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Christmas Gift Wrap Too Pretty to Open

Lively papers, in classic holiday colors and unexpected ones as well, inspire special finishing touches such as ornaments, silver bells, miniature wreaths, and more

We’ve collected more than 20 distinctive holiday gift wrap ideas for adorning the presents under your tree. Use ornaments that you already have on hand as package tie-ons, or take advantage of after-Christmas sales to stock up for next year’s wrap session.

Pure Gold

Presents wrapped in gold-and-cream colored paper. Adornments include a small golden wreath, golden rosettes, a small golden acorn ornatment, and a spring of greenery adhered with a wax seal

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  • Gold on Cream Mums handmade paper ($5/sheet) from Paper Source. Gold dotted tag ($5/pack of 24) by The Paper Studio through Hobby Lobby.
  • Woodgrain Rounds Gold on Cream handmade paper ($6/sheet) from Paper Source. Happy Holidays tag ($8/pack of 8) from Rifle Paper Co.
  • Starry soft-touch paper ($7/30″ x 5′ roll) from Caspari.
  • Gold Foil Stripes paper ($10/30″ x 10′ roll) from Paper Source.
  • Background fabric: Mikado velvet by Osborne & Little. All boxes courtesy of Nashville Wraps.

Deck the Halls

Red and green holiday gift wrap ideas. Adornments include a large green button, a small green wreath, faux red holly berries, faux peppermint candies, a blown glass tree ornament, and a greenery sprig.

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Jingle Blues

Holiday gift wrap ideas with blue and gold, and jingle bell balls attached to criss-crossed gold ribbon

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Tickled Pink

Holiday Gift Wrap ideas in Unexpected colors, including pink and yellow

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Nutcracker Suite

One present is wrapped in a graphic Nutcracker print, with a wide red bow and a Nutcracker ornament. A another is wrapped in a tradition red and green plaid with a deep green bow and a vintage-looking Santa Tag. The third is wrapped in red paper with crisscrossed gold times, plaid ribbon, and a red ornament

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Let it Snow

Snow-themed holiday gift wrap ideas

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Note: Ribbons and ornaments not sourced are stylist’s own or from Michaels, Joann, or Hobby Lobby.


Produced and styled by Amanda Smith Fowler | Photography by David Hillegas

Elliptic Pearl and Diamond Cocktail Ring from Charlotte Allison

Now for the Perfect Gift

From gourmet snacks to cozy cashmere, timeless jewelry, and even bespoke fly rods, our editors have everyone on your holiday gift list covered in Flower‘s Gift Guide 2019.