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Gift box wrapped in parchment paper with dried lavender tucked into a twine bow.



Nothing says “someone put a lot of effort into this gift” more than a custom wrap job on holiday presents. From dried orange slices and natural jute twine bows to hand-painted gift wrap, here are four unique ways to flaunt an already awesome present.

Kraft Paper

When it comes to wrapping gifts, let the star of the show here be the beautiful additions to the paper itself, like ribbon or a big bow, and any of the following florals, dried elements, or paint. Use brown or natural-colored kraft paper to fully wrap your gift as you would with the traditional brightly colored paper. Then, just add a little extra flair on top.

Dried Florals or Fruit

For a super-pretty and unique gift presentation, try threading a few dried fruit slices and a sprig of eucalyptus, rosemary, or other greenery through the decorative ribbon or string before tying it into a bow around the wrapped present. This not only adds some zest (see what we did there?) to your gift’s appearance, but also adds some extra-sensory elements, like the scent of oranges.

Cloth Wrap

Instead of going for the usual wrapping paper options, try doing something much more unexpected. Cloth wrapping is not only eco-friendly, but quite uncommon (at least in the U.S.) when it comes to giving gifts. Check out these beautiful wrapping cloths, perfect for the holidays.


Paint? That’s right, we said it! Once your present is well wrapped in the aforementioned kraft paper (or placed inside a solid colored gift box), you’ve got the perfect surface for a pretty paint job. And if you’re saying to yourself “no way could I ever paint anything”, don’t limit your abilities! A simple snowflake is easy to create and will leave the gift recipient in total awe. Not sure how to do it? Check out this quick video to get an idea on the technique.

And when you’re ready for more seasonal ideas or lifestyle tips and tricks, be sure to read through other blog posts from Olympus Carrington.


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