If you're going all out with an unusual color palette like the white and purple wonder in celebrity Alison Sweeney's home, continue the scheme under the tree, too. The wrapping paper has different patterns, but the consistent palette keeps the look harmonious.
Rather than opting for the traditional red and green Christmas color palette, HGTV fan rdminnc combined hot pink and lime green gift wrap with orange Gerbera daisies for a hip holiday look.
Make It Sparkle
Metallic wrap and ribbons make any gift shine. Trendy metals such as gold, silver, copper and bronze add seasonal sparkle when paired with other colors or used alone for a monochromatic scheme. To keep your gifts from looking too matchy-matchy, combine metallic papers in fashion-forward patterns — like chevron, damask, trellis, pin stripes and polka dots.
Keep It Simple
HGTV fan mrsculater prefers to limit her gift wrap to four or five paper choices max. In her words, "Creating a theme with your papers and ribbons accentuates the tree in many ways and becomes part of the entire picture."
Fab and Functional
Designer Erinn Valencich puts wrapped gifts to work as stylish stocking holders. Erinn wrapped weighted boxes with colorful paper embellished with fabric ribbon and glass ornaments. Before wrapping, simply fill boxes with a brick or plastic container filled with gravel.
Cheap and Chic
Recycled brown Kraft paper (which can be found in big rolls at your local craft, office supply or dollar store) is a great anytime gift wrap. Tie with twine and embellish with a pinecone and evergreen clippings from your backyard for gift wrap that's easy on the environment and your wallet.
No Baskets Needed
When giving homemade treats as a gift, think outside the basket. A colorful bowl, platter or tray does the trick and is more likely to be reused by the recipient. Shop estate sales, flea markets and antique markets to find vintage transferware, hand-painted porcelain and cut crystal.