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The Best Wrapping Paper for Your Gifts This Season

We love getting creative with wrapping paper on every special occasion, especially during the holidays! Here are my favorite paper sources (no pun intended), with many great options from small businesses and a variety of pattern choices for every design style to help you get inspired this season.

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For most creatives, the act of wrapping gifts is just as exciting as giving the presents themselves. If you're anything like me, you won't settle for a stock-patterned bag and tissue paper combo, and instead, take pride in your choice of wrapping paper and ribbon. First impressions are key! As with any design project, a thoughtful color palette and consideration for materials are important. If done well, the result is a perfect presentation that the recipient will marvel at and appreciate before seeing the gift itself. Planning your holiday wrapping is guaranteed to make the week leading up to your celebration less stressful and more of a fun, creative outlet. Keep on reading for a list of my favorites.

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For the not-so-boring minimalist: Minted Shape Play and Etsy Brushstroke.

Simple but stylish, these minimal patterns can be used year-round or spruced up for a festive touch. Add a slice of dried orange or pine branch paired with a velvet bow for a lovely final touch. Shout out to Etsy for lots of great options from small businesses!

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Shape Play Wrapping Paper on Minted — 5 sheets for $15

An easy Amazon score: John Derian Wrapping Paper.

John Derian, the iconic decoupage artist and owner of the maximalist NYC design shop John Derian Co., offers a booklet of wrapping paper. Each pack comes with 12 sheets that are sure to stand out under the tree. A simple twine bow will do just fine for these styles, and the recipient may want to save and frame the paper long after the holidays. Extra bonus? The pack comes with coordinating gift tags as well.


The illustrator's dream: Rifle Paper Co.

It's only logical that a small business that started as a stationary company would also have its own line of wrapping papers. The holiday wrapping options on their website include traditional festive iconographies such as nutcrackers and candy canes. They also offer neutral themes such as snowy village landscapes and winter floral patterns.

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Holiday Lights Wrapping Sheets on Riffle Paper Co. — $11.00

A personal favorite: June Home Supply.

This sweet little shop based out of Canada never lets me down with cute options for the home. Each year they offer a series of patterned wrapping papers sourced from Northern Italy that are guaranteed to elevate even the simplest gift. The patterns are neutral blue and green tones with delicate floral patterns. You can get just one or pair several different patterns together for a coordinated bundle—an ideal fit for a cottagecore Christmas theme.

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Italian Wrapping Paper on June Home Supply — $7.95

For the photographer friend: Gray Malin's Snow Holiday Wrapping Set.

Famous for his aerial photography scenes of sunny, blue water beaches and stylized ski mountains, Gray Malin's winter wrapping paper makes you feel like you're taking in a view from above while on a ski lift. Two different prints are featured in the set: a snowy mountain dotted with skiers and a winter forest. There is so much detail to the paper pattern itself, making this a great option for someone who will likely forget a bow and rely on the paper itself to impress the recipient.


A bold beauty: Daily Regina Designs.

This talented designer has been one of my favorite recent discoveries. Available in various colors, these checkered paper sheets look great alone or mixed in with other styles. I recommend looking through different holiday styles on Zazzle; their website has endless options for every taste!

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Wavy Checkerboard Wrapping Paper Sheets on Zazzle — $7.28

A DIY paper kit: Block Shop Textiles.

We've probably all seen a DIY wrapping paper tutorial at some point, but few have committed to creating their own. Block Shop Textile's kit makes you actually want to try the craft with simple and durable stamps that can be reused for other projects. They've since leveled up their options with a bonus kit with holiday stamp shapes (think holly and candy canes). Sounds like a perfect project over wine with friends before your secret Santa exchange!

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Holiday Block Printing Kit on Block Shop Textiles — $90

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December 8, 2022
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