The Pacific Merchants Guide to Gift Wrapping: Gift Wrapping Ideas that Pop!

Sure, putting a bow on it may not be quite as hip as, say, putting a bird on it, but creative wrapping sure makes gifts stand out! Now that we’re stocked up on carefully chosen, lovingly made ornaments, we’re all about putting as much care into the wrapping as the gift itself. It really is an art form, so we scoured the internet looking for great gift wrapping ideas!

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First up, gift wrap doesn’t have to be pricey to be beautiful. Check out these totally recycled, totally free ideas from Martha Stewart. Wrap in maps (free at a lot of tourist information centers,) newspaper, and even brown paper bags. When packed with a pop of colorful ribbon, a contrasting gift tag, or even a little twine, they look SO unique.

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Of course, a gift doesn’t even have to be all wrapped up to be wrapped. A beautiful, re-usable container, like a cookie tin or Kilner jar, a pop of colorful ribbon, and a pretty gift tag are all it takes to turn a gift festive. And you can pack anything, from cookies to tiny toys in jars. I mean come on, who doesn’t want a big jar full of hot wheels?

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Gotta wrap a gift at the office? At home without ribbon? Substitute colored paper. This super-cool idea from Real Simple Magazine features plain white paper and a contrasting paper “ribbon” that’s simply a strip of colored paper with holes punched in it. Could it BE any easier?

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One of our favorite blogs, Garland of Grace, featured one these oh-so-classic “brown paper packages tied up with strings” recently. I love the perky addition of gold paint and fresh greens to wrapping so traditional it’s immortalized in song.  Plus, you can do this with brown paper bags, making it a recyclable idea. I wonder if Julie Andrews has a song about recycling.

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Another one of my absolute favorites, Styling My Everyday, featured this chalkboard inspired paper.  I’m loving the chalkboard trend right now (stay tuned for some chalkboard-inspired products in the new year) They used black kraft paper, and a white paint marker to create some totally unique gifts – And check out the way the ribbon pops against the black and white!

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Last but not least, another one of our faves, How About Orange featured these snowflake-adorned parcels. Still not quite as hip as putting  a bird on it (HUGE Portlandia fan here,) but in sun-soaked California, these snowflakes are a welcome addition to an otherwise green and sunny Christmas!

What are some of your favorite ways of wrapping gifts? Let us know in the comments! I’m always looking for beautiful ideas!

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