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Make sure your gifts are all decked out—with coastal touches, of course! Here, our fab finds and tips.


By Amber Furst and Marisa Spyker
Photos by Alison Gootee
Above Image | A MERRY MIX: Mistletoe paper, Caroline Gardner. Green leaf tag and sailboat holiday card, Egg Press. Whale paper, Smudge Ink. Star tag, Meri Meri. Seashell tag, Monahan Papers. Anchor paper, Smock. Octopus paper, polka dot paper, crocodile sticker, and satin ribbons, Paper Source.

7 easy ideas for pretty packages

Finishing touches
Think of tags as jewelry for your gifts—they're a simple way to add big style with little effort. Choose cardstock options that feature modern design twists and palettes that riff off traditional red and green (such as pink and mint).
  • MIXED MESSAGES
    It's Coal card, Tutta Lou Press. Winter Berry card, Smudge Ink. Merry Christmas Arrow card, Hammerpress.
  • TROPICAL TAKE
    Flip-flops and Palm cards, Lobird. Ribbons, The Ribbon Boutique. For more information, see Sources, page 106.
  • SHAPE SHIFTER
    Season's Greetings and Open Me First cards, Meri Meri. Sand Dollar card, Egg Press. Nautical Compass card, Ruff House Art. Cotton ribbon, Angela Liguori.
In the bag
Make spirits even brighter (and gift wrapping a cinch) when you deliver your hostess's favorite bottle of wine in a festive tote. Or fill it full of trinkets and candy as a party favor for little ones.
Seas and Greetings Wine Totes, $18 each; obxtradingroup.com
Top it off
Bows like these never go out of style! Make a statement with metallic versions in unique shapes, like tight curls. Or, cluster multiples of one type of bow for big impact.
Silver Fabric Curl Swirl Bow, $3; target.com for store locations
2" Bag of Mini Bows, $0.99; shop.hobbylobby.com
Satin Gold Ribbon Bow, $2.79; containerstore.com
Close ties
Use unexpected textiles for embellishing, such as cotton, cording, or rope. For a layered look, try a wide grosgrain beneath sweet baker's twine or a thin cotton ribbon.
Gold cord and red satin ribbon, Paper Source. White trim and blue ribbon, Hobby Lobby. Grosgrain ribbon, Midori. Italian cotton spools and blue cotton twine, Angela Liguori. White velvet ribbon and red grosgrain, May Arts. Baker's twine, Smitten on Paper.
All dressed up
Who says wrapping paper has to be, well, paper? A chic (and green) alternative is reusable fabric gift wrap, with the corners knotted together at the top. Another idea: Use a snazzy scarf or tea towel, so the giftee is doubly rewarded.
Chewing The Cud Organic Reusable Give Wraps in Give Cheer Starbursts (Persimmon), Give Joy Antelopes (Lime/Cherry), and Give Bliss Chevron (Aqua/Blue), $16 each; chewingthecud.com for retailers

Ocean accents
We're all for anything that helps us coast through the holidays, and this quick gift topper transforms plain presents into beautiful gifts in a flash. For a simple garnish, tie a medium-size starfish decoration (a shell or lightweight glass fishing buoy works, too) around the base of a bow with pretty ribbon.
Natural Raffia, $8 (4 oz.); containerstore.com
Knobby Cerithium Slices, $3 for four, and Sand Dollar & Starfish Set (sand dollar not pictured), $3 for two; shop.hobbylobby.com
Stick to it
Tape takes on a new life with eye-catching designs. A whimsical touch for securing paper, it can also double as ribbon—we like it paired with plain paper so as not to compete with patterns. You may never use clear tape again.
Ginko Papers FunTape in Lace & Bows Gold Set, Stripes, Blue Arrows, Teal Hexagons, and Red Arrows, from $4; ginkopapers.com


Ready to Wrap?
Watch step-by-step tips in our video at coastalliving.com/gift-wrap