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Five Creative Ways To Wrap Presents

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the countdown is on to give your loved ones the perfect gift. As most of us rush to find that perfect last-minute gift, (I'm jealous and impressed if you finished before November) the next thing on our to-do list is wrapping our perfect presents.

Try as we might, not all of us can be Martha Stewart and know how to use that twig tree branch in the back yard as a bow. But don't worry, The Lakeside Collection has scoured the Web to find the most creative (and easy) ways to wrap presents.

Painted Fabric

Who hasn't tried to repurpose gift wrap and/or gift bags? Well, why not give a second "gift" this holiday season and wrap a present in some fabric. It's unique, cute and reusable for the gifted. We found a great post over at Unruly Things to get you started. All you need is some fabric (no pattern), a stamp and paint. It's easy peasy from there!

Everything Is Better With Chalkboard Markers

In the last few years the chalkboard "look" has made a huge appearance in the DIY universe. From wall paint to creating your own menu board at home, the chalkboard look is in. Why not translate that look into a gift this holiday season? All you need is some black paper (or bag) and a chalkboard marker. If your handwriting isn't great try downloading some fun fonts and tracing them on the paper before using the marker on your gift wrap.

Country Chic

Not all presents need to be red and green during the holidays (or have a picture of ol' Saint Nick). Using brown wrapping paper will have your present looking country chic in no time! You can even spice it up with a little twine for the bow.

Paint Samples Aren't Just For Show

The beauty with paint samples is they have wide variety of colors and are easy to come by. The creative mind at How About Orange has a great tutorial on how to make gift boxes from paint swatches. These boxes are great for smaller gifts that you never know what to do with when it's time to wrap them.

Add Some Foliage To Your Gift

I was joking earlier about the tree branch, but there are some fun ways to incorporate winter plants (real or fake) to your gifts. A simple pine cone, small winter flower, or pieces of an evergreen branch can be small embellishments that really make the gift wrap. If you decide to go this route, opt for a subtle paper option such as brown or a solid color. Sunday Suppers has great ideas over on their blog.

There are so many ways to wrap presents-hopefully these are a few ideas you haven't tried yet. The holidays can be a stressful time of year, but remember to have fun. Use the time you have to wrap presents as a fun creative activity. You'll be surprised how much fun it can be.

Shannon Evans

Shannon Evans is the Supervisor of Social Marketing for The Lakeside Collection® and loves to help people maximize their budget for a better lifestyle. She also shares fun and helpful tips on our blog and YouTube channel.