When I wrap holiday gifts, I try to choose a different color scheme or pattern each year and I pick two coordinating papers. My theme this year is candy; one paper is a multi-colored diagonal stripe and the other is a candy/bon bon pattern in a similar palette. I sometimes hand-make the gift tags, though they're not very fancy (a cute cookie cutter and patterned or construction paper can go a long way).
I choose papers that are bold, bright, and graphic. Basically, really cheerful patterns that are seasonally relevant, but not too traditional or juvenile, and I usually stay away from papers that are strictly red and green (though I did make an exception for the ugly sweater paper). I think it looks more sophisticated and interesting. If you like your gifts to stand out, here are ten wrapping papers and four gift tags/labels I think are a lot of fun.
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