21 best Christmas gift wraps

Do you take pride in the wrapping Christmas presents? Find inspiration with our pick of 2018's best gift wrap...

christmas gift wrap by getty images
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It's time to start thinking Christmas gift wrap. Whether you're looking for traditional styles or contemporary designs that do the work for you, or ideas and inspiration for personalising wrapped gifts, find inspiration with our pick of 2018's best Christmas gift wraps. 

Not sorted the shopping yet? Browse our Christmas gift guides.

1. Alpine gift wrap for the skiing fanatic in your life

Made in Great Britain using FSC approved paper, we love the retro feel of this Christmas Skiing Wrapping Paper by Chase and Wonder. Complete with gorgeous illustrations, all with a festive feel, it's the perfect choice for the skiing enthusiast in your life.

2. Choose a traditional festive print

A traditional choice for Christmas gift wrap, you can't go wrong with Christmas florals in red, green and white shades. The Multicolour Timeless Tradition Wrapping Paper from  B&Q is part of a larger Enchanted Winter Collection. 

holly and berries gift wrap on white background by B&Q

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3. Give Christmas gift wrap a touch of tropical

A favourite, the Emerald Bauble Toucan Gift Wrap from John Lewis & Partners adds a tropical feel to Christmas as part of a larger Emerald Theme.

blue christmas wrapping paper with toucans and baubles

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4. Add a personal touch to brown paper

Brown paper packages tied up with string are a timeless option for Christmas gift wrap, particularly when paired with pretty ribbon, gift tags and sprigs of festive foliage.

Pick up brown paper and gift wrapping accessories at John Lewis.

natural paper with ribbon by period living

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5. Opt for a funky (and festive) repeat print

While penguins aren't strictly Christmas, we love the contemporary design of the Penguin Sheet Wrap from U Studio and its wintery feel. Designed using a unique repeat print of illustrated penguins, we love the use of a coral tone to break up the monochrome.                                            

penguin gift wrap by u studio

(Image credit: U Studio)

6. Decorate a simple gift wrap with colourful rainbow tape

If you're looking to spruce up a plain gift wrap, invest in colourful ribbons or tape for a fun and festive feel. We love this Rainbow Tape from The National Theatre Bookshop.

rainbow ribbon by the national theatre bookshop

(Image credit: National Theatre Bookshop)

7. Keep Christmas trad with a National Trust print

Designed in-house and exclusively for National Trust, the Winter Orchard Berries Gift Wrap is the epitome of traditional Christmas (would we expect any less?!) Available in a gift wrap or gift bag form, there's a style to suit all. 

holly print gift wrap by the national trust

(Image credit: The National Trust)

8. Choose personalised gift wrap for someone special 

With personalisation all the rage this Christmas, why stop at gift wrap? We love the combination of a Christmas-inspired llama and cactus print (how trendy) with the option for personalisation. 

Find the Cheerful Llama Personalised Gift Wrap at The Handmade Christmas Co. 

personalised gift wrap with white background and llama cactus print by handmade christmas co

(Image credit: Handmade Christmas Co.)

9. A cool and contemporary polar print

Successfully channelling winter vibes through a cool and contemporary design, we love this Polar Sheet Wrap from U Studio. The addition of drawn on glasses gives the repeat polar print a unique and modern feel.

blue gift wrap with white polar bears by u studio

(Image credit: U Studio)

10. Embrace festive reds

Warm red tones are a popular choice for Christmas gift wrap, particularly those with a taste for all things traditional or Scandi-inspired. 

A go-to for paper and design quality, you can't beat John Lewis. This year we particularly love their Rainbow Ditsy Berry, Red Kraft and Ruby Palm Gift Wrap.

red wrapping paper for christmas by john lewis

(Image credit: John Lewis)

11. Keep Christmas gift wrap budget-friendly

Affordable, with a significant Danish influence, Flying Tiger is a one-stop shop for Christmas gift wrap. We love the finish of their Natural Gift Wrap complete with oh-so-Christmassy repeat patterns – we're talking holly wreaths, a very Nordic Father Christmas and gift prints. 

natural wrapping paper with christmas designs by flying tiger

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12. Choose contemporary copper shades 

A popular colour trend throughout 2018, copper tones make a great choice for a contemporary Christmas gift wrap this festive season; particularly when paired with deep blue tones. 

We love this Copper & Navy Christmas Gift Wrap Pack from M&S, complete with complementary ribbon and gift tags.

star blue and copper christmas gift wrap from m&s

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13. Hint at Christmas with a funky, star design

We love gift wrap that hints at Christmas, without being designed exclusively for the festive season. This Stars Gift Wrap Roll from Oliver Bonas is a great example, giving Christmas a distinctly contemporary edge.

green wrapping paper with stars by oliver bonas

(Image credit: Oliver Bonas)

14. Go bold and funky with mis-matched patterns

Your presents will certainly stand out under the tree with these bright and colourful designs. These reversible wrapping papers are available exclusively with the December issue of Real Homes magazine, which is out now.

Christmas wrapping paper exclusive to the December issue of Real Homes magazine

(Image credit: Amelia Smith)

15. A very unique gift box 

An alternative to the more traditional Christmas gift wraps, we're in love with this Gift Truck from Geschenke.de. Its cute and unique design makes it the perfect option for more special gifts, or simply stuffed full of sweets.

trcuk shaped gift wrap box from Geschenke.de

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16. Choose a gift wrap with an alternative Christmas theme

While Father Christmas, his elves, and the reindeer make recurring appearances on Christmas gift wrap – the slightly lesser featured Christmas narrative characters can make great (and equally festive) alternatives. 

We love the Rainbow Nutcracker Gift Wrap from John Lewis & Partners. 

nutcracker gift wrap by john lewis & partners

(Image credit: John Lewis & Partners)

17. Choose a paper covered in sprouts (because why not?)

The Marmite of Christmas dinner, whether sprouts should be present on the big day is a question that divides the nation. One thing we can all agree on, however, is how wonderful this Sprouts Wrapping Paper from Paperchase is.

sprouts gift wrap from paper chase

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18. Invest in a sustainable gift wrap

If you're looking to make more earth conscious decisions this Christmas, changing your wrapping paper is a great start. We love the idea of these Tipped Tree Reversible Gift Wrap Sheets from Wrag Wrap, which come with two festive prints, fold to wrap a variety of different sized Christmas presents and can be used year after year.

If you're looking for more eco-friendly Christmas ideas, take a look at out guide. 

reusable christmas gift wrap from wrag wrap

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19. For those on the nice and the naughty list 

We love this playful Naughty Or Nice Gift Wrap Roll from Oliver Bonas, which is perfect for people on both lists (as well as those who fall somewhere in between). We've helped you with the wrapping paper, what you put inside is up to you...

naughty and nice gift wrap form oliver bonas

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20. Give the gift of gorgeous wrapping paper

If you're gifting something extra special, it's worth choosing a gorgeous wrapping paper that will enhance the present giving experience.

This Conifer Christmas Gift Wrap from The Natural History Museum is formed with high quality paper and comes in a gorgeous double-sided print, making it perfect for the gifts you really can't wait to give. 

christmas gift wrap from the natural history museum

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21. Beautiful (and budget friendly) gift wrap

Providing proof that gorgeous wrapping paper doesn't have to cost the earth, this gorgeous George Home Gold Stars Wrap from ASDA is not only sufficiently sparkly for the Christmas season, but only costs £1.50. Bargain. 

white and gold star gift wrap from asda

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Now you've got the gift wrap, fancy browsing our Christmas gift guides?