Trying to make a gift look its best without wrapping it with paper can feel like an uphill battle. After all, professional wrapping focuses on perfect folds and meeting that mystical “three pieces of tape” limit. Fortunately, making a gift look great is possible without the hassle and paper cuts.
Bags Over Boxes
A common impetus for using wrapping paper is to cover up the less-than-interesting exterior of gift boxes. One way to get around this is to ditch the box entirely and switch to packaging your gift in a drawstring bag.
These bags come in sheer, opaque, and themed styles that make them suitable for any occasion. Plus, they’re perfect for items that are a bit too unwieldy to confine to a box. Drawstring gift bags also make the gift-giving experience less awkward for everyone involved, as they eliminate the time-consuming process of tearing through wrapping paper or asking someone for scissors or a box cutter.
Gift Inside a Gift
One way to immediately add a sense of grandeur to the gift you’re giving is to present it as part of a set or basket! Every holiday has its own towering basket in the grocery store, boasting a collection of treats, collectibles, or gift cards, all displayed with care. If you’re looking for an alternative way to make your gift stand out, pair it with a collection of smaller gifts, wrap it up in cellophane and ribbon, and let the impressive set speak for itself.
Fabric is a unique alternative to gift wrapping. While we often incorporate strips of ribbon or yarn into our gift packaging, utilizing fabric to cover a box can be an eco-friendly way to both soften a gift’s appearance and make use of an unwanted (but pre-washed) scarf or T-shirt.
If you want a more professional or designer appearance to your fabric wrapping, gift-wrapping cloths called furoshiki are available with high-quality fabric and hand-painted designs. These beautiful alternatives to paper give the gift recipient a piece of art alongside the gift itself.
How a gift looks can change how the recipient feels about what’s inside, so it’s important to make a gift look its best even without wrapping it. Perfection isn’t always the goal, however, especially when you’re gifting to a family friend or loved one. Simply focus on creating a fun appearance that suits the occasion, no matter the material you use.