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Elegant Gift Wrapping for Christmas

Gorgeous Gift Wrapping with Satin Ribbon

For as long as I can remember I have tied my own ribbons, at least since Costco came out with gorgeous rolls of wired ribbon at the right price.  My usual method is tying a pretty large bow then adding some sort of inexpensive embellishments such as salt dough star, a sprig of berries or 3D stickers.  This year I am adding a more adult gift wrapping style to the mix.

Gift Wrapping in black and white matte paper with shiny satin ribbon.


The funny thing is that right after the Christmas gifts are unwrapped, my adult children start gathering the paper into bags for me, and take the time to set aside the boxes and save the embellishments.  They know their Mom well.

I love presents, both giving them and receiving them, I get so excited about all the ribbons, the big surprises, and the reactions.  I love all kinds of different gift wrapping so I am over the top excited about today’s blog hop about Christmas Wrapping.


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On the first Day, we designed  Wreaths

On the Second Day, we made  DIY Christmas Gifts

On the Third Day, we created Christmas Countdown Calendars

On the Fourth Day, we put together Christmas Crafts for Kids

On the Fifth Day, cooked Party Food

On the Sixth Day, we did craft DIY Christmas Ornaments

On the Seventh day, we shared  Holiday Decor Ideas

On the Eighth day, we made Christmas in a Jar Ideas

It’s Day 9 and we are sharing Pretty Gift Wrapping Ideas!

Over the last year or so I have seen numerous posts with absolutely gorgeous packages and one style really stood out to me.  I had to think about how to do it because it looks so simple, and then the light bulb went off.  The difference is the ribbon, the gorgeous packages have real fabric satin ribbon, and not gift ribbon.


Elegant gift wrapping for Christmas.


Real satin ribbon is absolutely beautiful and unfortunately the price tag to prove it.  There is no way I would wrap gifts this way unless I knew I could reuse the ribbon many times over, and found it on sale.  But the packages really are beautiful!


Gift wrapping for Christmas. Wrapping presents in an elegant black and white style



Real satin ribbon is not wire,   so I just tied the packages with a  simple bow.  To add some drama (and not cut the ribbon) I left extra long bow tails cascading around the gift.  To let the ribbon stand out I chose very plain matte finished paper and the simplest of embellishments.  Real satin ribbon is all the wow factor you need.

Children’s Presents

We only purchase gifts various individual gifts for each of the grandchildren.  The adults are given a family gift basket based on a theme.   The satin bowed gifts in these pictures are not for the grandchildren for a couple of obvious reasons.  The price and they are kind of boring for little ones.  In the interest of being realistic and transparent, here is a photo of some of the grandchildren’s gifts.


Gift wrapping under the Christmas tree. The presents are bright and cheerful for children.



Like the style of these gifts.  Please pin it!


Gift wrapping for Christmas in black and white with satin ribbon.


I am so excited to see all the different presents.  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!  I know I am certainly going to.


Scroll down for many more Pretty Gift Wrapping Ideas!


  1. If I remember correctly one of the very first posts I ever saw on Faeries and Fauna was how you make the most beautiful bow using wire ribbon. I was in awe of how you did it. It looked so professional and it’s always stuck in my mind. The way you wrapped the pressies reminded me of that post. The look gorgeous Leanna. I’d almost be too scared to open it up…. almost 😉

  2. I love the black and white gift wrap theme. And yep… using real satin ribbon makes a huge difference. As a young married woman, I loved watching the original Martha Stewart shows and this reminds me of how she would wrap gifts.

  3. Gorgeous! I never would have thought to use black and white. They do look so elegant, but festive. And I love the idea of using fabric as bows. Genius!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Debra, these parcels were easy to do. I am excited with how they turned out.

  4. Gorgeous Leanna! I especially like the black & white look with the big bow!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much, I am looking forward to the reactions when I give the gifts out.

  5. Elegant is exactly how these look, Leanna. They are beautiful. It’s great to use the ribbon more than once.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I am usually pretty casual about gathering the ribbons to reuse them, but not with these ones I am all over them lol

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      They are just simple brown tags I had at home, I chose them because they were simple and plain.

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