For most of our gifts, I used recycled paper bags that my mother and step-father saved for me. One of our local grocery stores had festive holiday bags covered with bright red ornaments. I used packing tape (I learned last year that regular tape doesn't stick very well.) For some of the gifts, I used plain brown paper bags and brown craft paper that I also use to wrap up books I sell online.
I wrapped each package several times with red and white baker's twine (pictured above). I purchased a large spool of it a couple years ago, and I use it for all kinds of projects. For tags, I punched circles of holiday cardstock left over from another project.
I made quite a bit of vegan caramel corn, and packaged it up in mason jars with festive ribbons and tags.
I also made a big batch of peppermint bark, and wrapped it up in handmade paper boxes.
The boxes were so easy to make! I used this tutorial.
I enjoy the simplicity of using this type of wrapping, and I'll probably stick with it. Though I am considering doing something like this next year.
I'd love to know - what are your favorite ways to festively and creatively wrap gifts?