Alternative Gift Wrap Ideas

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It’s an all too common scenario, you’ve got the perfect gift but no gift bag or appropriate wrapping paper. Here’s a list of alternative items that can used to conceal a special present, and some of them are even gifts themselves. All of the following items can be instantly dressed up by adding a pretty ribbon, fake flowers, or an interesting piece of old costume jewelry.


  • Brown shipping paper
  • Aluminum foil
  • Parchment paper
  • Comic section of the newspaper
  • Fabric
  • Craft paper
  • Bandana
  • Scarf


  • Lunch bag
  • Reusable shopping bag
  • Pillow case
  • Basket
  • Trinket box
  • Storage box
  • Ziploc bag
  • Fun sock
  • Large envelope
  • Tote bag
  • Colored trash bag


For some items wrapping is not necessary.

  • An awkwardly shaped item, such as a teapot, would look nice with only a ribbon tied on it.
  • A Clothing item can presented on a colorful or padded hanger.
  • A large item, such a riding toy or huge teddy bear, can simply have a cute blanket thrown over it.
  • Kids love playing a game to find their presents. Hide the gift in a drawer or cabinet. Give the kids clues to find it, or have them follow a string all over the house, leading them to their new treasure.

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