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Last Minute Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

Calling last minute shoppers!  I’m usually running down to the wire on my Christmas shopping but even with the time crunch I still like to make my presents look pretty.

Christmas wrapping paper

My favorite wrapping paper is actually kraft paper, sometimes called postal mailing paper. It may seem ho-hum but I love it because it’s a rustic looking blank canvas for you to dress up with whatever pretty things you have laying around.

Since I’m a sucker for the beautiful (but expensive) papers from Milwaukee paper store, Broadway Paper, I usually buy one or two sheets and trim them into strips to create ribbon to get more bang for my buck. They look great if you mix and match patterns and some are even reversible, like the ones from Smock.

Brown paper packages tied up with string

Then I used fluffy white yarn that reminded me of snow, leftover gold ribbon from my holiday wreath and chandelier and sprigs of boxwood or fir (snipped from my tree!) as finishing touches.

Holiday gift wrap ideasgold gift wrap

You could also use:
Small ornaments
Cinnamon sticks
Sequins or paper punches
Multi-colored ribbons
spray painted branches

Extending my obsession with metallics this winter, I snatched up into two rolls of gold paper on sale at Michaels, which also work as a good neutral base for adornments.

pretty wrapping ideas

Want more ideas?? Check out these sites:
Martha Stewart Gift Wrap Center
How About Orange Magazine Bow
Tip Junkie Gift Wrap Ideas
Modern Vintage It’s a Wrap


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