Since it's nearing the holidays and there are also a lot of excuses to give gifts while wedding planning, I thought I would share some of the more creative or unconventional ways I have packaged and wrapped presents in the past. Hopefully you find some useful inspiration for your own gifts.
This was a birthday gift for David one year. While it looks pretty conventional, I whipped up this ensemble without any typical wrapping supplies around. The paper is decorative scrapbooking paper from my craft collection, and I made the "ribbon" out of strips of tissue paper. I also made the card and envelope out of corresponding scrapbook paper.
This, a Christmas gift for David, is probably the most normally wrapped of the bunch, but I just loved how the velveteen bow mixed with the ribbon ended up looking.
This gift for an old roommate was a mug, and I didn't have an adequate box for it, so I put it inside a tissue box. Since the tissue box had a large hole on top where the tissues come out, I couldn't wrap it the normal way. I salvaged this polka dot tissue paper from a boutique shopping bag/packaging from a purchase, and bunched it at the top to cover the hole. I added the red ribbon and tied it in with the card.
Believe it or not, this is gift wrapping. The old roommate from above was late to a bridal shower and didn't have a gift. All of the girls I lived with and I donated some pretty awesome items to put in the basket, and we "wrapped" it by covering everything with flowers we picked around campus. Not only did the bride-to-be get the gifts inside, but she got a basket full of flowers too!
and finally, I don't have a picture of it, but for David's younger brother's last birthday, I was wrapping a gift at the very last minute at David's apartment with literally no supplies to work with. I grabbed some white butcher paper, wrapped the item, and added "ribbons" by twisting together rubber bands and wrapping them around the gift until it looked like a star/flower. The rubber bands gave the gift a more "manly" (vs. the girly look of my other gifts) appearance, and David and his brother loved it.
So, I highly recommend that you experiment with creative ways to wrap your gifts this season - it can be cost-efficient, eco friendly, and fun! What unconventional ways have you wrapped presents before?