Stylish Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

You spend so much time carefully selecting just-the-right present for everyone on your list. Give your gifts a professionally wrapped look with our tips.
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Take a Cue From Your Tree

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.

Go Bold

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.

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