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Easy & Frugal Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

Need some gift wrapping inspiration?

Whether you’re team gift wrap or team gift bag, sometimes it’s fun to wrap something special and put a little thought into it. I must admit I fall somewhere in between. And while I often just grab cute gift bags from Dollar Tree, there are the times I’m in the mood to be a little more creative when wrapping a present.

Easy & Frugal Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

Stylish yet easy to create!

Here are a few festive and easy ideas to use as inspiration! I like that they’re inexpensive and simple to accomplish, too. I think pretty wrapping can make any gift, big or small, seem AMAZING!


1. Try this Washi Tape tree topper

Easy & Frugal Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

Have a stash of decorative washi tape? Here’s a great opportunity to incorporate it into your Christmas gift wrapping!

To Get This Look:

  • Wrap your gift in a solid color wrapping paper. (I actually used my kids’ drawing paper roll.)
  • Simply place pieces of washi tape in varying lengths to form the shape of a Christmas tree on the top of the package.
  • Glue a little star sequin or button at the top!

Speaking of washi tape, here are 10 fun ways to make use of it!


2. Decorate with natural elements
Easy & Frugal Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

Have a fresh Christmas tree or wreath? Clip some extra greenery from a wreath or fresh tree for a frugal and easy present topper that looks elegant!

To Get This Look:


3. Re-purpose greeting cards as toppers/tagsEasy & Frugal Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

Have pretty greeting cards from years past? The front of paper cards can be re-purposed into really cute tags or present toppers, especially the fun 3-dimensional cards with paper embellishments!

To Get This Look:

  • Wrap your gift in desired wrapping paper, and then remove the front of an old Christmas card to use as a present topper. Tape it to the front, and add ribbon or twine.

4. Use a dish towel or fabric to wrap

Easy & Frugal Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

Have any leftover fabric or a pretty dish towel? This is a beautiful and sustainable way to wrap a gift! Here’s a bottle of wine wrapped in a festive dish towel, featured above. This would make a great hostess gift!

To Get This Look: 

  • Place your gift on top of a dish towel. Gather excess around the top and secure with twine or ribbon.

5. Doodle using a Sharpie and add a bottle brush tree

Easy & Frugal Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

Have some doodling skills? Don’t laugh at mine, featured above! HA. I love this cute bottle brush tree embellishment idea! So fun.

To Get This Look: 


6. Make kraft paper stapled shapes

Easy & Frugal Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

This is a great idea if you have a soft item like a scarf, socks, or other clothing to gift! Stapling two pieces of wrapping paper to make a shape is fun and smart!

To Get This Look: 

  • Cut two pieces of the same shape out of kraft paper.
  • Start stapling the edges together. Place a gift inside, and then continue placing staples around the edges.
  • Embellish as desired.

6 Easy & Frugal Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas


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Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.


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Comments 32

  1. Sami

    I knew immediately this post was written by Lena. Always such pretty nails 💅

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh haha thank you! What a sweet comment <3

  2. Sami

    awesome ideas too! Love the zip ties 😂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much Sami!

  3. Stacey

    Awesome Thanks! Love the towel and reuse the card ideas! The zip tie idea is great for a white elephant gag gift!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Stacey! Great idea!

  4. Julia

    Love these! Can’t seem to pick a favorite but the brown paper one is especially nice!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aw thanks Julia!!

  5. Tammy

    This year for my kids jelly and jams, I am taking a mini half bushel basket (painted red) and lining the inside with plaid. Along the rim of the basket I am attaching white faux fur ribbon

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that sounds so fun!! Cute idea!

  6. babymair

    Thx Lina,so cute and more craft ideas for my two boys,while on Christmas vacation. Ur the best .!! Keep up the good work and God bless.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ah thanks so much! I love an appriciate your sweet comments Babymair <3

  7. Cami

    Love love love these!! Especially the brown paper with the outdoor elements. It’s thoughtful, cute, and cheaper than wrapping paper 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks so much Cami!

  8. Jessie

    One year i had kids watercolor a big piece of white paper and used it as gift wrap (for birthday really); the recipients loved it that they took pictures of thd artwork!! (Very simple and nothing extravagant looked like modern art, colors going in all different directions)

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I love that idea ❤️ Thanks for sharing Jessie!

  9. Rachel

    I love the burlap Santa/ North Pole sacks that are out now. I just put the toys in a bag for each kid and done lol! For my own kids, I can just keep reusing those bags over and over so it’s saves on paper, effort, and the clean up after.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Renee

    This year we are making homemade soaps. I’m going to cut up pallets and paint them white and display the soaps on them and then package with twine and a pinecone. So cute! 🤗

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh how fun!

  11. Meg

    I liked that most of these ideas are sustainable or recyclable. I was shocked last year to learn that our glossy wrapping paper couldn’t go in the recycling and was designed for the dump. I felt terrible about generating all that waste! Thanks for this greener ideas!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh great point – thanks Meg!

  12. Lucy

    Also you could use the comics section of the newspaper, or even the articles, and decorate with red or green accents.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes love that! Thanks for sharing Lucy!

  13. Karen

    So creative, thank you love the ideas and I can’t wait to try some.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for stopping by Karen!

  14. mamasweetpea08

    the car with tree is really cute! very creative

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much! ❤️

  15. J

    Great ideas! Another one I’ve seen is to take a brown shopping bag and use the inside part facing out and then take a red ink pad and use dots to stamp it on the outside and tie a pretty ribbon around it. Looked simple and pretty!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes I love that idea -so fun!!

  16. Emly

    Once my brother received a gift, frozen in ice! We were all dying laughing as he chipped away at it with a little tool. In the end it was a very cold little tie clip!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s funny!

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