Old Fashioned Gift Wrap Ideas

Christmas Gift Wrap, the Old-Fashioned Way! Yes, there is nothing more beautiful than simple and sweet old fashioned gift wrapped presents under the tree. It's funny that there are beautuful papers available but I find that brown paper topped with natural items is just as lovely and gives such a nice nostalgic touch. Read along for some of my favorite old fashioned gift wrap ideas.

I've been that person, speeding into Fred Meyer close to closing on Christmas Eve, all because I forgot wrapping paper! We've all been there, right?

The thing is, wrapping gifts beautifully and simply is half the fun! So now a days I don't really buy wrapping paper. You can use anything you have at home or just buy a roll of brown paper. I love using part of the gift to wrap with. Whether that's a vintage linen cloth, a ticking pillow case or just topping the gifts with something special like a pair of tapers, honey sticks, a candle snuffer or lip balm.

I love that the Old Fashioned Christmas is trending right now! While I've been using these old fashioned details for years now in both my home life and business, I love that there's a push for a simple handmade Christmas!

I really do believe that everyone should give something handmade. While making gifts from scratch isn't for everyone, you can add that handmade, thoughtful touch to your wrapping.

For my gifts this year, I've put a spin on the Old Fashioned Christmas wrapping of brown paper packages tied up with string. I've added a few natural elements to give it that special touch.

I've used:

-bakers twine

-made my own ribbon from ripping unwanted fabric into strips


Also, go on a walk grab some:


-pine cones


-cedar sprigs

Or maybe you'll be lucky and find a birds nest

I also love using:

-Dried apple and orange slices

-Cinnamon Sticks

-cuttings left from trimming the Christmas Tree

My absolute favorite is using old dictionary or encyclopedia pages as wrapping, like the reindeer dictionary page you can see in some of these pictures. I don't really like ripping up old books but I have a dictionary from the late 1980's that I use and since it's not vintage I don't feel bad and it gives the same look as a much older dictionary would.

The list is endless and there are so many simple and inexpensive methods for adding those old fashioned details.

"Waste not, want not." , "Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without."

These are the phrases that were used long ago when people wrapped gifts with old paper and bits of fabric. While we look back at the nostalgic beauty of these gifts, what we can take away are the simple, inexpensive things that were used with thoughtfulness to make our loved ones Christmases more memorable.

I remember as a girl helping my grandmother decorate her tree and making a popcorn garland. That simple activity as a child has stuck with me all these years later. So go wrap your gifts in this old fashioned tradition, perhaps with your children or grandchildren and let those memories be made.

We have a lot of DIY recipes up on the blog if you're looking to make your Christmas a handmade one. Here are a few favorites like our Lavender Bath Detox and our Herbal Facial Toner. Make sure to check out our Beeswax Candle Shop too for lots of great gifts.

Thanks for reading and I hope you get the creative juices flowing to do something a little different this year!

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Old Fashioned Christmas Gift Wrap

Erinn Boitano
Erinn Boitano


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