6 Pretty Scandinavian DIY Christmas Gift-Wrapping Ideas

Have you finished your Christmas shopping (if you celebrate / exchange presents)? I'm not quite there yet, but I'm already looking forward to the next phase: the gift wrapping! Every year I envisage myself spending hours baking, creating DIY decorations and lovingly making my own wrapping paper. The reality is somewhat different! Do you feel the same? The good news is that in this gift-wrapping round-up there is something for everyone - whether you prefer / have the time to make things from scratch, or would simply like to add a simple, yet pretty touch to your presents! Either way, why not make an evening of it with candlelight and glögg (mulled wine). You could also make up a riddle to go with each present - just like the Swedes do! Here are 6 lovely ideas: 

1. Paper tree - the wrapping above looks highly sophisticated, but just cutting out a long 'ribbon' from the wrapping paper you are using and arranging its in a Christmas tree shape is as easy as can be, and makes a great replacement for shop bought bows! 

1. Paper cut outs - Swede Helena Lyth shows a step by step guide on how to create decorative cut outs in your wrapping paper. 

2. Jingle bells! Little brass bells attached to string will make your pressies chime! I love these rustic bells from Etsy*.  Photo - Nathalie Myrberg

3. Furoshiki - I love the idea of using reusable cloth for present wrapping. See as step by step tutorial here and more Furoshiki gift wrapping ideas here (love the knitted one!) and source natural* and dyed Furoshiki clothes*. Photo - Dans le Sac. 

4. Foraged - winter foliage like berries, pine, boxwood, and eucalyptus add such a pretty touch to presents wrapped in simple brown paper. Photo - Eva Kosmas Flores.

5. Linen and dried flowers - a simple, yet pretty and natural way to wrap presents

What do you think? Any ideas you might like to try? 

See a load more gift-wrapping ideas here: 

Entertaining this weekend? Here are some of my favourite holiday table setting ideas: 

You might also like to see all the beautiful tours, decorating ideas and snowy landscapes in the Christmas archive

Have a cosy weekend!



  1. Thanks for the inspiration! Usually, I wrap my presents in simple brown packing paper and natural twine and add some greenery from my parents' garden. But I really love the furoshiki method - my mother-in-law told me she'd like to have some nice handkerchiefs, so I'm planning on sewing some from leftover fabric I have lying around and then wrapping the other presents in them. We'll see how that goes, haha. Typically, I'm the one to hectically wrap their presents 15 mins before we're to meet under the christmas tree for exchanging them, making everybody wait for me - year after year. Maybe this year'll be different, it's never too late to believe in a christmas miracle! ;) Have a wonderful christmas time!

    1. I know the feeling about wrapping presents last minute - and I can never find any scissors either! Love the idea of using the handkerchiefs for wrapping your presents! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too :) / Niki

  2. I'm actually almost done with wrapping gifts--I wanted to get our family gifts done before my son got home from college, while I had the chance to spread out all my wrapping materials without anyone walking in on me. I love the ribbon tree--it's simple enough for me to carry off. Maybe next year. :)

    1. I love that you have already wrapped your presents, it's so thoughtful! I try to do the same. I wish my Mum would think like us, I'm always helping her at midnight on Christmas Eve! It's a real pet peeve as I remind her every year! / Niki

  3. Your gift ideas using natural materials are so much attractive ( to my eye) than the glossy commercial stuff manufactured for single purpose, one time use. And, thanks for the link to the furoshiki video -- the technique looks very doable, even for someone with zero wrapping talent!

    1. I'm so happy you like these ideas. I'm sure you'll be a dab hand at Furoshiki, all your friends and family are going to be super impressed! / Niki


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