The options are endless: a twig, an ornament, a rhinestone buckle. What makes it fun is the scale (oversize can feel dramatic; tiny can be sweet) and the relationship between the object and the paper.
A big button gives a kooky charm to a small box.
Find a button to complement your style at your local craft store or at mjtrim.com.
Need a gift wrap refresher course? Watch this video to brush up on how to wrap a present, then click here for more festive holiday wrapping paper ideas.
A feather (cut to the length of the box) shimmers on similarly shaped leaves.To buy: Feather, mjtrim.com.
A playing card makes a surprising gift tag and adds to the cheery plaid-meets-text chaos. Here’s the permission you need to “borrow” a card from the deck hanging in the junk drawer.
A toy bear, car, or even a funny figurine can double as an extra gift when held with bright cord.
A velvet flower is the finishing touch to a really special gift―and hides the ends of the ribbon.
Combining metals feels modern and fun, amping up both sparkle and excitement.
Simple paper is gilded with scads of crisscrossed gold ribbon.
Sheer ribbon is an ideal embelishment because it lets a pretty pattern show through.
Homemade confetti, an over-the-top tassel, and a cellophane bag make a gift of wine look like a party in progress.
A delicious snowflake ornament is part of the present when the ribbon is left loose.
A tree among leaves has an artful quality, even though it’s a simple postcard. Gold photo corners affixing the gift tag help.
We’re all for tradition, but why not fool around with it a bit by trying unusual shades and patterns that don’t scream Christmas?
Leaves in a mossy shade add quirk and richness.
To buy: Leaves, $6.50 each, tinseltrading.com.
A linen napkin lets a beautiful (and otherwise hard-to-wrap) gift show itself off.
A small, complex print is elegant all by itself, especially when the box is tiny.
A peace sign looks cool enough for a teen, sends a timeless message, and can live on the tree for years.
Rhinestones sparkle atop a package with wrapping reminiscent of Santa’s belt. To buy: Square rhinestone buckle, mjtrim.com.
Silvery touches and unexpected add-ons invite this classic Hanukkah color to go grandma-elegant or clever-cool.
A burst of purple in a trio of metallic ribbons lights up a subdued palette.
Three ribbons are as easy to use as one. Cut them the same length, stack, and tie all at once.
A tiny handmade paper fan on a thick white ribbon echoes the shape of the snowflakes.
Jingle bells and raffia (wrapped a few times) overtake a small box―in a good way.To buy: One-inch metal bells, $6.50 for 30, amazon.com for stores.
This preppy treatment is a ribbon tied onto a loop and threaded belt-style through a second loop.
Star ornaments hooked onto pleated ribbon (wound with reckless abandon) feel edgy but seasonal.