5 Secrets to Wrapping the Perfect Christmas Gift

By: Ez Pudewa for readersdigest.com

'Tis the season to get creative with your gift wrapping. Here are five secrets that will make your packaging extra special this holiday season.

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1. It's not just what's on the inside that counts:
The best wrapping says something about what's hidden inside. Of course you don't want to give it away, but the best presents under the tree are the ones that pique your giftee's curiosity. Select gift wrap and embellishments that hint at what you're giving. Look for colors, textures, and patterns that tell a story and make your friends and loved-ones excited to see what's inside.

2. Gift toppers need not be store-bought:
A quick survey around your home will yield ample gift topping solutions. Why not use Baker's Twine to tie an old cookie cutter atop a gift for the epicurean on your gift giving list? An extra ornament or two can be strung on with Luxe Ribbon for a festive look that will delight anyone.

3. Think outside the box...literally:
Add a little mystery to your gifts by wrapping them up inside unexpected containers. A clean old coffee or nut tin makes a perfect receptacle for all sorts of gifts. Cover the outside with patterned paper or wallpaper remnants and you'll have a gift inside of a gift!

4. Forget store-bought wrap:
Create your own gift wrap using old newspapers, mismatched sewing patterns, fabric remnants and more. Waxed and parchment papers from your kitchen drawer can be layered together or with printed paper with lovely results.

5. Make a great impression:
Stamps are an easy and fun way to add a special touch to gift packages. Customize tags and cards using a stamp that your recipient will love. Repeat the stamp pattern multiple times on gift paper for one-of-a-kind wrap, or even try stamping a sheet of plain gift wrap with a celery stalk dipped in paint for a floral motif that is sure to impress.

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