Cyclists of all ages will light up when they see a bike bell tied to their gift.
Kraft paper, amazon.com, $8; Dringdring Lite-Brite bike bell, dringdring.bigcartel.com, $24.
Frame your well wishes inside a wall decal designed by artist Julia Rothman.
Instantly antique wall decals, blueribbongeneralstore.com, $25; Pen-Touch medium-point white marker, amazon.com, $5.
When you can’t afford to buy your first mate a yacht, send her a boozy libation tied with a nautical rope bracelet instead. Ahoy!
Gens du Monde bronze fish hook nautical rope bracelet, etsy.com, $10-$25; Decadent Designs seahorse hang gift tag, etsy.com, $14 for six.
If you’re celebrating holidays south of the border (or even if you’re not), whip up a colorful masterpiece inspired by this year’s Aztec nail art trend.
Liquitex basic acrylic paints, dickblick.com, $5-$75.
Even if the oven is not your friend, pose as a pastry chef when wrapping cookbooks and spatulas in fresh-from-the-bakery twine.
Sur la Table bakery truck ornament, surlatable.com, $17; Sur la Table mini vanilla donut ornament, surlatable.com, $7; Knot & Bow glitter twine, etsy.com, $20.
Send a gift with all the charm of a holiday escape to a woodsy log cabin. Stamp the paper before wrapping, then tie it up with hemp yarn and festive felted acorns.
Woodgrain rubber stamp, paper-source.com, $14; Color Box Frost White ink pad, paper-source.com, $6; Felt Jar felted acorns, etsy.com, $12; Hemp Hutt hemp yarn, etsy.com, $5.
When the holiday forecast doesn’t include freezing temps, stash the winter wonderland under your tree instead. Cover the package in double-sided tape, dip it in sparkly glitter snow, and imagine sleigh bells ringing.
Buffalo Snow iridescent flakes, amazon.com, $3; Original Buffalo Snow, amazon.com, $8; Scotch double-sided tape, dickblick.com, $2-$3.
Send a spot-on present by decorating it with polka-dot stamps and a round ceramic gift tag.
MStetson Design small round white holiday gift tag, etsy.com, $14; Hero Arts dots stamp, shop.heroarts.com, $10; Quicksilver Color Box ink pad, paper-source.com, $8; Knot & Bow glitter twine, etsy.com, $20.
Recycling last year’s calendar is easy: Just collage the pages onto a gift. We let our crazy cat lady out of the box with this one.
United Bamboo cat calendar, unitedbamboo.com, $10.
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