6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

When you see pictures of gorgeous Christmas trees with the perfectly wrapped presents underneath, do you ever wonder how they pulled it all together?  It all looks so elegant and yet still SO effortless – all at the same time (ugh)!   They must be sprinkling some magic fairy dust – right??  Nope – just a little planning.  So I’ve put together 6 easy tips and ideas to help you coordinate your holiday tree color palette (or theme) with your wrapping paper and tags.  Plus, hopefully it will save you time next year (when you change up all of the colors – lol)!!   6 Best Christmas Wrapping Tips & Ideas.


6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

Just a couple of reminders for all of us:

  • Don’t be too hard on yourself when wrapping presents.  They are given in an act of love, and that’s what really matters!
  • Keep wrapping choices simple.  The more you choose, the more decisions you have to make.
  • Set up a designated time – just for wrapping gifts.  Maybe 2 or 3 evenings (then you can add wine)!

Let’s get to it!  6 Best Christmas Wrapping Tips & Ideas.


6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

6 Best Tips & Ideas:

  1.  Choose 3-4 Coordinating Wrapping Paper Rolls
  2.  Pick 1-2 Ribbon Colors
  3.  Make Homemade Coordinating Gift Tags 
  4.  Choose Boxes In Multiple Shapes & Sizes
  5.  Coordinate with Tree Color or Theme
  6.  Use as Decoration on Coffee Tables, Benches, & Baskets

 


6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

TIP #1:  Choose 3-4 Coordinating Wrapping Paper Rolls

The first thing you will want to do is choose your wrapping paper colors and/or theme.  

My color scheme this year is white, green, and navy, and my theme is “tree love.”  See picture below.

  • 1  solid color (green)
  • 1 pattern (brown and green tree)
  • 1 neutral (white and black tree)

Of course, a more general theme might be “winter wonderland,” etc. 

And it’s really more of a mood/tone of your decoration – mixed with a certain color palette. 

With 3 choices:  Simple & Classic

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 

With 4 choices:  Rustic Wood Bark

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 

With 4 choices:  Glam Gold Dot

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 

The 3 paper choices works best for the minimalist style, while the 4 paper choices works best for the maximalist style.  

  • The 4th Wood Bark choice adds some texture – while keeping things neutral or rustic.
  • Whereas the 4th Gold Dot choice adds metallic shimmer – bringing in a touch of glam or elegance.

I just wanted to show you the difference of adding in that “fourth choice” of wrapping paper.  

 


TIP #2:  Pick 1-2 Ribbon Colors

Now that you have chosen your wrapping paper, it’s time to choose ribbon colors.

I have chosen white and navy  ribbons for mine to help coordinate with my wrapping paper and tree (color palette).

  • Choose One Color for minimalist style.
  • Choose Two Colors for maximalist style.

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 

Just to note maximalist style doesn’t mean “crazy” style, but just simply a “busier” look.

I should have added a third option:  

  • Choose 3 ribbon colors + different sizes  = Jael’s style (hahaha!!) 
  • I definitely like a busy (+ crazier look) and have to “clean things up” a little so it doesn’t get out-of- hand!!

Here are some presents wrapped with the 3 wrapping paper choices + 3 ribbon choices:  white, navy, AND jute.

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 


TIP #3:  Make Homemade Coordinating Gift Tags  

The easiest way to coordinate your wrapping paper and gift tags is you make your own (tags) with leftover paper or scrapbook paper.

Plus, it is very budget-friendly and can be a great family project for you and your kiddos.  (Yep – means more wine – lol)!!

I won’t go into a ton of detail on this part, but you can click DIY Birch Tree Gift Tags:  Using Toilet Paper Rolls to see the tutorial and learn how to make these.

And of course – they tie in with my tree theme.  

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas
source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com

 

Here below you can see that I made a tree gift tag from the green paper also – just to tie in the green again.  

And the birch bark (scrapbook) paper coordinates with the wood bark wrapping paper.

(P.S. – I would have used the wood bark wrapping paper for the gift tags, but I’ve got another project in the works and needed it for that). 😉

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 


TIP #4:  Choose Boxes In Multiple Shapes & Sizes

When you are wrapping gifts, try to use boxes that are different shapes and sizes (if you can).  

I know that some items already come in a designated box, and that makes life SO much easier!  But for some of those other items, choose a variety of box styles and sizes.

In the picture below, you can see how the different sizes play well with each other when stacking upright.   

This works perfect for the side areas of the tree and back of the tree.  We’ll see how this comes together in Step #5:  (under Presentation).

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 

In this next picture, you can see that this grouping sits lower and works great for the front area of the tree (also in Step #5).

This will also work perfectly if you need to wrap 2 or 3 gifts together – as one gift. 

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 


TIP #5:  Coordinate with Tree Color or Theme

Now it’s time to “decorate” the bottom of your tree!  This is where all of your planning and color coordinating finally come together!

You can see that I have a green and white tree (and gold) tree, but a navy and white color palette in our living room.  

So how can I pull the tree theme, green, and wood “birch bark” styles together in here?

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 

Add a Solid-Colored Tree Skirt:

The first thing to do is begin with a solid-colored tree skirt.  It provides the base (or anchor) of the tree.

I chose a ivory/cream-colored tree skirt for my tree – which helps unify the tree, gifts, and the entire room’s color palette. 

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 

Pop of Color:  Blue

So even though I didn’t need a ton of navy for the tree (with the louder curtains), I wanted to add a pop of blue just to tie the tree and room together.

  • You may have a different color in your room, so just use a ribbon that unifies the room and tree. 
  • Even neutral-colored ribbons like gold, silver, or burlap – add a pop of color.

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 

Presentation:

And we have all heard that presentation is everything – right??  

It’s amazing how the entire look of the tree changes once those gifts are added.

Presentation and gift placement – now become the main attraction of the room, by bringing the focal point to the tree itself (especially at the base).

  • This is where those gift boxes in different sizes and shapes really come together – when stacking. 

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 

And I do LOVE  my patterns!  But the solid-colored gifts really are essential to pulling the tree and room together as one.

To the Left Side:

  • By spreading out the solid- colored green gifts, the eye has a place to rest at the bottom of the tree.

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 

And now you can see how the ribbons really bring out the wrapping paper choices, while coordinating with the room color palette.

To the Right Side:

  • The white ribbon coordinates with the white and black tree wrapping paper, and
  • The jute string coordinates with the brown and green tree wrapping paper.

I love it when everything finally comes together and you have your Ta-Da moment!

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 


TIP #6:  Use as Decoration on Coffee Tables, Benches, & Baskets

So, who says that your beautifully wrapped gifts HAVE to be put under the tree?

Why can’t you place some faux presents (or real if you want) as decoration around the house?

You can use some of the lower groupings on your coffee table, entry console table, or even a bedroom dresser.

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 

Stack some presents on benches in the living room, entry, or even guest bedroom. 

They will add a punch of color and little extra playfulness to the room.

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 

Add some ornaments or greenery to tie your Christmas tree, mantel, and entire room together. 

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 

You can even place them onto woven trays in your master bedroom, or tuck a couple into storage baskets in your entry. 

Just a little “fluff” will really pull your entire Holiday Home together.

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 

6 Best Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas

 

I hope you found some helpful tips, ideas, and inspiration to wrap your gifts with a little extra love this year!!

Have a Very Merry Christmas!!

Love, Blessings & Christmas Hugs 🙂

 

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