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Top, Tie and Cover It: The Trends & Art of Wrapping Gifts

Top, Tie and Cover It: The Trends & Art of Wrapping Gifts


Gift wrapping has taken on a whole new life in recent years. It almost seems like it has become a competition to see who can be more genius at the art of gift giving.

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If this display of craftiness won't get you in the mood to dig around your house for things you can turn in to beautifully embellished gifts, I don't know what could. Here we give you a fabulous collective to top, tie and cover your gifts in an eye-devouring display!

Covering: Wrap It Or Bag It

Receiving a gift wrapped in anything other than ordinary wrapping paper can be intriguing and a lot of fun. There are many ways to creatively get the proper packaging for a gift. Crafters seem to be conquering the feat of the "gift card" gift. Anywhere from creating fancy hand-made envelopes to putting one in a handmade snow globe - there are some fun ways to tackle making it look cute.

Mini Envelopes | Word Search Wrapping Paper | Stamped Kraft Paper | Lace Covered Kraft Paper | Stenciling | Fabric Covered Gifts | Newspaper Gift Bags | Embroidered Fabric Gift Bags | Egg Carton Gift Box | Patterned Pillow Boxes (or up-cycled toilet paper rolls)

The possibilities and ideas are endless! Fabric covered gifts could potentially go to the seamstress or crafter to reuse (the whole gift with gift idea here). Lace and dollies are being used plenty as embellishments in many variations. Embroidered fabric gift bags would be perfect for children to reuse or store the gift that came in it. Did you run out of gift bags and wrapping paper? No big deal, dig out some Kraft paper or newspaper and create your own gift bag! Lastly, pillow boxes and up-cycling toilet paper and paper towel rolls are trending massively right now.

However you wrap it up, make sure you embellish it fantastically too!

Embellishments (DIY): Ribbons, Bows, Wraps & More

Topping your gifts with excitement can really give them a pop! Embellishments have gotten to a point of becoming a gift on top of a gift. For example, merely adding an ornament along with another type of fluffy decor can be a quick way to dress up or add sparkle to any gift. Check out just a small collection of the many ways you can give your gift a kick.

Paper Bow | Curly bow | Yarn Pon-Pon's | Traditional Gift Bow | Pinwheels (A How-To) | Ruffly Bow

Dress up traditional bow styles such as the curly, ruffle or simple gift bow by making them yourself with attractively patterned papers or recycling newspaper. Yarn pom-pon's (pom-pom's) have become quite popular as a gift topper. The braided ties using the three colors really add a finishing touch. Pinwheels as gift bows are something kind of new as a gift topper. I'm sure this will catch on like wildfire.

Fabric Ruffle Flower | White Poinsettia | Lavender Felt Flower | Blue Daisies | Red Ruffle Flower | Mulberry Fabric Rosette | Paper Flower (brown) | Cupcake Liner Flower | Upcycled Paper Roses | Coffee Filter Flower

Who wouldn't want any variation of these flowers on their gift? From fabrics and different paper types you are sure to find something here you already have at home to create one with. The best thing about most of these flower-type toppers is that they are sure to be re-used, making it a gift within a gift.

Rainbow Paper Weave | Blue + Yellow Yarn Weave | Rainbow Yarn Ties | Confetti Stripes | Ribbon Weave | Tissue Paper Ruffle

Weaving is quickly becoming a popular favorite be it done with paper, yarn or ribbon. The confetti trick is also starting to trend; done with double sided tape and a sprinkling of confetti, voila!

Are you an early wrapper? How have you wrapped your gifts or planning on wrapping them up? Please share!  


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I really love the ideas ♥
Nice Wrapping Idea You Had Post Ms.Molly! <3
Love this I always wrap things in some type of creative and "uncommon" way and the mini envelopes that are at the very top I have been selling those for years at my daughters school craft sales for gift card holders make them and then add deco for the kids to raise money for trips and what not..... happy holidays
What great ideas and so easy and fun to do!))
thank you!
Team
Glad you are all enjoying this post. :) I couldn't get enough of the variety of ways people are wrapping presents. It's an art!

@iluvhim637 - that's great that you make the mini envelopes. I would like to make some just because. I have a bunch of beautiful paper that needs to be put to some use.
This is an area I do know about. I actually started a personal group for my ideas which i have not opened yet because i have not formatted it in an organized content group. Gift giving is an art itself. If one takes the time in the presentation it changes the perception of the gift. It makes the inexpensive gift conceptually perfect.

I will share with you the opening post I did take the time to complete before the holidays set in.
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to please everyone with their gift giving ability. I do this blog every year around the holiday's because I seem to get so many calls on "giving suggestions". I always do this as a means of giving you the tools to understand and share your ideas with others. Amazing how many people have great ideas that others can borrow from and change a little and make it their own.
The simple reality is that gift giving is very simple. It requires you to know what the person you are buying for likes ...and equally as important the presentation and / or wrapping of the gift. That is what makes the biggest impression on the contents. The perception of a gift has more to do than the reality of the gift.
The hardest gifts for people to give are those office gifts or the $10-$20 dollar limit get together for the fun of it gifts.
Gift giving is not about the gift but the thought of the gift. The thought of the gift mirrors the thought of the person receiving. A $10 gift can be wrapped or presented in a way that is unmatched to the value. Just by the extra effort in putting it together.
This applies to all holiday's, birthdays, showers, weddings, everything. .....
The first thing that people need to know....buy what the person likes and not what you like. Yes, that requires you to actually know something about the person.This is the number one mistake people make when selecting a gift. It may be a challenge when the styles clash. But the more you practice this...the easier it becomes and the more you find you are aware of the people in your life.
Simplicity in Gift Giving...2 step process or the 2 P's to success.
1. Personalization-customizing the gift in any way possible. Customizing is not necessarily imprinting the name or monogramming (but those are traditional classics...even on picture frames) but, catering to the interest in the recipient. If you know they like coffee (and that is all you really know) then get them a coffee gift. Make it. Go to walmart buy a couple of different small single sized flavored coffee's and put it with all the things to make it. Cup, spoon, coffee cake, put it in a basket instead of a sack and tie a bow around it. Basket making is easy and always looks expensive.
For those people you know nothing about...have a key chain or a picture frame initialed with their last name.
2. Presentation-Presentation is how the gift looks. A 10 dollar gift wrapped with nice paper and a satin bow (instead of plastic or paper) always looks more expensive and tastefully done. Save all your boxes through out the year and in December start spray painting them in your colors and hand paint the boxes with cute designs or elegant patterns and tie a coordinated fabric bow around them. AWESOME ....and easy.

The wrapping may cost you a little extra this year because you have to buy the supplies...but, after Christmas this year start stocking your closet with timeless gift supplies. After each holiday ...go to the Walmart's, target's, and any where you shop and buy the discounted seasonal item. Most especially the solid color ribbons and wrap. Also between the holidays when you go to buy groceries or your weekly trips to Walmart make it a point to pick up one to two small inexpensive items.
Good Items to start accumulating...
Clear Basket Wrap
Cheap small baskets for small gifts.
Satin Ribbons in the fabric sections
Colored and Designed ribbon.
White Card stock paper
Paint pens
paint-acrylic in the crafts.
Small items that can be broke up to make small gifts.-Example's-pens, pencils, soaps, lotions, Coffee Mugs, Glasses, Martini Glasses, Wash Cloths, gloves and socks, pedicure items and manicure items. etc. Start putting them in a closet and organizing it where you can just pull coordinating items to make a gift basket or box. You will be amazed at how quickly this will build up.
An example of a last minute gift around the holidays from your supply closet.
pull the following ....Socks, a pedicure and manicure set, lotion, 2 hand towels and couple of coffee mugs and 2 packs of hot chocolate.
Assemble it in a basket with filler and wrap in clear wrap so the contents become part of the display. What ever the dominant color is choose two types of ribbon. A satin and a design...one will be limp and one with wire to give it a sheer illusion. I find sheer ribbon with wire to be the best to work with.
Take a post card size piece of the white card stock and draw or write a cute slogan like...the girlfriend's hour of beauty. Use the back side like a coupon saying ...This basket entitles you to one night with all the works between two friends. You can either give it with the idea that it is to be shared with you or with another friend. This is great with a group of girlfriends and gives you the opportunity to make a point to have some friend time after the holidays. It's so simple and thoughtful and it does not matter the entire basket was less than $15 dollars because you thought enough to care about the presentation that it created that illusion of the perfect idea.
Team
Wow Glinda!!!! thanks! I would love to see visuals for this. :)
Love, love, LOVE these ideas!!! I love to wrap my hand made gifts with love! <3
My friend who loves pugs got her gift wrapped in pug calendar pages that I zig zag stitched together as wrapping paper! She loved it and was so careful not to tear the paper so she could keep it! Simple and Eco friendly too. =)
Something I do to prepare for next year is I keep all of the christmas cards, gift tags, and any wrapping paper that is cute and the following year i cut them out and use them as note card attachments, decorative tags or anything including scrap book pages.
mollybermea wrote:
Glad you are all enjoying this post. :) I couldn't get enough of the variety of ways people are wrapping presents. It's an art!

@iluvhim637 - that's great that you make the mini envelopes. I would like to make some just because. I have a bunch of beautiful paper that needs to be put to some use.


Library card holders are great for envelopes. They come in gingham, solids, prints of all kinds....and they also make good calendar pockets for events. I use library card holders for a lot of projects...I also use them to organize paper and stationary attachments or pieces that i cut off other designs.
good idea my husband gets a little upset with the way all my scraps of pretty paper seem to find their way into the strangest places through out the house..... But they come in handy and then I also collect them for a while then go through them and donate the rest to my daughters school for projects. But I think Im going to steal the idea of using the library envelopes so that maybe the scraps of paper are a bit more hidden lol
I actually did not take any for this one. However....I am going to make a couple different types tomorrow and will post those. One of my favorites is the Single Mom basket. I do this for my friends who are single mom's, divorced mom's, or grandmothers who have their grandkids a great deal. I do a book usually the night before Christmas (my favorite book is polar express...which is only done by the original artist so it can be expensive to use that book...but the Night before Christmas is a dime a dozen...and it's a great slogan for the basket gift). I usually take 2 coffee mugs usually cream with cocoa colored snow men from the flurryville collection . 2 packs of milk chocolate instant cocoa, Marshmallows and what ever else I find to follow theme. I think reading is important and I like to encourage it with a lot of my gifts. At least the ones or kids.
Usually I call this the Make it a tradition the night before Christmas...I think all kids and families need a tradition...something that they can share with their own families. We do the Polar Express Book on Christmas eve...and have now for 16 years. My boys are 11 and 16 and they know on Christmas eve before bed..I read. This year I think I am going to pass the reading to the oldest. But it's fun....and I usually give this book at any baby showers i attend.If you have not read it...by all means do that this year. Do not watch the movie over the book...I get chill bumps every time I get to the last page.
Off the subject a bit....here is something I did do for Thanksgiving. We surprised my mom in law by taking thanksgiving dinner to her. She has been diagnosed with Cancer and holiday's are upsetting to her. Mainly because she has always loved to cook and have family. She is afraid that she is not going to be able to see the family because she cannot cook. So on the eve of Thanksgiving I cooked a full meal...and using the disposable restaurant trays I packed up a whole meal and wrapped it. It was fun...kids loved it...and it really made it easy to transport. Tray and all...here is the pic for this.


yes that is the refrig. ,....just showing the way it actually took less room and really simplified the whole process.

mollybermea wrote:
Wow Glinda!!!! thanks! I would love to see visuals for this. :)
glindathegoodwitch you really know about wrapping gifts.great ideas and thx for sharing.All the best for you and your family.Wish the best to your mum dear,she has a wonderful daughter like you to feel a bit happier))
iluvhim637 wrote:
good idea my husband gets a little upset with the way all my scraps of pretty paper seem to find their way into the strangest places through out the house..... But they come in handy and then I also collect them for a while then go through them and donate the rest to my daughters school for projects. But I think Im going to steal the idea of using the library envelopes so that maybe the scraps of paper are a bit more hidden lol


Yeah, and another thought (because my hubby does too).... It will sure make it easier when he makes you really mad you can take all those little organized envelopes and pour out all the contents in his car...... :) JK. I fight the same battle. I have tried endlessly to get him to build or buy one of those outdoor garage house looking things and let me move my stuff to that...he says, he is afraid if he did that he would never see me. He also said if something ever happens to me the first thing he would ask another lady...Are you creative...? His advice to his friends in a joking manner....don't marry anyone who is talented or creative. He has a strange sense of humor and sees that as funny.
thank you so much albenaj that is a very nice thing for you to say....made my day.

albenaj wrote:
glindathegoodwitch you really know about wrapping gifts.great ideas and thx for sharing.All the best for you and your family.Wish the best to your mum dear,she has a wonderful daughter like you to feel a bit happier))
Can I marry your blog?
♥♥♥♥♥Great post!!!Love It!Thank you so much Molly for the great idea!!!♥♥♥♥♥
Love the ideas! Some day, when I am more prepared ahead of time, I will try out these great gift wrap ideas! I am usually too rushed to take the time.
Its so beautiful , it will be shame to undo this creative packaging.
Team
I vow that next year I will MAKE TIME for beautiful and creative gift wrapping! It looks like as much fun as making the gift! Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments!
My one cardinal rule of gift wrapping is never ever ever tape the paper to the gift.
I love this idea. It is awesome!! I should have seen so that i can wrap my cousin's present!
I wanted to wrap a gift for my guy friend who's in the drama department at our University. His first show if the semester is Much Ado About Nothing (a revamped version set in post WWII). Any drama-themed ideas?
great ideas. really love it ! :D
These are all lovely ideas and are so beautiful to look at! I can't wait for an opportunity to use them.

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