18 Minimalist Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Christine | Admire Simple
by Christine | Admire Simple

Christmas is just a few weeks away. I love this time of the year when I can slow down, spend time with family and friends, baking, making crafts, and having some fun together.

Today, I’ve rounded up 18 minimalist Christmas gift wrapping ideas for you. These festive DIY gift wrap ideas are so lovely because you can easily wrap a gift in a creative way. They are very simple, fun and inexpensive to make.

I’ve also covered some eco-friendly alternatives to traditional gift wrap that are cute and pretty too. Save these minimalist gift wrap ideas for the holidays, birthdays, or any occasion.

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18 DIY Minimalist Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

All these DIY gift packaging ideas are creative and eco-friendly. You just only need a few basic art supplies to get started.

DIY Minimal Gift Wrapping Materials and Tools:

1. Natural Gift Wrapping

Looking for a simple yet elegant approach to Christmas gift wrapping? Try wrapping your presents with craft paper. Use a hot glue gun to glue a few sprigs of rosemary and tape a fresh little flower for a simple rustic look.

2. Handmade Gift Bags with Book Pages

Upcycling an old book to make gift bags pouches. Using your old book pages to wrap up small and lightweight gifts like candies and treats. No need to use a box and totally make your gifts stand out!

3. Newspaper Gift Wrapping Paper

Get creative by repurposing old newspapers into DIY newspaper gift wrap. Use a paint pen to write or draw things to decorate.

Tips and ideas for a stress-free holiday season:

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4. Fabric Wrapping Cloth

Go green and wrap gifts the Furoshiki way. A Furoshiki wrap is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that can be used to wrap gifts or anything. Cloth wrap is an eco-friendly and sustainable way of gift-giving. Make your own lovely furoshiki this year!

5. Personalized Gift Idea

Decorating gifts with memories. Print out the photo with your recipient and tuck it under the twine.

6. Scandinavian Christmas Tags

I love the Scandinavian inspired prints and patterns. Add a personal touch to your holiday gifts with these simple but beautiful gift tags.

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7. DIY Watercolor Gift Tags

This watercolor holiday wreath is fun and easy to create. Follow the tutorial from Lindsey. She also has a free printable DIY gift tag template for you.

8. Paper Snowflakes DIY

Be creative and get crafty to make your own embellishment from paper. These DIY paper snowflakes gift toppers can also be hung.

9. DIY Calligraphy Wrapping Paper

Make a calligraphy gift wrap with a sharpie and kraft paper. Simply dress it up with a ribbon.

10. Gift Wrap Pocket

Fold a recycled brown paper and make a few layers. Tuck a couple of eucalyptus cuttings with the birch moose decorations to add a festive touch. Kate shared more brown paper wrapping ideas here.

11. Chalkboard Art

You only need some black craft paper and a few white paint markers to create these beautiful “chalkboard” packages.

12. Simple Paper Bag Gift Wrap

Create these pretty gift bags with alphabet stamps, stamp pad, eucalyptus branches and some twine. Such a great idea to wrap presents without boxes!

13. Potato Print Christmas Stamps

DIY your own unique gift wrap from something you already have around the house. Make a Christmas tree stamp with a potato and stamp on craft paper. Embellishing with twigs.

14. Washi Tape Flag Garland

Easy DIY with washi tape, scissors and twine. This simple present wrapping looks so cute. I can’t wait to try it out this year!

15. Creativity Unlimited

Using things like craft paper, baker’s twine, marker and glitter adhesive tape can make beautiful handmade gift wrap. They are simple and elegant.

16. Gold Sharpie on Matte Black Wrapping Paper

Use a metallic Sharpie marker to make your own DIY hand-drawn gift wrap.

17. Dried Fruit Slices Embellishment

Dried fruit ornaments are beautiful on Christmas trees. These homemade dried orange slices can also be decorated on top of the wrapping presents. They give the presents a rustic festive look.

18. Gift Wrap with Fresh Greenery

Adding fresh winter greenery to gift wrapping can create a rustic charm vibe.

Final Thoughts on Minimalist Christmas Gift Wrapping

There are so many ways to wrap presents beautifully. Minimalist Christmas gift wrap is simple but stylish. Simply use craft wrapping paper, some evergreen sprigs, pinecones, or other natural elements, and then tie them up with a string.

This natural rustic theme presents the wrapping idea in a Scandinavian style and can be used for all occasions.

If you want to try a more sustainable way to wrap gifts, using newspaper, fabric, and recycle brown paper are all eco-friendly alternatives to traditional holiday wrapping paper.

Using flowers or sprigs instead of plastic bows. They are unique, easy, inexpensive, and create less waste.

Now that you have ideas on how to make handmade gift wrapping paper, I hope all the DIY gift packaging ideas and designs above will inspire you to get creative this holiday season!

Want to have a stress-free holiday season? Be sure to get your free printable Christmas Planner to help organize your gift-giving, and keep track of all the holiday plans.

Christine | Admire Simple
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  • Linda Cole Linda Cole on Nov 17, 2022

    I use brown craft paper. I mix up red paint and make a sponge stamp pad. Cut an apple exactly in half and use it as a stamp, the result is fabulous!