I love the simplicity of brown paper packages tied up with string as much as the next person, but sometimes I’m in the mood for more¬†creative holiday gift wrapping to make my presents really stand out under the¬†Christmas tree or by¬†the menorah.

There are no shortage of cool gift wrap options and ideas out there; you just have to know where to¬†look. And we’ve done that part for you! From free color-your-own printables to reusable bags, here are some¬†of the coolest and most creative holiday gift wrapping ideas¬†I¬†found¬†— including a way to pretty up a regular old brown paper bag.

Related: Find 350 amazing gifts in our 2016 Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide!

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Use a sweater for this cozy and creative holiday gift wrap idea from A Homemade Living.

Recycled Sweater Gift bags

Get out those sweaters you haven’t worn in years (especially the ugly ones, because who doesn’t love an ugly Christmas sweater) and make these cozy DIY sweater gift bags¬†from¬†A Homemade Living. Follow her simple instructions with a sewing — or no-sew option, yay! — and finish them off with a festive ribbon.

Creative holiday gift wrapping idea using washi tape from The Sweetest Occassion

Washi Tape Gift Wrap

Start with those brown paper packages (or white boxes work too) and then spruce them up with festive Washi Tape to make the prettiest packages, like these on The Sweetest Occasion. So simple, yet so special.

Related: 14 more creative gift wrap ideas for this holiday season

Cool gift wrap ideas and EASY: Emily McDowell's cheeky gift bags

A Fun Gift Bag

If, even with the coolest gift wrap, you¬†are gift wrapping-challenged, just get yourself a few¬†of these witty¬†“I Don’t Know How to Wrap” gift bags from Cool Mom Picks fave Emily McDowell¬†and call it a day. Really, any gift bags work¬†but these are just so amazing! Here’s a list of retailers where you can find them; or,¬†if you order today 12/20/16 with UPS 2-day shipping, you can get a whole bunch¬†just in time for Christmas.

How to try furoshiki gift wrapping techniques: DIY at Evermine

Furoshiki Gift Wrap

Imagine origami, but simpler and with fabric and you have Furoshiki. I love this easy tutorial for this creative gift wrap idea that I found on Evermine (also pictured at top) because she really breaks down how simple this wrapping technique is in just 5 easy steps. I love this idea for wrapping up boxes, or even wine bottles (click over, she shows you how). You can use scraps of fabric or even a pretty scarf to make this two gifts in one.

DIY word search gift wrap idea from Grasping for Objectivity

DIY Word Search Gift Wrap

The search for the perfect wrapping paper for your favorite literary person is over with this fun (and customized)¬†DIY Word Search Gift Wrap idea from¬†Grasping for Objectivity. Follow the simple steps¬†on the blog — from creating your own personalized word search to printing it out for¬†wrapping. I love how you can personalize it with recipients’ names.

Reindeer brown paper bag gift wrap DIY from Lines Across

Reindeer Brown Paper Gift Bags

With just a few simple items, most of which you probably already have at home, you can make this adorable Reindeer brown paper bag gift wrap at Lines Across to wrap up some smaller items under your tree. This is also a fun way to pass out favors or goodies from your holiday party.

Baggu reusable bags make fabulous holiday gift wrap that becomes a second gift!

BAGGU Reusable Bag

Two gifts are better than one, so I love this creative idea to wrap your gifts with BAGGU reusable bags. Just watch their simple YouTube tutorial. I am always in need of more bags for library books¬†or the farmers’¬†market. And here at Cool Mom Picks, we’ve been fans of BAGGU for years, so we can vouch for the great quality and design of the bags.


Color-your-own illustrated printable gift wrap from We Are Scout is festive and fun.

Printable Color-In Wrapping Paper

Part craft project, part gift wrap, the lovely illustrated printable gift wrap¬†(it’s free!) from We Are Scout can be colored by you or the kids!¬†Though, if you run out of time and still love these designs, we think they look pretty great in black-and-white, too. Just add a colorful ribbon and you’re done! Or, tape on a small box of crayons and let the wrapping paper itself be a fun add-on gift.


Creative holiday gift wrapping ideas: Chalkboard Wrapping Paper by Going Home to Roost

Chalkboard Gift Wrap

This DIY chalkboard Christmas gift wrapping idea at Going Home to Roost is so modern looking, and will look so clean and gorgeous underneath a tree of colorful ornaments. And it’s so easy!

Color-in Christmas paper by Design is Yay is a fun and free way to add some personality to plain brown packages.

Color-In Christmas Wrapping Paper

Add a little bit of personality to plain¬†packages with this free downloadable color-in Christmas wrapping paper from Design is Yay. You don’t even have to cover the whole box. Like I said, I love brown paper packages tied up with string.