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With Christmas less than a week away, it’s officially crunch time. I don’t know about you, but I’m busy picking up last-minute gifts, baking one more batch of cookies and getting all of those presents wrapped for holiday giving!

Last-Minute Creative Holiday Wrapping Ideas

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I always seem to think I have plenty of time in December, and then in a blink of an eye, there are only a few days left until the big day. If you’re like me and you save your wrapping until the final week, here are five last-minute creative holiday wrapping ideas that will make your gifts look chic!

1. Add a ribbon
Have you checked out the ribbons in the gift packing section at HomeGoods? If not, you’re missing out. This year, I fell in love with all of the vintage-inspired ribbons wound around wood spools.

Last-Minute Creative Holiday Wrapping Ideas

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Last-Minute Creative Holiday Wrapping Ideas

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Not only are they beautiful, but they instantly bring festive style and sparkle to your packages. For even more texture and depth, I like to layer the ribbons.

2. Print a gift tag
Have you ever been in the midst of wrapping and realized that there are only a couple gift tags left? Not to worry. Plenty of free printable gift tags are available online. Do a quick Google search or check out Pinterest. You can also visit my blog, Inspired by Charm, to download tags I’ve designed. Just click here.

Last-Minute Creative Holiday Wrapping Ideas

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Send the tags to your printer and save yourself a trip to the store.

3. Tie on an ornament
My favorite way to embellish a package is to tie on an ornament. It’s a quick way to make your package look extra special, and it’s a bonus gift for the recipient! Who wouldn’t love that?

Last-Minute Creative Holiday Wrapping Ideas

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Shop HomeGoods for great deals on packaged ornaments or recycle ornaments from holidays gone by.

4. Tuck in a piece of pine
Have you seen those packages wrapped up in a beautiful ribbon with a piece of pine tucked in near the bow? They are so picturesque. Why not do the same if you are running short on time in your holiday wrapping?

Last-Minute Creative Holiday Wrapping Ideas

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Obviously, fresh cut evergreen sprigs won’t last forever, but they’re perfect for amping up those last-minute wrapping jobs.

5. Skip the wrapping
If just the thought of wrapping gifts is the reason you’ve put it off until now, then this final idea is for you. Thankfully, there are gorgeous boxes available these days that require no wrapping at all.

Last-Minute Creative Holiday Wrapping Ideas

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Whether they are a solid color, brown paper packages or beautifully patterned, all they need is a gift, a few sheet of tissue paper and a bow. It’s that simple.

I hope you found these last-minute holiday gift wrapping ideas helpful for presenting your gifts in style. Happy Holidays, my friends!

Michael Wurm Jr. is the blogger behind the popular lifestyle blog, Inspired by Charm, where he shares his love for a decorated life. Whether it’s ideas for easy decorating, a delicious recipe, entertaining inspiration, or a unique DIY project, his goal is to provide tools and tips for everyone to live a happy, colorful life. You can also find Michael on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.


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