You have scoured the internet and braved the crowds all in an effort to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones and now, it’s time for gift wrapping! We all know that presenting beautifully wrapped holiday gifts can be as much fun as purchasing and giving them, but it can be so overwhelming.

Tired of the classic holiday wrapping paper, we decided to look for some alternative gift wrap ideas. We found a plethora of tips and techniques that use a variety of natural, unexpected, and everyday materials to perfectly dress every gift.

So, whether you decide to be clever with some colored packing tape, use recycled materials, dish towels or simply wrap your gifts with brown paper and twine, taking the time to create a special wrapped package will certainly leave your family and friends with lasting impressions long after the gifts have been opened.

Here are some of our favorite ideas: – festive gift wrap finds include pastel colored masking tape, a quick and easy way to turn a simple white box into a work of art
 – clever gift wrapping ideas utilize old office supplies, creating an unexpectedly cheerful package
 – twenty-four creative gift wrapping ideas including our favorite: wrapping a bottle of wine with a pretty dish towel for  a two-in-one gift
 – shows us how to make use of all that left over tissue paper we never know what to do with, resulting in a beautifully packaged box
 – shares some brilliant ideas using vintage finds and peppermint candies… we definitely didn’t see this coming




For the over-achiever… If you haven’t seen enough here, you must check out the blog Corinna Wraps, by Corinna vanGerwen, a freelance writer/stylist and former decorating editor.  Corinna’s love for wrapping extends beyond gifts for friends and family, it is her business. You can sign up for her free gift wrapping newsletter or if you happen to be in Toronto, Canada you can take one of her wrapping workshops. Be inspired!

For the traveler… If you have to navigate the airport to get where you are going for the holidays, Virgin Atlantic is offering a special “wrapping service” for its New York passengers traveling with holiday gifts. Virgin Atlantic’s “Helpers” will be stationed at the gate and beyond security, which will allow travelers to arrive at their destination with a wrapped present while still meeting security requirements. It’ll cost you $2 per package with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. Seriously!

Happy Wrapping & Holidays from Women You Should Know!