First let me make a short statement or disclaimer of decency- when we are given gifts by friends and loved ones, what matters is the thought behind the gift and the act of giving. The manner in which the gift is wrapped is of no importance or can sometimes be endearing when one is wrapped by a child or an "unskilled" wrapper.
But sometimes, the way a gift is wrapped can also be a small part of the gift. This Christmas (or Hanukkah), consider taking a few extra minutes to select gift wrap, and to take some time to wrap the gift for your friend or loved one. When you take pride in how your gift looks and you know that you took some special time to carefully wrap it, then you deliver it differently.
You should give it a try, you may be surprised. Just remember that it doesn't have to be luxury paper or expensive ribbon...a little creativity goes a long way. You can use candies or lollipops, or even round stickers to create polka dots on solid paper. Remember that you have a wide selection of amazing papers in the scrapbook section of craft stores that can be used for smaller gifts.
Of course there is newsprint which can be beautiful with bold colored ribbons! And old sheet music which is the ultimate choice for vintage inspired wrapping. You can also use fabric and lace in creative ways to decorate your presents.
Below, I have included some lovely selections that I recently discovered, as well as several websites where you can find wrapping, ribbon and gift tags!
As you can see, there are many choices from traditional papers to non-traditional papers. These selections were pulled from the following websites:
What are your favorite sources for gift wrap and ribbon?