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Unique Gift Wrapping Ideas for Every Occasion

From unique wrapping paper to reusable cloth wrap to gift-able containers, these gift wrapping ideas will elevate any present's presentation.

Unique gift wrap ideas from Etsy
Photo by: OLSEN+OLSEN

You spent all that time finding a super-unique gift for your loved one, and your gift wrapping should be just as special. Choose the best wrapping paper on Etsy, or get a little creative and dress your present in something that is a gift in itself. Don’t have time for a full-fledged gift? Make your gift card present extra-special with these oh-so-cute gift card wrapping DIYs. From fanciful furoshiki cloth wrap to customized memory boxes to textile tote bags, get inspired with these unique gift wrapping ideas that are sure to steal the show.

Creative gift wrapping ideas

Whether the halls have been decked or you're heading out to a super special celebration, these clever gift wrapping ideas will make the opening event even more special. Here are a few unique gift wrapping ideas to get you started.

Wrapping paper for gift sets

Unique wrapping paper from Etsy SHOP: Cheeseburger wrapping paper set from Gift Couture Paper, $25

Giving someone special a set of multiple gifts and want to make sure they’re opened together? These fun and creative burger wrapping paper set will make it so all of your gifts stay together, and it will make it easier for your recipient to open them in the proper order for a drive-thru holiday success.

Best way to wrap a fancy gift

Furoshiki wraps from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Indigo fan patterned furoshiki wrap from Fab Rap Shop, from $14; solid-colored furoshiki wrap cloth from OLSEN+OLSEN, from $13; pack of 4 reusable furoshiki cloths from OLSEN+OLSEN, $49

Fancy gifts require fancy wrapping, and carefully knotted furoshiki cloth is an understated and sophisticated way to bundle up your gift. Choose a cloth with a pattern or let the fabric itself shine with a pared down, neutral color palette. Either way, this elegant gift wrap will wow your loved ones.

Wrapping paper that doubles as a gift

How to wrap pajamas
SHOP (clockwise from left): Personalized plush bathrobe from Organic Towel, from $125; block-printed shirt for men from Bootaa, $65; linen pajama set from The Bridal Thread, $80

Give them their favorite gift under the tree wrapped in their new matching Christmas pajamas. Simply tuck the gift into the shirt, fold it normally, and tie a little ribbon like a traditional gift box, et voila: A photo-worthy wrapping job without any paper at all.

A tote-ally cute gift wrapping idea

Tote bags from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Floral tote bag from TomitomiBoutique, from $21; cotton and leather black tote bag from all by FEDI, $48; canvas two-wine bottle tote from Aplat, $48; birth flower canvas tote from Emery and Opal, $16;blue shibori cotton tote bag from Shop Adroit, $21

Pick your gift and one of the best tote bags, and the tote will “handle” the gift wrapping from here! Choose the size that best fits your gift (including an excellent solution to the awkward wine bottle wrapping conundrum), and your loved one will get a bonus present to bring with them on all their errands and casual hangs.

A band for your gift wrap

Belly band gift wrap from Etsy SHOP: Australian animals Christmas gift wrap belly band from Scattered Seed Co., from $5

Add some pizzazz to your Christmas wrapping paper by adding these cute belly bands featuring animals in Santa hats. Koala’s not your style? Try other designs and options for a gift wrap that feels more “you.”

How to wrap baked goods

The way to your loved one’s heart is through their stomach, and these clever cookie containers will make your sugary gift sweet on the eyes and the taste buds. Want to go a more traditional route? Try some personalized cookie tins for a little extra flavor.

A 2-in-1 baked good gift wrapping idea for anniversaries

Customized steel bowl from Etsy SHOP: Forged steel personalized bowl with cover from R+R Handmade, from $129

Wrap up your delicious, delectable, to-die-for dessert in a gorgeous ceramic pot with a cover like this one. This hand-forged anniversary gift can be hand-stamped with initials or a date, making the cookie container almost as sweet as the baked goods themselves.

How to wrap cookies as a gift

Bowl and beeswax wrap from Etsy
SHOP: Rainbow dotted porcelain bowl from Jessica Thompson Lee, $35; beeswax food wrap set of 4 from Eco Shop By Anastasia, $22

Avoid all the plastic wrap and cellophane and pair a handmade ceramic bowl with a beeswax food wrap to minimize waste and maximize your earthy aesthetic.

A vintage recipe gift wrap

Vintage print from Etsy SHOP: Vintage-style kitchen print from Odd Old Graphics, $16

Already have a box for your baked goods? Wrap it up in vintage food prints so their mouths will be watering before they even see what’s inside.

How to wrap a gift basket

Baskets from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Screen printed canvas baskets from Netamente, $42 for a set of 2; woven bread baskets from Zoe tangle, from $23; vintage woven sea grass basket with cover from Lazy Day Relics, $23

If you've ended up with a couple cute gifts for your lucky recipient, you need a way to hold them all together. Use a printed canvas basket or woven basket for a gorgeous, rustic touch. Add some ribbon, tissue paper, and plant markers to label each gift item to elevate the presentation.

How to wrap a baby shower gift

Personalized baby blanket from Etsy SHOP: Personalized baby blanket from Two Bees Baby Boutique, from $36

Bundle up your gift with your best furoshiki wrap using an extra-soft and extra-special baby blanket. Even better: Baby blankets like this one can be personalized, so this gift wrap can stand on its own.

Personalized gift wrapping ideas

Sometimes the packaging is just as meaningful as the gifts themselves, and these personalized gift wrapping ideas are customized with your recipient in mind and at heart.

Cute custom wrapping paper for birthdays

Custom wrapping paper from Etsy SHOP: Custom birthday wrapping paper from Heather Alstead Design, from $7

Who needs a card when you can say it all on the wrapping paper? Add a cheeky personalized birthday message for that special friend or family member who loves to joke around, with custom wrapping paper like this one.

A rustic gift wrap idea for a bridal shower

Gift boxes from Etsy
SHOP: Engraved white wood wedding card box, $97; Rustic wooden personalized wedding box with lock, $97, both from Primitive Weddings

Give the bride-to-be a memory box or card box custom engraved with her and her honey’s name and fill it with the gift of a scrapbook or other meaningful gift for this next chapter of their lives.

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Mary Kinney

Mary Kinney is a writer, teaching artist, and professional tired person living in Portland, Oregon, by way of NYC. Follow her on Instagram and Tik Tok.

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