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Make your presents outshine your festooned Christmas tree by creating one-of-a-kind packages this holiday season. Give gifts panache by incorporating natural materials, such as pine cones, acorns or fresh greenery, embellishing paper with lace, stamps and vintage pieces or customizing packages with simple monograms.

These looks are doable even for busy gift givers and for crafters at every skill level. Remember, it’s the personal touches that make gift giving special. And easy, creative twists let your personality show.


Parie Villyard of Parie Designs shares 12 festive, fun ways to make your gifts special. Click on each image below for step-by-step photos for each style.


Embellished
Adorn your gifts with pretty decorations such as Christmas ornaments, fabric flowers and tinsel.



Fresh
Natural materials from your backyard can be used for these fresh gift ideas. Acorns, pine cones and greenery give life to basic gift boxes.



Tone-on-tone
Tone-on-tone designs are edgy. Parie says these types of projects cannot be planned, so let your creative juices flow by taking a trip to the thrift store or rummaging through your old jewelry drawer.



Personalized
Give your presents some personality by combining layers of texture, color and mediums, such as stamps and stencils.

by Parie Villyard

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