There are plenty of DIY ideas out there for wrapping presents thoughtfully (and beautiful) for the holidays. But almost everything I’ve seen this year is best suited for a woman. So what about the guys? I know those giant yarn pom pom toppers are pretty, but is it a good match for those macho men you know? Maybe not.
So keeping the opposite sex in mind, I came up with 5 semi-manly DIY wrapping ideas for you to try with your holidays presents this year. And honestly, I wouldn’t mind receiving a few packages wrapped up like this myself. So I’d say they’re pretty unisex, if you want to get technical about it.
Here are 5 DIY ways to wrap packages for the men in your life…
1. Letterpress + Leather: Wrap small gifts in tissue paper, loosely (it doesn’t have to be super neat – the messiness makes it kind of cool). Then wrap a leather cord around the entire present twice and double knot. Add a letterpress gift tag (mine is from a card from last year that I cut into a smaller tag shape). Done.
2. Newspaper + Neon: Use a black and white newspaper page to wrap, just as you would normal wrapping paper. Add a neon string, wrapped around several times and before tying into a bow or double knotting, add a pinecone, to ‘man it up’ a little bit.
3. Calendar Boy: If you already have your calendar for 2014 or have saved any old ones, use the first page (that doesn’t have a month on it) as wrapping paper. These are great for wrapping presents, especially if your calendar was a big one, like mine. This is the calendar I used one of the pages from, in case you’re wondering.
4. Spotted + Dotted: Wrapped in dotted kraft paper, add a tree sprig, tag, and black tape. This one if probably the most feminine of the five, but I still think it works in the man category. I mean come on, there is a black X on it.
5. Drawn Out: Using a metallic paint pen, draw simples lines (or something more complicated) on a large piece of scrap paper. Wrap it up and tape on a tag. Good to go.
And here are a few more photos, just for fun…
Photography by Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Do you have a favorite? How will you be wrapping your man’s gifts this year? I’m curious.
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Sure! It’s from Target.Brittni
May I ask where you purchased the dotted kraft paper? Thank you!Janet
Thanks ladies! Hope you all had a great holiday.papernstitch
I went for simple brown paper, baker’s twine, and a mini pinecone for a unisex wrapping (I like everything a little masculine anyway). I love drawing right on the paper!
I love the touch of live evergreen in the wrapping tie very festive and adorable. I bought new snow tires as a gift and have no idea how to wrap these !!!!Clarissa Brooks
wow I love all of these ideas. Now just to figure out what to put inside those great wrapped boxes .Rachel Bell
I totally just wrapped a man gift in the style of the stamped white polka dot on kraft paper one! It has a woodgrain tag with arrows on it, so seems man friendly enough to me 😉Lisa
Thanks Chloe and Victoria. Hope you both have a happy holiday!papernstitch
Okay, these are absolutely perfect. I’m loving the one with the tissue paper and leather cord – simple, nice and masculine 🙂Victoria | Oh So Pretty
Love these ideas! I can’t wait to try!Chloe
Definitely agree with you Bethany. And I love a lot of the feminine wrapping ideas out there, but it’s nice to have some options for the fellas too.papernstitch
I like these! It’s kind of true that so much of DIY out there is very feminine. These are great ideas to have on hand!Bethany
Thanks Becca. 🙂 Happy holidays.papernstitch
These are all such great ideas! I’m always looking new ways to pretty up my gift wrapping and these all look amazing!
Shoe laces! That’s brilliant Daria.papernstitch
These are all great! I usually use craft paper for wrapping guys’ gifts, tied with plain string or shoe laces.daria
Of course Brandyn. Totally agree. Thanks for stopping by.papernstitch
Thank you for focusing on wrapping styles for men. It gives that added thought and touch to make the gift special.Brandyn
They are SUPER quick, Jess. And so easy. If only all the gifts I wrap were this simple. 🙂papernstitch
Each of these wrapping styles are SO great! I love them all, and they seem to be pretty quick to do. Thanks!Jess