift Toppers

Know a candy fan? Top a gift with their favorite candy for a sweet and easy gift topper! Simply wrap the gift with a ribbon and tie a piece of candy at the top. Holiday related candy would be fun too!

Tip: I’m awful at tying gift wrapping ribbons, so I’ll often use curling ribbon and run scissors at the ends to “curl’. Looks festive and is super easy!

5. Paint Can Gift

Your local hardware store has a unique gift wrapping option to consider—a paint can with paint chip gift tag! I found my empty can for around $3 at Home Depot.

Simply decorate it with wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, ribbon, or any materials you may have on hand for an adorable way to present a gift! Cut the paint chip card into a tree shape for a fun tag idea.

I filled my bucket with a couple of cute mugs and hot cocoa supplies as a special gift for a friend. Get the Merry & Bright free printable image. I just love how this gift idea turned out!  So cute, easy and festive!

BONUS IDEA!  Zip Ties Gag Gift Wrapping 😂

Need a funny/silly gift wrapping idea? How about wrapping and then tying your gift with a ton of plastic zip ties!? LOL 😁 That’s one way to draw out the suspense of what’s inside! Ha!

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Comments 77

  1. Suzy

    Omg love these !!!!!!!

    • Lina D

      Thanks Suzy!

  2. Cc

    Ill include zip ties in my shopping list! hehe

    • Lina D


  3. sne3103

    Lina, these are adorable!

    • Lina D

      Thanks โค๏ธ

  4. Naomi

    This are awesome ideas! Thanks!

    Iโ€™m thinking Iโ€™ll do the Starbucks Frappuccino idea for our librarian who runs toddler time! My son loves her and Iโ€™d like to thank her.

    • Lina D

      Thatโ€™s so sweet ๐Ÿ‘

  5. Sheila

    Very cute! Thanks for some new ideas! ๐ŸŽ„

    • Lina D

      Youโ€™re very welcome ๐Ÿ˜Š

  6. babymair

    These are all great ideas. I let both of my boys pick one for there aunt.One chose the paint can ,and the other the Starbucks idea.We will make these durning school vacation . THX 4 one day to keep them busy lol.keep up the good work. God bless .

    • Lina D

      Oh you are always so sweet. Thanks and Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

  7. MrsK

    Thank you for emphasizing Gag Gift with the Zip Tie suggestion.

  8. Dee

    Can anyone give me some gift ideas for a kindergarten teacher? Thanks in advance!

    • Courtney

      Alot of times my daughter has multiple teacher’s so I’ll get a Christmas oven mitt with a pack of cookie mix, and a cookie cutter. I usually can find all of the items at the dollar store. And I tie it all together with cute ribbon or string.

      • Lina D

        Yes love this idea!

    • AG

      I always recommend gift cards over “stuff” for teachers. I’m a parent volunteer and I’ve seen teachers buy coats, shoes and other things for their students. They also spend a lot of their own money on their classrooms. I always get Amazon or somewhere that they can buy a variety of things. Another idea is to ask them if there is anything they need for their classroom. This year my son’s teacher is asking for PVC pipe for a classroom project. I’d rather buy that than a knickknack or something they don’t need.

    • Rita

      I am a kindergarten teacher. I am always spending money for my classroom. A Dollar Tree purchase here and there, and $20 later there’s another season or holiday when I’m back there spending even more. Then there are other things: fine motor toys and containers to store it all in. Any gift cards are greatly appreciated. I know it’s the thought that counts but the knick knacks do become plentiful after years and years of teaching. Craft stores, office stores, and Target are all great teacher stores to get a gift card to so the teacher can use it for the classroom. If going the personal route, be careful if you do gc for Starbucks or other places. In one year I accumulated $125 to Starbucks but I’m not a coffee drinker. Again, it was so kind, but I was finally able to use them on expensive tea ice tea since it just isn’t my thing to go to Starbucks.

  9. april

    Cute ideas! I’ve seen paint cans in the party supplies section at hobby lobby. With the 40% off coupon in the app, it would probably make for a pretty good deal.

    • Lina D

      Oh nice! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Kim

      I have purchase several of the paint cans at Michael’s for gifts for my daughter’s friends. These cans are clear, and I load them with lotions, pedicure items, soaps, washcloths…anything that will fit and put the lid on it! I call it the Spa in a Bucket kit! The girls love it and I think it’s even more fun to receive the way it’s presented!

      • Lina D

        Oh how cute! Thanks for sharing Kim!

  10. Angelica

    Does anyone have a burlington code for a free calendar? I need one please. if you do, can you email me at aguilar_jelly08 @ yahoo dotcom. Maybe we can negotiate something! please and thank you!!

  11. Deb

    All of them are cute, Lina, but I just don’t get the charm of the zip tie one. Even as a gag gift…

    • Lina D

      Ha itโ€™s ok – just supposed to be funny. Skip it if itโ€™s not for you ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • amy111

      I love it! Perfect for that teen that needs a challenge while the younger kids open gifts.

    • Christine P.

      My daughter and her uncle compete every year to make each others gift the most difficult to open. Lots of duct tape has been used. Lol. Zip ties are probably next now.

      • MommySpendsLess

        My dad and brother did that for years, each year they’d get more creative and the presents harder to open. It finally stopped when my brother got my dad a gift certificate and decided to weld it inside a metal box. The certificate caught on fire…
        Growing up my parents, especially my mom, were notorious for re-using household boxes for gift cards and other hard to wrap items. My brother and I started oohing and aahing over the box, thanking them profusely for the crackers, oatmeal, etc. It became an ongoing joke.
        All fond memories ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. y

    I loove the zip tie so doing this. Thanks for the fun on xmas morn ha,ha, .

  13. Me

    I love the Starbucks idea. Maybe a stupid question, but do you wash out a used one or do you just ask them for an extra cup/top when you buy yours?

    • Lina D

      I think you could do either. I just asked for a couple when buying gift cards – Iโ€™m doing some for teachers

      • Me

        Thanks. I usually buy the gift cards wherever there is a promotion, so I usually don’t buy it at Starbucks. Any promos if you buy the GCs there?

    • Me

      I guess I’m just asking because I was curious if they will just GIVE you another brand new cup/top? Some places are weird about that…..

      • Lina D

        I only asked for two while buying other drinks so it may be just up to the person

  14. marina

    need the code for free photobook from shutterfly. could offer 20 codes for coca-cola

    • Me

      I have one for you if you want to give your email or someone else will grab it.

      • marina

        Hi, I would like to get a code for photobook.
        thank you very much

  15. Me

    Sorry, I have the wall calendar and the $25 off holiday cards and the shopping bag. If you need those, I can give you those….

      • Me

        Sorry, just sent it to BlueHarvest.

      • Me


  16. Aybay

    That zip tie is amazing idea!!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  17. BlueHarvest

    Finishing up my Shutterfly order tonight and looking for an additional ornament or bag codes anyone might not be using?? Thank so much! jmlmail21@gmail.com

    • Me

      Sent you the shopping bag code!

      • BlueHarvest

        yay!! Thanks a bunch! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Chrysnblue

    I have$25 codes looking for photo book or other items

  19. Renee

    The zip ties looks like they’d all just slide off when you tip the package

  20. Rose

    I did a Candy Bouquet for my kiddos Teachers. I filled them with different candy bars. I got everything from Dollar Tree. I Am also putting a Gift Card in the Candy Bouquet.

  21. Kris

    Love this!!!

  22. Scarlet B

    Love these. My favorite is the reindeer!

  23. Starmoney

    I almost want to buy my husband a present, just to use the ziptie packaging! So funny! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Mama

    Great ideas! Thanks so much. ๐Ÿ˜

  25. Mary

    Very creative. Thanks for sharing. I might steal the zip ties for a gift to my hubby.

    • Lina D

      Ha so funny

  26. Candace

    I love all the ideas listed but i must say the zip tie idea is by far the best!! Cant wait to do this for my friends and family….lol ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lina D

      Ha! Thanks!

    • KK

      Or any shutterfly free product codes!

      • Me

        Sent you a code for a free wall calendar!

  27. loflinlove

    I have a free calendar code i would trade for 5 coke codes. loflinlove at yahoo.com

  28. Cruz

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the zipzag ties!!!
    My kids love for us to put some wrapped presents under the tree and somehow every year manage to “accidently” tear them half-way open.
    They will get a kick out of this, and if anything think, Wow… Mom gets smarter every year!!!!!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Lina D

      Ha yes! Mom is way smart. Ha ha

  29. Sam G

    Here are two codes for $25 off shutterfly if anyone wants them. Thanks and God Bless
    Let me know if you use them if not I’ll relist.

  30. as

    Great ideas! Thank you.

  31. MommySpendsLess

    Anybody know what size frappuccino cup to ask for so the gift card and candy fit?

    • Lina D

      Mine is a tall sized cup – thanks

  32. Kathy Mills

    zip ties would be fun and totally would make my family laugh. dollar tree has zip ties. cheaper than home depot. I know because I had to zip tie my cupboards for weeks after my son came home from hospital on a liquid diet.

    • Lina D

      Thanks for he tip!

  33. AOhio

    Such cute ideas!! Thank you for the suggestions, I don’t like to just throw stuff in a bag with tissue paper

  34. Sue

    Those are all really great ideas. Thanks,

    • Lina D

      Sure! Thanks sue!

  35. Mel

    I go to a Christmas party every year where we have one of those gift exchanges where you can steal someone elseโ€™s present. There is one guy who always picks a present with wrapping paper and tape (not one in a gift bag or a present already opened) and then proceeds to take 5 minutes to carefully open the package. I donโ€™t even know how it is possible to take that long to open a package, but he manages it. Drives everyone at the party crazy. I hope no one at the party I attend ever wraps their present in zip ties!

  36. Sheri D Watson

    Can you get the frappacino starbucks cups from starbucks empty? or where did you get the cups?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      When I purchased the gift cards in store, I just asked nicely if I could have the cups and they said yes.

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