This year, why not take a page from your own lesson plan and wrap up those gifts with easy artwork that you create yourself? Here are some suggestions for making quick and clever work of holiday gift wrapping.
If you plan to give small trinkets, stock up on miniature Chinese food cartons. They’re cute, versatile, and will delight students or family members. Plus they’re readily available at crafts stores. Forego the ribbons and bows and attach a small fortune cookie-style fortune in your own handwriting to each gift. It will be remembered.
Stock up on small jingle bells and tie several onto your wrapped packages to create a joyful noise. The gifts will be received with squeals of delight!
Personalized Artwork Gift Wrap
Personalize your gifts with your own drawings. Use watercolor paints, crayons, or markers to create your own childlike impressions, and be bold about using your imagination to unleash your “inner artist.” Or add hand-colored cards to simple wrappings for an artistic finish.
Make Bubble Wrap Art and call it a wrap for unusually-shaped and breakable gifts. We love this idea because it makes such simple work out of holiday gift wrapping. There’s no need for bows! Spray bright colors on the bubble wrap and let it dry completely, then cut it to the size you need when you’re ready to wrap.
Simple and Rustic
Go rustic for a simple, country holiday look. Use plain white paper with natural twine rather than fancy ribbon and bows. Add bow-tie pasta just for fun! Alternatively, wrap gifts in brown mailing paper and use narrow white satin or velvet ribbon to tie it up.
Word Cloud Gift Wrap
Create a word cloud using an online word cloud generator, then print it out on colored copy paper for unique holiday gift wrapping paper. You can use trendy neon colors or stick with pastels, but make sure your words are large enough and dark enough to be read clearly! Top it with contrasting ribbons.
Still stumped? Take inspiration from the world around you! Collect small twigs from the yard or purchase cinnamon and spice-scented pine cones to adorn your packages. Collect canning jars and covers and fill them with hard candies, jelly beans, or spiced tea mix. Who needs wrapping when the gift itself is such a treat?
Do you have a clever holiday gift wrapping idea? Tell us in the comments!