50 of the most beautiful Christmas gift wrapping ideas (with stacks of free printables!)

Now that the Christmas shopping is done (right…? There’s less than a week til the big day!), it’s time to wrap those pressies!

A beautifully wrapped gift adds so much to the gift giving experience.

From minimalist to completely OTT, blingy to ethical, we’re sure you’ll find an idea to love in this round up of our favourite Christmas gift wrapping ideas!

1. Mix and match

Who says all your gift wrapping needs to match? We love the mix of colours and prints on this collection of gifts with a similar colour palette and metallic accent.

Black and white star gift wrap
Image via House of Valentina

2. Minimalist

The talent behind Homey Oh My blog has done it again with this gorgeous gift wrap and best of all — you can download this free pine tree printable to wrap your gifts at home.

Pine tree Christmas wrapping
Image via Homey Oh My

3. Ethical

Christmas is all about giving and when you make an ethical gift purchase you don’t just give a special gift, you also help make a positive contribution to the people who made it. We used handmade gift paper and a hand carved cinnamon ornament from Oxfam to create this Christmas gift wrapping look and you can find loads of ideas to make your Christmas an ethical one here.

Ethical gift wrapping
Our ethical gift wrapping using Oxfam products

4. Berry

Another example of when less is more. Simply wrap twine several times around a gift and slip a sprig in the centre.

Simple gift wrapping
Image via Smart Furniture

5. Simply pretty

Isn’t this gold deer just the sweetest?! Totally in love with the gold and blush pink colour palette too.

Gold Christmas gift wrapping
Image via Monika Hibbs

6. Locally designed and illustrated

Our friends at Rachel Kennedy Designs make the most stunning gift wrap and this year is no exception with new designs, like this double-sided black and white design, adding to their collection of hotly sought after wrap.

Rachel Kennedy Designs
Using double-sided paper from Rachel Kennedy Designs

7. DIY

Nothing adds a personal touch like do it yourself ornaments on top of a gift. You can make these DIY clay ornaments in any shape, find our clay recipe and instructions here.

Recycled paper and gingerbread gift tag
Our DIY clay ornament idea

8. Non-traditional

Break away from images of snowflakes and traditional Christmas imagery with wrapping like this diamond design on An-Magritt’s blog.

Diamond gift wrap
Image via An-Magritt

9. Christmas-tree-inspired

We love that this gift is wrapped just like a Christmas tree! The gold foil message on the card could also be personalised to suit the person you’re gifting it to by following our gold foil tutorial here.

Christmas ornaments to wrap gift
Image via More Than Ideas

10. Elegant rustic

Mini wreath, craft paper and hessian has never looked this good! These gifts get the balance of rustic, earthy and elegant spot on.

Noel wreath gift wrap
Image via Anderson + Grant

11. Handlettered

Our friend at Shenton & Thrello handlettered a beautiful A3-sized Christmas wrap that you can download free here. Use it in black and white as pictured here or follow the instructions in our Christmas cracker tutorial to apply gold foil over some words.

Free Christmas handlettered paper created in collaboration with Shenton & ThrelloDownload it here

12. Jingle bells

You’ll literally jingle all the way with this adorable gift wrap idea using oversized jingle bells. If you can’t find bells to suit your colour scheme, just spray paint whatever bells you find in the colour you want like we did with this bell wreath in our Christmas entry.

Jingle bell gift wrap
Image via Cox and Cox

13. Illustrative

Love the delicate details of these hand-drawn acorns, pinecones and leaves — use them just on the gift tags or as gift wrapping too.

Acorn gift wrap
Image via Fellow Fellow

14. Decorative

This impressive paper wreath has layers of silver and grey ‘leaves’ that you can create yourself using their Christmas Paper Lover’s Book. You just pop out all the pieces and fix them to the wreath shape using glue or double sided tape.

Paper wreath
Image via Kikki.K

15. Shades of blue

Duck egg blue might not be a colour you associate with Christmas but it sure does look good on Christmas gift wrapping. Pair it with hand drawn gift tags and you’re set.

Blue Christmas gift wrap
Image via Leesign

16. Hand drawn

Ok, how seriously adorable is this?! A drawn on car carrying a Christmas tree home. Totally using this idea!

Car Christmas gift wrap
Image via Growing Spaces

17. Sweet treat

A fab idea for those with a sweet tooth, just slip a candy cane or lolly pop under twine and watch them smile as you hand over this sweet gift.

Sweet Christmas gift wrap
Image via Handmade Charlotte

18. Stencil

A great gift wrapping idea for the guys in particular is this stencil typography look. All you need is a sharpie and a stencil!

10 Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas 2014 Stencil
Our stencil gift wrap idea

19. White on white

You can’t go wrong with white on white gift wrapping! An elegant and timeless look that will always be in style.

White on white gift wrapping
Image via Almost Makes Perfect

20. Gold spray

When in doubt, spray it with gold! Gold spray paint turns these plain branches and craft paper into seriously elegant Christmas gift wrapping.

Gold gift wrapping
Image via Zena

21. Blackboard

Yes, there is such a thing as blackboard paper and yes, it is AMAZING! Write whatever personalised message you like using chalk and finish with twine or a ribbon.

Blackboard wrapping paper
Image via Anthropologie

22. Paper cut out

This paper Santa beard is so jolly! You could use this idea of a white paper cut out against butchers paper with just about any shape though so why not be creative and see what other fun ideas you come up with.

Santa beard gift wrap
Image via Growing Spaces

23. Delicate

Super fine silver twine and sheer angels finished with a lacey flower give this gift wrap look an oh-so-delicate feel.

Angel gift wrap
Image via Handmade Charlotte

24. Newspaper and Christmas decor

Just like ornaments look great on top of a Christmas gift, so too do mini Christmas decor pieces like this reindeer. It’s a gift that gives twice because they can reuse the figurine in their Christmas styling 🙂

Christmas ornament gift wrap idea
Our Christmas decor on top of a gift idea

25. Plaid

Has green ever looked this good?! Love this plaid green Christmas gift wrapping, complete with double ribbon and gold foil gift tag.

Plaid gift wrap
Image via The Every Girl

26. Calligraphy

Gosh some people are clever! Just check out these stunning timber calligraphy gift tags.

Timber calligraphy gift tags
Image via Pepper Sprouts

27. Label maker

Perhaps its the retro vibe or just the simplicity of this idea but were loving this label maker DIY gift wrap idea by Almost Makes Perfect!

Label gift wrap
Image via Almost Makes Perfect

28. Bunting

Another sweet look from Kikki.K is this simple bunting-style wrap using heart and flag stickers attached to bakers twine. You could use any colours or shapes you like to make your own bunting gift wrap.

Bunting gift wrap
Image via Kikki.K

29. All in the gift tag

Almost Makes Perfect has created this set of adorable Christmas gift tags that you can download for free on her blog here. Did we mention they’re adorable?!

Gift tag ideas
Image via Almost Makes Perfect

30. Washi tape

An oldie but a goodie is to use washi tape. There are probably close to a million Christmas gift wrapping ideas using washi tape on Pinterest alone but this one with simple geometric shapes and hand lettered gift tags is a fave.

Washi Tape gift wrap
Image via Almost Makes Perfect

31. Stamped

This is a genius idea developed by the crafty Natalie at Handmade Charlotte! Just glue cut out shapes to a lint roller, dip in an ink pad and roll.

Stamped Christmas paper
Image via Handmade Charlotte

32. Timber accent

Using timber veneer sheets and a stanley knife, you can create these mini 2D Christmas trees. Follow these instructions to also make a 3D tree that they’ll be able to use as a Christmas decoration.

Mini timber Christmas tree
Image via Craft & Creativity

33. Colourful and crafty

For those who aren’t shy with colour, this abstract reindeer packs a colourful punch! How adorable is that nose!!

Pink reindeer gift wrap
Image via Studio DIY

34. Star garland

Because one bunting idea isn’t enough, we’re also sharing this stylish gold star garland created by Homey Oh My!

Christmas gift wrapping idea
Image via Homey Oh My

35. Hand painted

Let out your inner artist and create some beautiful Christmas scenes using paints. Traditional Christmas scenes, shapes or even carol lyrics are just some of the ideas of what you could paint.

Handpainted gift wrap
Image via Bloglovin’

36. Pinstripe

The Black Tie standard of gift wrapping right here! Use this look if you’re going to any fancy pants dinner parties or just want to seriously impress.

Image via The Every Girl

37. Monochrome

Despite popular use, monochrome doesn’t mean black and white, rather ‘single colour or hue’. So why not pick your favourite colour and wrap gifts with paper, twine and gift tags that all reference it.

Gold gift wrap
Image via Kikki.K

38. Abstract

Another DIY idea is to make these abstract Christmas trees using sticks and twine. Just bust out your glue gun and play around with colours and patterns.

Timber Christmas tree on gift
Image via Fellow Fellow

39. Beaded

Bringing back memories of our childhood craft days, we couldn’t resist adding this fun red and white plastic bead idea to this round up. Made by Craft & Creativity, you can follow all the instructions to create this look here.

Plastic bead ornaments
Image via Craft & Creativity

40. Paint effect

This painted wrapping paper doesn’t require quite so much creative talent as the one above, just dip your paint brush in white paint and splatter, dash or scratch craft paper to create the pattern you like.

Paint effect gift wrap
Image via Almost Makes Perfect

41. Twine feature

Showing a different (albeit more fiddly) way of using twine is this snowflake tutorial on Oh Package. The paper hole punch cut outs as snow is super sweet.

Snowflake twine
Image via Oh Package

42. Treescape

Another take on the Christmas tree gift wrap look are these 3D metallic paper trees. That double ribbon idea is pretty cool too!

Image via Kikki.K

43. Understated glitter

You could use our clay ornament DIY to make these Christmas ornament gift tags. Simply use a circle cutter instead of a gingerbread and gently press the end of a pencil into the ornament before you bake to create these impressions. Once they’re out of the oven and cooled, paint using your favourite glittery colours!

Christmas ornament gift wrap
Image via Handmade Charlotte

44. Hint of nature

Another minimalist look and this time incorporating subtle references to nature with a cluster of cinnamon sticks, pine cones or sprig against a simple black or white wrap. Recycled paper gift tags or natural twine complete the look.

Black and white Christmas gift wrap
Image via Burkatron

45. Glitter bomb

If the understated glitter look above didn’t do it for you, perhaps this OTT glitter bomb idea will!

Glitter gift wrap
Image via Victoria Magazine

46. Landscape photography

A beautiful black and white landscape photo and simple pom pom is all that’s needed to create this seriously stunning Christmas gift wrap. We have a simple and super quick mini pom pom tutorial here.

Photo on Christmas gift wrap
Image via Cambiando Strada

47. Psychedelic

Apple green, multi-coloured graphic print and silver sparkle are an unlikely combination that work in this gift wrapping set by Studio DIY.

Colourful Christmas gift wrapping
Image via Studio DIY

48. Gingerbread

Yummo, here’s another tasty gift wrapping idea — this time using homemade gingerbread biscuits.

Gingerbread gift wrap
Image via Self Architecture

49. Photography stickers

Keeping with the photography theme is this DIY family photo sticker tutorial on Homey Oh My. So special, we bet they won’t even want to open their present 😉

Photography Christmas gift wrap
Image via Homey Oh My

50. Traditional

There’s nothing wrong with traditional, particularly when it looks this darn stylish! Red and white stripe gift wrap with snowflake red ribbon and a sprig in the bow would be welcome under our Christmas tree any time.

Traditional gift wrap
Image via Kikki.K

How will you be decorating your Christmas gifts this year? Do you have a favourite look from the list above?? Tell us in the comments below!


  1. Wow so much creativety and fantastic gift wrapping ideas. The springs of green look really effective and adore no.16 with the drawn car carrying the Christmas tree. It’s very special that you can personalise the presentation <3

    • That’s one of our favourites too Julia 🙂 Such a sweet idea. Hope you found all the gift wrapping inspiration you needed!


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