11 Easy Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas (+ Funny Bonus Idea You Need to Try!)

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Need some easy gift wrapping ideas this Christmas?

writing "Merry Christmas" on gift

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 other times when I’m in the mood to get a little more creative when wrapping a present.

hand-decorated and wrapped Christmas gifts

Stylish yet easy to create!

Here are a few festive and easy gift wrapping ideas to use as inspiration this Christmas! I like that they’re inexpensive and simple to accomplish, too.

I think pretty wrapping paper can make any gift, big or small, seem AMAZING!

1. Try this Washi Tape tree topper.

easy Christmas gift wrapping idea decorating with washi tape

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!

2. Decorate with natural elements.

gift wrapped in brown paper, tied with twine, and decorated with pinecone and evergreen branch

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! This is also such a frugal gift wrapping idea.

To get this look:

  • Wrap your gift in kraft paper, solid color gift wrap, or you could even turn a paper grocery bag inside out and use that!
  • Tie pieces of fresh greenery to the top using baker’s twine.
  • Write on the package using a black Sharpie.

3. Re-purpose greeting cards as toppers/tags.

cut Christmas cards used as gift tags

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 or gift tag.
  • Tape your repurposed gift tag to the front of the gift, or punch a hole in it and attach it with ribbon or twine.

4. Use a dish towel or fabric to wrap a gift.

holiday dish towel used to wrap wine bottle as an easy Christmas gift wrapping idea

Have any leftover fabric or a pretty dish towel? This is a beautiful and sustainable gift wrapping idea! Pictured above is a bottle of wine wrapped in a festive dish towel. This would make a great hostess gift!

To get this look: 

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

5. Doodle using a Sharpie and add a bottle brush tree for this gift wrapping idea.

vehicles drawn on gifts tied with twine and topped with brush trees

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.

stocking gift wrap made from kraft paper

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 a fun and clever way to conceal the present inside!

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. (Be careful not to staple into the gift itself!)
  • Embellish as desired.

7. Wrap a gift to look like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

decorating gifts to look like reindeer

Get this super cute-looking Rudolph wrap by using a red craft pom and common household items you’re likely to have on hand already! I re-purposed my kids’ roll of drawing paper as gift wrap, but if you have a roll of kraft paper on hand that could work also.

To get this look: 

  • Wrap your gift in a solid color. Drawing paper, kraft paper, or even a plain brown paper bag would work great!
  • Use a Sharpie marker to draw simple reindeer features like eyes and antlers on the top of your gift.
  • Attach a red craft pom using a glue gun or other adhesive.

8. Place your gifts in a jar.

assembling a gift 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 when presented as a gift, and they can be used over and over by the recipient after Christmas too!

To get this look: 

9. Hide a Starbucks gift card inside a Frappuccino cup full of candy.

Starbucks cups filled with candy

If you love giving Starbucks gift cards, this is such a cute way to do it! I hid a gift card inside a Frappuccino cup filled with Hershey’s Almond Chocolate Kisses because they were sort of a coffee color, but you could definitely use any candy you think your recipient would like!

To get the cups, I told my barista what I was planning to do and she was happy to give me one free empty Frappuccino cup for every gift card I purchased. This may vary by location, so you might want to call ahead to your local Starbucks to see if they’ll be willing to send you home with a few empty cups!

To get this look: 

  • Fill an empty Starbucks Frappuccino cup halfway with candy.
  • Add a Starbucks gift card to the center, and finish filling the cup with candy, concealing the gift card inside.
  • Top it off with some white tissue paper so it looks like whipped cream inside the dome lid, put the lid on, and finish with a bow around the straw.

10. Need easy gift wrapping ideas? The answer is Candy Gift Toppers!

wrapped gifts topped with candy

Know someone with a sweet tooth? Top a gift with their favorite candy for a sweet and easy gift topper that also makes a yummy bonus gift! If you struggle with tying ribbons as I do, try using curling ribbons and run your scissors along the ends to curl them. It looks festive, it’s super easy, and it hides the fact that you didn’t tie the perfect bow!

To get this look: 

  • Start by wrapping your gift as usual.
  • Use ribbon to tie a piece of candy at the top, or just slide your candy under the ribbon.

11. A paint can be a surprisingly pretty way to wrap your gifts!

gift wrapped paint can

Your local hardware store has a unique gift wrapping idea to consider—empty paint cans! I got mine for around $3 each at Lowe’s and filled it with a couple of cute mugs and hot cocoa supplies for a friend. You can download the Merry & Bright printable image that I used here for free!

I just love how this gift idea turned out – so cute, easy, and festive!

To get this look: 

  • Simply decorate your paint can with wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, ribbon, or any other materials you may have on hand.
  • Grab a couple of paint chip cards at the hardware store while you’re there and cut them into a tree shape for a fun gift tag idea that keeps up with the paint theme!

BONUS IDEA! Zip Ties Gag Gift Wrapping 😂

present wrapped in zip ties

Looking for funny/silly gift wrapping ideas for that person who always has their gifts unwrapped in record time? Try wrapping their gift and then tying it up with some plastic zip ties! That ought to slow them down, and it’s one sure way to draw out the suspense of what’s inside! Ha! 😁

What are you wrapping this year? Check out these gift ideas for everyone on your list!

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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  1. Materof6

    Love these! I usually find the brown paper in the mailing section at the Dollar ($1.25😂) Tree…just FYI…such a cute and economical way to wrap! I love all your ideas, Lina! Thank you!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh great tip! Thanks for sharing and thanks for your kind words! 💕

  2. Beth

    Thanks for the ideas! I don’t worry too much about the way my gift is wrapper, but daughter needs to bring an exchange gift to school and part of it is to wrap it creatively. The teacher did put the condition of not completely in wrapped in Saran or tape though haha

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that sounds fun!

    • Suzmorea

      So it could be half wrapped in Saran Wrap then !!!! 🤣

  3. JC

    Love all these!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay thanks JC!

  4. ienotaryservices

    Brown wrapping paper is part of my gift wrapping stack, it’s unique and useful for any occasion & easy to personalized 💝

  5. Heather Bo Peep

    I always keep the brown paper that comes in my Amazon packages and use it as gift wrap. These are some great ideas to use with that brown paper, thank you!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! Glad this is helpful Heather!

  6. Jodiqueen

    As a mom of four sons, I am absolutely going to use the zip tie “gift wrap”! One of mine is notorious for leaving used zip ties on the driveway after working on his car. Time to payback lol. Such a fun idea. Thanks for the morning smile you just gave me!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      LOL that will be so funny!

  7. Sharon B

    Such great ideas! My favorite is the Washi tape tree. Thanks for the creative suggestions 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! Thanks so much Sharon!

  8. No

    One year, when my son was much younger, we got all our presents wrap in Reynolds wrap. He just wrapped it around and squeezed. No tape needed. I never forgot that Christmas. He was about 13 and he’s 36 now!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Lol that’s funny!

  9. Melissa H

    Every year I give my nephew money but get more and more creative with how it’s wrapped. This year I found a pinball game on Amazon he has to win to get the money out, but I always usually wrap the gift in Saran Wrap and inside boxes. He says it the gift he looks forward to most each year ❤️

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aw that is so sweet Melissa!

  10. Debbie

    I know this isn’t Christmas, but my adult daughter is graduating from college this month, and she doesn’t really NEED anything, so I figured cash is the best. So, I bought a funny book titled “Adulting-How to become a grown- up in 535 easy(ish) steps”. (She’s always joking about how adulting sucks 😂). So, I randomly put money throughout the pages. I’m not going to tell her the money is in there. She’ll have to actually read the book to find it. I think it’ll be funny for her to think I only got her a book for graduation!😂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I love this!!! Great gift idea! Ha

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