There are so many ways to give a gift. There’s simply no need to stick to the plain old, boring status quo! Too many times we go over the checklist in our mind (cardboard boxes, tape, wrapping paper…). We don’t even stop to think about all of the fun ways we can giftwrap something. Did I mention easy and cheap, too? You don’t have to be Martha Steward to hand someone the most adorable package they’ve ever seen. If you’ve got Pinterest and YouTube you’ve got everything you need!
Sans Cardboard Boxes
Let’s start by saying “no” to plain old cardboard boxes. Nowadays, there are templates and patterns online that you can download and print out and then trace on beautifully designed cardstock. Literally, with a couple rolls, tucks, and bends you can create a package that yawns open at the corners, unfolding like a flower, with a cylinder in the middle holding the actual gift.
Another favorite of mine are like little fortune cookies. Once again, using cardstock, you can fashion hollow geometric shapes and then stick a little piece of ribbon or thin paper out with the name of the participant. These make awesome party favors.
You might be scared to branch out, but trust me, this is one of those times when it’s okay to do so. Sometimes people use a cute scrap of cloth or even a beautiful scarf to wrap their gifts in. This is all well and good but you can achieve the same effect with a fifty-cent piece of felt from your local craft store. Once again, there are plenty of how-tos all over the internet, so don’t get give up before you even get started. Felt and ribbon. That’s like three bucks. And if you are really liking the wrapping-turned-bonus-gift idea just use a coffee mug! Everyone uses coffee mugs (they do, right?). Stuff it with tissue paper, slip a gift card inside, that’s all it takes. See! You don’t have to be a creative genius to make it happen.
Perhaps my favorite thing about gift-wrapping is embellishing. This is simply not how things were done when I was growing up. You were lucky if the paper was cute. But now there are SO many ideas, and most of them aren’t that groundbreaking. Skip the designed wrapping paper altogether and go with a solid color.
Then, make it fun and 3D by adding your own touch: glue buttons or pompoms all over a package; use washi tape to create designs and pictures.