for time, yet you still want to show you care creatively and
fashionably. It's easy. Use these pointers (below) from American
Greetings to ensure your gift is received with a smile.
Be different and wrap
one half of a present in one design and the other half in a
complementing solid paper. Attach a solid bow that brings everything
Inexpensive items and
things you can find around the house can become creative package
decorations. For example, ball up a piece of ice cream-colored tissue
paper and nestle your scoop into an ice cream cone -- the perfect
topping for a package wrapped in ice cream-patterned paper or a gift
for an ice cream lover.
Attach something old,
something new, something borrowed and something blue. A lovely piece
of old lace, tied with a blue ribbon and topped with a shiny new
penny, is certain to catch the eye of the bride-to-be.
Mix two different
complementing colors of tissue to top off gift bags. Attach a bow or a
package decoration to make this very easy wrap extra special.
Wrapping gifts in
unexpected ways adds to the fun of the occasion. Roll golf balls in a
cylinder of golf-themed wrapping paper, tied at each end and between
each ball with curling ribbon. Curl the ribbon with a pair of
When giving a gift
for the kitchen, such as a blender or mixer, attach color-coordinating
measuring cups or spoons to tie in with your gift.
Fresh flowers make
great present-toppers on any occasion. Stick with solid color wraps
that complement, rather than compete with, your ensemble.
Add a fan fold for
special occasions. Cut a section of wrap and fold in half diagonally.
Fold into a fan and tie or tape the fan to your gift.
Draw out the
anticipation of a gift-giving occasion by delivering the gift
scavenger-hunt-style, having the recipient follow clues on a series of
notes to lead him or her to the present.