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After — or in some cases before — you’ve decorated your Christmas tree and perhaps even your car, it’s time to focus on the presents.
While our Shopping category, which features posts from our whole team, can help you pick out gifts for everyone on your list, you’ll still need to, you know, present them. The practice of wrapping gifts originated in China around 200 BCE, which is quite a fine tradition to uphold. Whether you opt for simply wrapping the item in the packaging in which it was sold or going hilariously over the top by placing a very small item inside a Matryoshka doll-style series of boxes, you have a wide variety of choices to make about the wrapping paper itself.
It’s true that you can pick up any old red and green paper from the local pharmacy on December 23rd, but for those of you who want to put a little more thought into it can be rewarded with whimsical, interesting designs on high quality paper. It adds another thoughtful element to your gift giving and can set your gifts apart under the tree.
Once you decide on a pattern, don’t forget the Scotch tape. If you don’t already have one, you might consider our list of the best cool tape dispensers. Otherwise the pop-up style dispenser is pretty great for use while wrapping gifts.
Make the most of your gift giving this year with the top ten best unique Christmas wrapping paper designs.
1. Current Christmas Bicycles Gift Wrap
Whether you’re gifting something bike related or are just looking for something a little off-beat, this pattern features antique bikes carrying a variety of holiday items. Snow gently falls on the green background to complete the look. This roll is 23 inches wide by 38 feet long for a total of 72 square feet of heavyweight wrapping paper.
Price: $10.99 for 72 square feet
Buy the Current Christmas Bicycles Gift Wrap here.
2. Kinder-Kraft Retro Mid Century Modern Christmas Wrapping Paper
Comprised of not just one but three unique designs, this pack focuses on quirky designs that wouldn’t have been out of place in the early 60s. One features Christmas trees in pink and light green, with similar shades appearing in a pattern of gift packages. The last design has a holiday word cloud pattern accented with gifts and ornaments. These rolls measure 30 inches by 15 feet for a total of 112.5 square feet.
Price: $16.89 for 112.5 square feet
Buy the Kinder-Kraft Retro Mid Century Modern Christmas Wrapping Paper here.
3. Caspari Christmas Canines Gift Wrapping Paper
Especially good if you’re giving gifts to dog owners, this whimsical and cartoonish dog pattern is pretty charming. In and around each adorable dog are snowflakes and holly. This roll measures 30 inches wide by nine feet long for a total of 22 square feet. For your pug-loving friends, you could also try this humorous design.
Price: $10.84 for 22 square feet
Buy the Caspari Christmas Canines Gift Wrapping Paper here.
4. Current Christmas Cupcake Jumbo Rolled Gift Wrap
As I’ve discussed previously, the holiday season is a time for sweets. This wrapping paper highlights that with cupcakes done up in a Christmas theme. One is piled high with icing to give it a tree-like shape. This is another Current offering, so you get 72 square feet of their premium paper on this roll.
Price: $10.99 for 72 square feet
Buy the Current Christmas Cupcake Jumbo Rolled Gift Wrap here.
5. Caspari Wild Christmas Gold Foil Wrapping Paper
Combining a vintage, old world feel with realistic illustrations of savannah animals, this premium paper makes for a subtle Christmas accent. Each of the animals wears a garland, bow, or tapestry, while gold stars adorn the white space. The second offering from Caspari, this again measures 30 inches wide by nine feet long for a total of 22 square feet. They also offer a Farm to Stable pattern with farm animals. If it’s cartoon woodland creatures you’re looking for, try this Made on Terra option.
Price: $10.71 for 22 square feet
Buy the Caspari Wild Christmas Gold Foil Wrapping Paper here.
6. Premium Gift Wrap Nativity Gold Christmas Gift Wrap
A nativity scene is expected when it comes to outdoor decorations or even holiday plays, but what if you wanted to feature the iconic moment on your gifts? This white and gold wrapping paper offers a continuous loop of the Magi bestowing gifts, shepherds and angels bestowing prayers, and the livestock that look on. This is shipped in a flat pack and measures 24 inches wide by 15 feet long for a total of 30 square feet.
Price: $16.88 for 30 square feet
Buy the Premium Gift Wrap Nativity Gold Christmas Gift Wrap here.
7. Quire Musical Instruments and Trees Rolled Gift Wrap Paper
If you’re shopping for a musician, first check out our best gifts for musicians post and then consider this wrapping paper for the item you choose. Adorned in the a classic spread of instruments that can often be heard in Christmas music, this paper also features stars, holly, and a tree made up of musical notes. This is a relatively small roll of paper, with two sheets measuring 19.5 inches by 27.5 inches for a total of about seven square feet of wrapping.
Price: $8.99 for about seven square feet
Buy the Quire Musical Instruments and Trees Rolled Gift Wrap Paper here.
8. Marble + Vine Grey Antlers Cotton Gift Wrap
When gifting larger ticket items, you might want to match the wrap on the outside to the quality of the item on the inside. This isn’t paper, but instead recycled cotton for a unique, high-end feel. The design is that of silver foil antlers, which can be seen as reindeer antlers during the holiday season and deer antlers otherwise. This package contains two rolls with two 27 by 40 inch rolls each for a total of 15 square feet. I like the understated antlers, but for more overtly holiday patterns, try their white and gold snowflake, black and gold snowflake, or sparkle tree patterns.
Price: $22.99 for 15 square feet
Buy the Marble + Vine Grey Antlers Cotton Gift Wrap here.
9. Current Country Christmas Gift Wrap
The final offering from Current on this list conjures a snowbound country scene. A bright red barn complete with wreath sits among the barren deciduous and snow-laden evergreens. The black and red theme combines modern and vintage influences for a striking pattern. If you love black and red but wanted something more abstract, try their Branches & Dots pattern.
Price: $10.99 for 72 square feet
Buy the Current Country Christmas Gift Wrap here.
10. Caspari Christmas Birch Wrapping Paper
Speaking of branches, this wonderfully understated paper features detailed birch branches stretching across it. This paper is for people who love natural textures and simple but beautiful patterns. If you like the birch idea but not the branches, you might consider this Current offering that uses the birch bark texture as inspiration. For other interpretations on winter trees, try this neon trees pattern or this blue Christmas trees paper.
Price: $15.95 for 22 square feet
Buy the Caspari Christmas Birch Wrapping Paper here.
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