This year we’re doing something a little different with Christmas gift giving. Because we’re all traveling to Maine instead of congregating at my parents’ house in Connecticut (and since some of us have a much farther distance to travel this year!) we decided to keep it simple and assign each family member two other family members to purchase gifts for instead of all five. I’m still giving gifts to my boyfriend, his parents, and my Grandy, but this strategy will definitely help lighten my suitcase when we head north.

I did a fair amount of shopping during Black Friday and Cyber Monday and love taking advantage of free gift wrapping when that’s an option! But for the rest of my presents, I’m hoping to get a little creative with my gift wrapping so I rounded up some inspiration for going beyond the traditional red-and-green-everything this year:

striped wrapping paper

{striped wrapping papersimilar style here}


{keep it neutrala good deal on kraft paper here}


{topped with the perfect bow — buy thick satin ribbon here}

katie kime gift wrap

{pretty prints from Katie Kime}


{a grosgrain bow à la Mark & Graham}


{the brighter, the better}


{cursive wrapping paper — similar style here}


{neon paper bows}

I love the idea of wrapping everything in kraft paper (which we have a ton of for packing orders in the office!) and topping each present with different color ribbon. But then again have you seen the Sugar Paper for Target gift wrap collection? I would happily buy every single item.

P.S. Where do you wrap your gifts? I feel like most people spread out on their dining room table but for some reason growing up we always turned my parents’ bedroom into gift wrap central at Christmastime — maybe because we could close the door if we were wrapping another family member’s presents? Who knows. 🙂

Get your gift wrap on:


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  1. The Sugar Paper for Target wrapping paper is amazing!! I’ve always been a solid color paper with awesome ribbon kind of gal myself when it comes to Christmas presents. And I may or may not make my family members save/give back the ribbon 🙂 We always wrapped gifts in the basement. That way you could close the door but could also hear if someone was coming down!

  2. Amen to kraft paper + beautiful bows and tags! I’ve opened a new shop with personalized printable tags … perfect for those simple packages you want to dress up his holiday season! Blue and white lovers like yourself will hopefully love what is in the works … planning to post those this week!

    Happy Holidays!
    IG//@hwallacedesigns |