Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, holiday, or "just because" occasion that has you in the gift-giving mood, you'll likely want to present your gift it in a nice, pretty package. If you don't have time to wrap a gift with painstaking attention to detail, or if you find yourself short on wrapping paper or gift bags, there are many creative touches you can easily add to your gift. And you'll still be able to make that all-important good first impression when you give it.


Potato Chip Gift Wrap

If you're in a pinch, take a bag of chips and use it as gift wrap. Turn the bag inside out. Clean it with soap and water and let it dry. The shiny surface on the inside of the bag works great as an eye-catching covering for smaller gifts.

Cupcake Paper Gift Toppers

Get some colorful baking liners or cupcake papers and fold them in half. Place the cupcake holders inside one another. Poke a hole in the middle and use a mini brass brad as the stem. Shape and rotate the liners to make a flower and use a hot glue gun to secure it to the gift./p>

Recycle Leftover Gift Wrap

Use those leftover pieces of gift wrap you have from previous wrapping efforts as lining for gift bags or boxes. Cut the scraps to size and run them through the shredder. Another option is to mix-and-match leftover pieces and use clear or two-sided sticky tape to hold it together. The longer pieces of leftover gift wrap can be used as bows.


Add Extra Style with Decorative Tape

While ribbon has endless possibilities, it can be time-consuming if you have to cut and measure. Decorative tape comes in various shapes, sizes, patterns, colors, and textures. It's a simple way to quickly infuse your gifts with colorful touches, especially if you're using solid wrapping paper.


Repurpose Shopping Bags

Take those shopping bags you have stashed away and transform them into gift wrap. Cut off the bottom and scissor along one seam to fit a bag to match the size of your gift. Dip a wine cork or dry piece of sponge into dark fruit juice or ink to stamp patterns into the bags.


Finally, quickly create gift tags with cutouts or use festive clip-art you can find online. Print it out and cut the pattern. For some added decorative enhancements, use craft glue to place glitter or decorative buttons and other accessories onto the tags.

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