Creative Gift-Wrapping Ideas

I met today’s guests earlier this year, when they joined my series on Spring Cleaning. They are sisters who run a wonderful blog called At the Picket Fence filled with beautiful photos and creative tips.  When I decided to do a Sweet & Simple Christmas series, I knew I had to have them back.  I was certain they would inspire me to do something creative!

I’m thrilled to introduce you to Heather and Vanessa and their simple yet lovely ideas.  To learn more about these ladies, please read to the bottom of the post for their bios. And I’ve included the winners of yesterday’s giveaway there too.

Here are Heather and Vanessa …




You’ve spent countless hours searching for the perfect gifts.  Maybe you woke up early on Black Friday to stand in line, getting the best price on your child’s number one Christmas wish.  Possibly, you decided that battling the crowded stores was just too much for you this year, so you let your fingers do the shopping.  Pricing and comparing each gift online to get the most for your money.

You could be the type of woman who started your shopping before last year was even over! Searching the sales racks, specials deals and sorting through the toy bins at every discount store storing up all year so you could get the most bang for your buck.

Regardless, there comes the point where, however you did your Christmas shopping, those presents need wrapping and often that can feels as stressful as the gift buying itself.

We’ve rounded up a few frugal gift wrapping ideas that will not only simplify your wrapping but are beautiful as well!


We are going to give you a few tips on how to turn these few simple supplies into beautiful wrappings that won’t break the bank and won’t leave you wrapping until midnight Christmas Eve!

Postal Wrapping Paper-This has become a go-to wrapping paper in our house.  It is perfect for any occasion, it is inexpensive and it’s environmentally friendly.

Craft Bags-Again, these bags are perfect for any occasion, they can be personalized and bought in bulk.

Bolts of Ribbon-Years ago it dawned on us that “real ribbon” while more expensive to purchase than “bags of bows” or “curling ribbon” actually ended up being far more frugal in the long run.  We purchase bolts of ribbon on clearance after the holidays and throughout the year as we find it on sale and we re-use this ribbon year after year.  After the un-wrapping chaos is over, we gather up the ribbon, curl it back up and keep it in a ribbon bin to be used again.  If you purchase neutral colors they will go with any packaging.  The wired ribbon is especially nice to form pretty bows.


Address Labels-We all have sheets of address labels around.  Our favorite size is the handy 4 X 2 inch shipping labels.  This year instead of buying those little tags that are cheap, but often lacking in aesthetic or those large gilded tags that while beautiful, cost as much as the gifts themselves; we decided to make some fun personal homemade tags instead. These tags were as simple as inserting a photo of the designated recipient in each “label.” They can even be copied and pasted over and over to create sheets of labels for each family member.  Not only is this a fun personal touch, it’s so easy to peel and stick each label on the appropriate gifts. How much fun for your kids to see their faces peeking out at them from under the tree!

Picture Frame Tags-If you’d like to go a step further and have your “tag” be another small gift, you can purchase inexpensive little frames at your local Dollar Store and apply one of the stickers to the frame back.  Now they have a tag they can keep!

Take-out Boxes-Take out boxes are such a fun way to quickly wrap up a small item! Again, these boxes can be used over and over and are inexpensive to purchase in bulk.

Recycled Cans and Containers-One of the most inexpensive ways to package a gift for Christmas is to recycle lidded cans and containers. Coffee cans, cookie cans, and jars can all be used as “gift wrapping” Purchase a few cans of fun spray paint colors to keep on hand and line these cans for a quick coat of paint.  Top lids with chalk paint, that can be found in spray paint or brush on form, and write the recipient’s name on top. These can be used year after year or the recipient can keep the can for a fun keepsake container!

Proverbs 31 states that, “She seeks out wool and flax and weaves with skillful hands.” Today we may not have an opportunity to “seek out wool and flax” but we can find ways to be resourceful, frugal, and skillful with what God has given us! We hope these “simple Christmas wrapping” suggestions will help spark creative and unique ways to create beautiful and stress free gift giving!

For more simple and frugal Christmas projects, like these and Ribbon Banner Ornaments


or this trio of Sea Shell Christmas Trees

we’d love you to visit us over At The Picket Fence!



Thank you Vanessa and Heather.  I love the idea of re-using a better ribbon year after year.  The only problem is I can see is my sisters and I might have a minor brawl (with lots of laughter) as we argued over who should get to keep it – the giver or the receiver!  Well, that’s a problem we can solve.

I hope you’ll all visit At the Picket Fence for more great ideas!  I really adore these girls.

Thanks so much for joining us today.




Congratulations to the winners of Van Walton’s DVD Children’s book:

Emma who posted a comment at 2012/12/19 at 4:52 am

Terri who posted a comment at 2012/12/19 at 5:06 pm

Janet who posted a comment at 2012/12/19 at 11:51 am

Thanks to all who left a comment.  I enjoyed reading about your favorite gifts.




  1. Lynne says

    I love the gift tag picture idea. I have 4 beautiful grandchildren who would like this special touch. I use to buy special Christmas paper for each grandchild. That was how they knew which present was theirs. This is much better and easier on my budget.
    Thank you.
    Have a truly blessed Christmas.
    Mammy, my treasured grandmother name

  2. Marilyn M says

    I had to laugh at your comment (Glennis) about arguing over the pretty ribbon! Here’s how I handle that. The ribbon that is tossed aside I secretly retrieve and if the receiver of the gift likes it well enough to roll and keep it, then that’s great too!

    Thanks, Heather & Vanessa, for the great ideas!

  3. Anonymous says

    I’m so thankful for this post today! I don’t have very many gifts to wrap but I know I do not have enough wrapping paper. I do have a roll of postal paper but never thought of using it to wrap Christmas gifts with. (duh) I will be making use of it this year. :)

  4. says

    I loved this post! Using postal paper is how I am going to wrap each gift this year, and use lace for ribbon. I am picking up rolls of lace whenever I find them during my thrifting trips, and am going to use them for ribbon for all occasions through the year. That, and tuck a picture of our daughter under the lace for an extra special touch for family.

  5. Jennifer R. says

    Using postal paper is a great idea. To make it decorative you can buy Christmas stickers or any stickers will do. I have a friend who loves butterflies so I put butterfly stickers on her package. I’ve heard of people using the funny page from the newspaper as wrapping.

    Question: Did I miss it or did you forget to put the winners from yesterday’s giveaway?

  6. Niki says

    only if the gifts could wrap themselves! one year a friend gave me a gift wrapped w/material, she had been saving & passed it on to me…..

    • Glynnis says

      Vicki – thank you for catching that. I know I typed that up at the end of the post, but I must have deleted it on accident somehow. I added it back in to the bottom of my post.

      Emma who posted a comment at 2012/12/19 at 4:52 am

      Terri who posted a comment at 2012/12/19 at 5:06 pm

      Janet who posted a comment at 2012/12/19 at 11:51 am

  7. Stacie says

    These are cute ideas! We cut the fronts off of the Christmas cards we get each year and save them. Then we use them the following year as gift tags and the girls use them to make cards and pictures for their friends.

  8. says

    As a dedicated crafter/artist, I enjoy making gifts look extra-special, but it can run into money. I save pretty paper shopping bags all year and put stickers over the store names, for one easy and free wrap. For ribbon, I love the real ribbon idea, too. I also use yarn strings, either single (for bulky style yarn) or in crocheted chains (for thinner yarn). It’s a great way to use up bits of yarn if you don’t do granny squares (and I made my last granny square afghan several years ago, after it took longer to put togehter than it did to make all the components LOL). Another thing you can do is pick up silk greenery and flowers at end-of-year clearance, garage sales, etc. and tuck springs into the ribbon for a nice touch. If I must buy ribbon, I buy large spools of curly ribbon, either red or white, from a balloon supply place. The curls make pretty bows and red or white pretty much goes with anything! Merry Christmas, y’all!

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  11. says

    Such a great ideas and unique ones to be gifted on Christmas to make your loved ones happy. Christmas is great occasion who waits whole year to celebrate happily.


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