Last Christmas, my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law all bought my gift tags. On Christmas morning when the women of the family distributed the gifts, we giggled because we had all found interesting ways to wrap the gifts incorporating the tags (with fake berries, flowers, raffia..) instead of the traditional ribbon and bow. The men all rolled their eyes and thought we were ridiculous :)

But hey! That's the benefit of hand-painted gift tags. They help make wrapping gifts more fun, because we all know that giving gifts is so much fun but wrapping all 50 of them can get tiresome.

Above are some simple (and very cheap!) ideas for creatively wrapping gifts, using a few of my gift tags!

I just bought some various Christmas greens such as pine needles (recycled from my piano garland), rosemary, and Central Market sells the trimmings from the fresh Christmas trees they sell **. Wrap it up with some cute baker's twine and all done! The tags include black striped baker's twine, which also goes great with any creative gift-wrapping ideas you come up with.

** These greens last a long time! I have had presents wrapped under the tree with them for over a week and they don't look a day old! ;)