What inspires you?

If you follow along on our blog you may remember this post from last year. We loved the tips and inspiration here and decided to share it again, with a twist. We included eco-friendly options for each design idea and hope it inspires you to go green this year when choosing gift wrap.

Gift wrapping can be an art form. In fact, I know someone that can wrap a gift with such accuracy that I swear she is cheating. I witnessed it though, so I knew she wasn’t, and with the grace and elegance of Jacqueline Kennedy she folded and twisted the paper into an awe inspiring origami like structure. Ribbons, perfectly matched, fell from it and moved with it as if choreographed. The presentation was as much the gift as what the box itself held. The time and effort was palpable and brought with it sentiments that are etched across the heart.

Creative wrapping abounds as inspiration can be found across social media and magazines both online and in your mailbox. Here’s some of what inspires us:

Merry and Bright

We love the use of non-traditional colors in this wrapping. Who says you have to stick to red and green? Mix it up for festive gift wrapping that will please a special person on your list.

Photo courtesy of Traditional Home

Pink holiday gift wrapping

Brightly colored eco-friendly option from Wrappily.

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Carefully Crafted Pleats

Folding pleats in your gift wrap is a really easy way to dress up a package. It gives it the formal look of a tuxedo shirt and it’s quick and easy to do.

Photo courtesy of Traditional Home

Pleated gift wrapping

Try pleating this eco-friendly option, Marbled Mistletoe, from Wrappily.


Bright Ornaments

Punctuating a beautiful bow with a few inexpensive ornaments is a great way to bring flair and class to your gift wrapping wihtout breaking the bank.

Photo courtesy of Traditional Home

Ornaments on gift wrap

Bring on the flair with environmentally friendly pine cones and greens!

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Chalkboard Inspired

Keep your eye open for unique wrapping paper. Not found at the big-box stores, specialty papers are fun, beautifully designed and make presenting that perfect gift a memorable experience.

Photo courtesy of Hallmark

Chalkboard inspired vintage wrapping paper

This llama inspired eco-friendly wrap from Wrappily is definitely unique!

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Black & White Ribbon

This is a big trend this year. Bold black and white ribbon bring a chic punch to red and green wrapping paper. It’s is a timeless classic that you can use throughout the year!

Photo courtesy of Nine and Sixteen

Opt for recyclable paper ribbon! Lots of color choices available!

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Upcycled Newspaper

Who hasn’t wrapped a gift in newspaper in a pinch? The old tried and true method is back and all dressed up for the holidays. By adding a creative newspaper “bow” and some holiday ribbon, this newspaper-clad present is ready for it’s closeup!

Photo courtesy of Country Living

Present wrapped in newspaper

Newspaper wrap…already an eco-friendly choice!

Creative Ribbon Cutting

This is both beautiful and kind of amazing, and might be considered “advanced” level wrapping, but wow, what a statement this ribbon cutting makes!

Photo courtesy of Traditional Home

Package with intricate ribbon cutting

Paper ribbon will work for this too!

With all the choices of gift wrap and ribbon it’s easy to get creative, put your personality into it, and make a memorable, merry and bright impression on the lucky recipient!

Have questions? Just ask! We’d love to hear from you!

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping

Just in case you missed this last week…

and it looks good!

Did you know the majority of gift wrapping paper is not recyclable? About 4 million pounds of wrapping paper ends up in the trash each year. That’s enough to fill up 5,787 football fields! Why not break tradition this year and try one of the alternative gift wrapping ideas from Earth911. Or, take a look at the 100% recyclable paper from Wrappily. This clever eco-friendly company uses neighborhood newspaper presses to create their products and they have plenty of fresh designs you are sure to fall in love with.

Be Kind to Mother Earth

Remember, it matters to someone.