23 Easy and Creative Neutral Gift Wrapping Ideas

Today is Day 4 of our 5 Days of Holiday Inspiration that my blogger friends and I are sharing with you this week. I can’t wait to share these 23 easy and creative neutral gift wrapping ideas with you!

Today is all about gift wrapping ideas and inspiration and we have so many great ideas for you this holiday season.

If you missed Day 1, we shared some amazing holiday recipes. I made this cute Christmas Tree charcuterie board that is so easy to make and perfect for any holiday get together.

christmas tree shape charcuterie board with rosemary cherry tomatoes black olives mini mozzarella bites and small pepperoni

Day 2 was holiday tablescapes, and there was so much wonderful inspiration from this talented group of ladies. I created a Christmas tablescape with gold bells and greenery. It turned out to be one of my favorite holiday tablescapes I’ve ever put together, and so easy.

2 christmas place settings white linen placemat gold flatware white dinner plate small greenery wreath with white salad plate on top gold bell with gold felt ribbon on top of plate for place card holder linen napkin under dinner plate

And Day 3 was handmade ornaments and gift ideas. I shared 9 simple handmade Christmas ornament ideas.

handmade air dry clay ornaments laying on metal baking sheet

In case you missed them, be sure and pop over and see all of the great ideas and inspiration.

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Today, I’m going to show you 23 easy and creative neutral gift wrapping ideas for the holidays.

As a lot of you know, my home decor is all neutral, even my holiday decor.

I love creating beautiful gifts to give to friends and family and especially coming up with unusual wrapping ideas.

It’s fun to think outside the box and come up with unique ways to wrap gifts. And also use some different things to incorporate in my wrapping.

neutral gift wrapping ideas

Here are a few basic things I like to have on hand for my neutral gift wrapping.

Brown paper bags
Brown Gift Boxes
Neutral Wrapping Paper – A roll of brown kraft paper and a roll of white wrapping paper
White Tissue Paper
Gray Tissue Paper
An assortment of ribbons (white, cream, tan, gray) I really like to use a vintage type seam binding in cream and tan colors. I have linked some at the bottom of the post.

unique gift wrap ideas

And these are a few unusual things I like to use for my neutral gift wrapping and a good way to take your holiday gifts to the next level….

Vintage Patterns
Fresh greenery (rosemary, cedar, pine, holly, etc.)
White Shoe Polish
Set of Letter Stamps and Stamp Pad
Sheet Music
Vintage Book Pages
White/Ivory Buttons
Vintage Black and White Photos
Macrame Rope
Roll of narrow brown tape
Washi Tape
Scrabble Tiles

other supplies for gift wrapping

It’s a great idea to set up a gift wrapping station to use for holiday wrapping.

Keep everything you will need in a basket or box nearby. This way everything is neat and handy, and it’s always readily available when you need to wrap a last-minute present.

Spray Glue
Rolls of wrapping paper
gift tags
Hot Glue Gun
Twine or Ribbon
Tissue Paper
And any other items you are incorporating into your holiday gift wrapping

gift wrapping ideas without box

If you don’t have a box to wrap an unusual shaped or size gift, you can always use a gift bag.

I like to use brown kraft bags or white paper bags with handles to go with my neutral gift wrapping decor.

I keep assorted sizes handy during the holidays, so no matter the size or shape of gift I will always have one to fit.

Another idea is to use a piece of fabric or a dishtowel. Just lay your gift on a large piece of fabric and tie all of the corners together in the center.

If you are taking a bottle of wine for a hostess gift, it’s a cute idea to fold a dish towel into a narrow strip and tie in a knot around the neck of the bottle then add cute gift tags.

different ways to decorate a gift box

I use brown kraft paper or white wrapping paper to wrap my gift boxes with.

Last year, I actually found sets of different sizes of brown kraft gift boxes, so I used those and didn’t even have to use wrapping paper.

To decorate my brown or white wrapped boxes I like to use sheet music pages or vintage book pages and cut shapes to glue on the top of the box.

You can cut Christmas tree shapes, holly, snowflakes, etc.

To cut a Christmas tree shape, I just fold the sheet music or book page in half and using the fold I free hand the shape of one side of the tree. Then open up the fold and there you have it, a super cute decoration for your Christmas presents.

You can also add these to your brown paper bag packages.

Tie a pretty ribbon and add a fun and creative tag, and you have a wonderful and unique gift.

Another idea is to cut different lengths of rosemary sprigs and glue them horizontally to create a tree shape. Add a few sticks at the bottom to resemble the trunk.

Use a full sheet of music to glue to the top of brown paper packages or boxes.

interesting and unusual gift bag ideas

There are so many fun and creative ways to embellish a plain gift bag.

Here are a few fun things I like to do……

Use white shoe polish and freehand a Christmas shape or design.

Cut holiday shapes from vintage book pages or sheet music and apply to the front of your bag.

Use old black and white vintage photos to add a nostalgic and unusual touch. Just use spray adhesive to attach the photo to your bag.

Use buttons to create a Christmas tree shape, or add them on top of a Christmas tree shape cut out of a book page.

Going out of your way with the wrapping can really create thoughtful gifts.

recycling ideas for old gift bags

You know when you buy something in a boutique type store and they put your purchase in a paper bag with handles and it has their logo on it?

Instead of tossing the bag, use a piece of vintage book page or sheet music and tear in an irregular shape. Using a glue stick or spray adhesive, cover the store logo with the book page or sheet music.

It’s a great way to recycle your bags and adds a unique touch to your gift.

a few more neutral wrapping ideas…

Buy small muslin drawstring bags for gift cards. Using rubber stamps and a stamp pad, add the name of the person the gift is for to the front of the bag.

Tie on a stem of greenery or a small Christmas ornament to add another fun element to the bag.

Wrap small gifts in a piece of sheet music. Add a fun tag and ribbon or glue scrabble tiles with the persons name on the front of the package.

Using macrame cording, wrap around a gift and tie a basic macrame knot. If you don’t already know how to do this, you can find full tutorial instructions on line.

gift tags ideas for neutral gift wrapping

I love to use shipping tags for my name tags for gifts. They come in white or manila color.

I also buy brown kraft tags from the craft store.

Some fun things to get creative with your tags is to stamp the name of the recipient on the tag using letter stamps.

Or use scrabble tiles to spell out a name. You can find inexpensive scrabble sets in thrift stores occasionally. Simply hot glue the tiles on the tag or package.

Use narrow brown paper tape to tape down a piece of greenery.

And my new favorite thing I discovered is using hot glue to create a seal over a piece of greenery or small flower bloom, like lavender.

Just place your piece of greenery or flower on your tag, then put some hot glue about the size of a quarter. While the glue is still hot, press your seal into the glue and hold down until it’s dry. Carefully remove it from the design.

white shipping tags with rosemary and lavender sprig sealed

It is so beautiful and unique and you could get really creative with what you seal onto your tags.

gift presentation ideas

Coming up with a beautiful gift presentation makes your gift recipient feel extra special and adds such a personal touch.

And a beautiful wrapped gift will look amazing underneath your tree.

Some different ways I like to add a special touch to packages is adding a sprig of fresh greenery to a gift bag, gift box or gift tag.

Adding natural elements like fresh rosemary, a small piece of pine branch or cedar looks beautiful and smells amazing.

These will eventually dry out, so cut them close to the time you will be giving the gift.

Now, let’s check out all the beautiful Christmas gifts my friend’s have wrapped up.

5 days of christmas cheer listing all 5 that are participating
christmas tree flourish

Diane from South House Designs

Here’s a clever and eco-friendly embellishment to make for your gift wrapping, or use as place cards or even as ornaments for the holidays. These stars are fun to make and can be customized in so many ways! Besides, there’s nothing like a great upcycle and saving money too!

holiday gift packages blue and white

Lynn from Living Large In a Small House

Beautiful gift wrapping doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Using kraft paper is an economical option and now it’s available in all different colors.

navy wrapped gift with greenery

Cindy from Reinvented Delaware

Simple Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas that are creative and won’t break the bank! These easy and unique ideas are fun to create and won’t take much time. Slow down and enjoy this Christmas Season!

holiday gift packages under the tree

Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm

The holidays are a time for giving, and what better way to show your loved ones how much you care than by wrapping their gifts in beautiful paper and bows? If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out these creative gift wrapping ideas that will make your presents stand out from the rest. From sparkly decorations to festive ribbon, there’s something here for everyone! So get started on your holiday shopping and start wrapping those presents like a pro.

holiday gift packages under the tree

I hope you enjoyed seeing 23 easy and creative neutral gift wrapping ideas. I would love to hear if you try them.


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  1. This is all so brilliant. I think I need to print a copy and frame it above my gift-wrapping station (when that gets unpacked and unburied — it’s only been four years 🤭)

    The hot glue as a sealing wax is pure genius!

    1. Thanks so much Diane! I’m so glad you liked all of the ideas and found inspiration!

  2. Wow, Michele, this is amazing! I love your ideas. So pretty.

    1. Thank you Renae! So glad you liked them!

  3. Lesa Gage says:

    Love love these ideas! They are so fresh and unique!

    1. Thank you so much sweet friend!! Happy Sunday!

  4. These are without a doubt the best wrapping ideas I’ve ever seen. Thank You!

    1. Oh wow, that’s so nice to hear! I really appreciate that and so glad you found some inspiration!

    1. Oh good Lora! I’m so glad you liked them, and thanks so much for the kind words!

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