7 Stylish Gift-Wrapping Ideas to Upgrade Your Presents

Erin Green
4 min readDec 12, 2022

I’ve never understood the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” In a row of bindings and tightly pressed pages, a thoughtfully designed cover is the hook that draws you in to seek more. The same goes for gifts. Certainly, when it comes to gifts, what’s inside counts the most, but taking the time to customize its wrapping can set the tone for the whole gift-giving experience.

During the holidays, rolls of glossy Santa-covered wrapping paper dominate the shelves and check-out aisles as a simple solution to making presents presentable. Although they get the job done, it often feels generic and last minute, which are two of the last words you want to be associated with any gift you took the time to search for and purchase. This list of creative, cost-efficient ways to upgrade your gifts will help make the outside just as impressive as what’s within.

Festive Film Quotes

This quippy idea comes from the festive minds at Tell, Love, and Party, where they prove memorizing movie quotes can be more than a laughable party trick. Apply large letter stickers to the top of a solid-colored wrapping paper to impress recipients with your movie know-how. This trendy yet nostalgic alternative to standard gift wrapping is relatable and only takes a few extra minutes to complete. Here are a few of my favorite holiday movie quotes:

“I believe, I believe, it’s silly, but I believe” — Miracle on 34th Street

“Who told you you could eat my cookies?” — Jingle All the Way

“A toy is never truly happy until it is loved by a child.” — Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

“Cheer up, dude. It’s Christmas.” — The Grinch

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” — A Christmas Story

“Merry Christmas you filthy animal.” — Home Alone 2

“I’ll just be hanging around the mistletoe, hoping to be kissed.” — Love Actually

“You have such a pretty face; you should be on a Christmas card.” — Elf

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