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RL Ideas: Unique Gift Wrapping Ideas

Discover new ways to jazz up your presents for family and friends

Photography: Ocs Alvarez

Can you imagine the holidays without merrily-wrapped presents? Any Christmas tree will look even better if there are lovely gifts beneath them! Make your own packages stand out with these interesting tips and tricks.

Read the original article ("Wrap Wonders") in the December 2004 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Doily Snowflake

Mimic the look of snowflakes using store-bought doilies! Simply cut out the shapes and weave through ribbon to hold them in place.

Concentric Loops

Use multiple spirals held together with a staple for a modern look! Simply staple circles of different sizes together and attach them to your present. 

Teardrop Ribbon

Long, teardrop shapes are dainty and graceful. Hold ribbon in middle and loop on both sides. Staple in the middle.

Concentric Loops and Teardrop Ribbons

For a different effect, use concentric loops and teardrop ribbons.

Take a store-bought bow and snip each loop at an angle. Create a fuller bloom by cutting each petal lengthwise. 

Angel Feather Bows
Weaving Stripes

For a more modern look, cover your packages with strips of ribbon in alternating colors, widths, and textures. Attach the loose ends at the bottom of the package with double-sided tape.

Golden Glow

For a classy and elegant look, use gold wrapping paper and ribbons. You can also choose printed gift wrapper highlighted with a single strip of ribbon. 


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