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Bridal Shower Gift Wrapping Ideas

Presentation makes the right gift perfect

By Cynthia Myers

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Part of the fun at bridal showers is watching the bride open her gifts. Make your gift stand out by choosing special wrapping paper or concept. Your wrapping can even do double-duty as part of the gift. You can coordinate a wrapping theme with other attendees to have all of your gifts complement one another.

Boxes

Anyone can put a gift in a cardboard box, but yours will stand out if you use a wooden box. You can buy plain wooden boxes at craft stores and paint them or cover them with fabric. The bride can use these boxes to hold recipes, photos or DVDs. Or choose a plastic storage container that the bride can use to hold linens or out-of-season clothing. Almost any useful container could hold your gift first.

Bags

Instead of a paper gift bag, put your gift in an environmentally friendly cloth shopping bag, laundry bag or beach tote. Save resources and help the bride to do so also. The bag can always be reused later on for grocery shopping or as an accessory so make sure you choose one that is somewhat rugged and aesthetically pleasing.

Baskets

Present your gift in a cloth-lined or lidded basket that the bride can use later as a storage container for linens, magazines or other items.

Linens

Tuck a set of sheets inside a pillow case and tie with a satin bow. Or use pillowcases as gift bags. Place your gift in the pillowcase, using a second case as stuffing. Gather the end of the pillowcase and wrap with a rubber band. Cover the band with a bow. Use towels to wrap bath items, and dish towels or tablecloths instead of wrapping paper for kitchen items. Fasten the linens with safety pins and add a big bow for a useful and attractive gift wrap.

Accessories

Instead of bows, use accessories to decorate gift packages. Top a blender or toaster box with a colorful dish scrubby or a bunch of wooden spoons. Add a bath pouf in place of a bow on a box containing bath items. Trim a gift of sheets with a linen sachet.

About the Author

Cynthia James is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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