The upcoming holidays have me hooked on creative wrapping paper design. Fortunately, in this vast network of incredible designers, it wasn’t too hard to find some great gift wrapping papers to show off.
From former Print Celebrates Design winners to amazing designs we found while browsing, these wrapping paper designs are sure to put you in a festive spirit.Check out these gorgeous, creative gift wrap designs:
15 Creative Gift Wrapping Paper Designs
by Natalya Zahn
This screen-printed project was originally created for the 2012/2013 holiday season. The project was later incorporated into a self-promotional mailer that won a HOW Promotion Design Award in 2013. Learn more about the project here.
Harking back to the days when retailers in Singapore used newspaper to wrap goods, this wrapping paper evokes nostalgic memories of those days. It uses 1950s newspaper as the base and overlaid with vibrant Chinese typography to produce a mix of the traditional and the contemporary, while creating an entirely fresh appeal and a gift-wrap suitable for any occasion, especially Chinese New Year. Those headline news and top stories from the 1950s form an interesting source of identity, helping the younger generation link the present to the past.
This project was recognized in the 2014 Print Celebrates Design Competition.Learn more about it here.
Hailing from the Far West Region is RDA winner Stoller Design Group, whose design for Cenveo Graphic Arts Center gift wrap contest makes all other holiday gift wrap seem inadequate. On one side, the receiver of the gift wrap will find a host of entertaining holiday facts and statistics communicated through infographics, charts and quotations. On the reverse side, there is a calendar made into a colorful pattern, with holidays represented by icons. The holiday gift wrap is just one of Stoller Design Group’s many interesting designs; check out their other work here.
by Angelo Stitz
This sleek typographic gift wrap design by designer Angelo Stitz plays with patterns and the mechanics of each typeface. For this self-initiated project, Stitz drew twenty four different numerals, “designed for a harmonic interplay in patterns,” according to his website.
“Contrary to a common typeface for usage in text or in display applications, the design doesn’t depend on legibility but more on a harmonic interplay of patterns. Overall the main object was to achieve an ornamental character, away from the actual figure in favour of a pattern as an entire composition.” Read more about the project. You can also purchase this gift wrap here.
Madeleine Eiche — Turnstyle
This Happy Wrap wrapping paper by Madeleine Eiche of Seattle-based studio Turnstyle made us, well, happy. Each of the eight sheets are 2 feet by 3 feet, and they’re folded down to 1-foot squares and tucked into a convenient folder. Turnstyle created Happy Wrap as a holiday promotion for Hemlock Printers of Vancouver, BC.
Turnstyle included their own holiday greeting: “This retrorganic holiday wrap is a nouveau-traditional twist on woodsy cabins, 5-point deer, yule logs, flannel pajamas, nature hikes, and long winters’ naps. Except that Ben shaved his beard and so the nature hikes are a little less beardsy. Regardless, Turnstyle wants to cozy up and spread the love this holiday season.” Read more about this project.
Ever heard of wrapping paper you can plant? This gift wrap from Eden’s Paper is available with flower, veggie and fruit patterns—and seeds are embedded into the back of the paper, so the recipient can grow that particular veggie. While this may not be the most holiday-inspired way to decorate your gifts, this clever idea turns the wrapping paper into a gift, too.
French Paper always comes out with gorgeous wrapping paper every year, but we particularly loved the Orna-Mental Gift Wrap and the Light The Tree Gift Wrap, both pictured below. Be sure to check out the full collection of gift wrap from French Paper here.
Knife Fork & Spoon Medley Wrapping Paper
Stephanie Monahan is the the creative brains behind Monahan Papers, a resurrector of old and old-style paper designs of all varieties. Here’s one you could use to wrap gifts or to line your Christmas dinner table, to very handsome effect.
Ever wonder why we use wrapping paper? Read an offbeat history of wrapping paper by Jude Stewart.
Herbal Wrapping Paper
Prague-based design firm Tomski & Polanski created this cool wrapping paper for Pernowka‘s fashion collection inspired by fantasy metropolis flowers. The full collection includes interesting plants, packaging, wrapping paper and stamps. Learn more about the project here.
Okya, so they’re not technically gift wrap so much as gift boxes, but we couldn’t pass this up. Charlotte Olsen created these silly and adorable monster candy boxes to send to her clients and friends. Read more about the project.
Commissioned by The Bookstore Foundation in 2014, this combination invitation + gift wrap is both visually stunning and useful. Learn more about the project.
Illustrated Holiday Wrapping Paper
This adorable gift wrap features sweet and silly holiday items illustrated by Spain-based designer Sandra Navarro. Learn more about it.
Oslo-based designer Anna Katrin Karlsson created this holiday wrapping paper for the Norwegian design magazine D2.
“The artwork is inspired by the organic elements of Christmas and of the forest,” Karlsson writes. “I decided to avoid the obvious Christmasy colors and go with a more subtle palette to give it a mysterious atmosphere.”
by Justin Colt and Sarah Fay of Gift Couture
Justin Colt and Sarah Fay created a small start-up paper company based in NYC called Gift Couture, which specialized in unique, high-quality coordinated wrapping paper sets. This cheeseburger wrapping paper is both attractive and hilarious. See more of their work.