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Christmas Gift Wrap

Whether for gifts stacked under the tree or presented to a friend, these creative Christmas gift-wrap tips and tricks set the tone for a truly memorable holiday gift exchange. Here are some beautiful ways to embellish store-bought Christmas gift wrap -- or to make your own. Also, save money and resources with our clever Christmas-gift-wrap recycling how-tos.

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The simple act of wrapping gifts takes on a ritual grace at holiday time. With each crease of the paper and knot of the ribbon, you are creating a tiny drama that will be played out when the package is opened. The ideas shown here are designed to be something of a tease: Colored tissue peeks through sheer white vellum; cutouts reveal hidden textures beneath. You can use specialty papers such as colored tissue, glassine, and waxed paper, but even ordinary materials become beautiful when used in an unexpected way.

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If you plan ahead and choose your materials carefully, wrapping presents can be as enjoyable as opening them. These tips will help you make a well-organized gift-wrapping plan, which can save money as well as time.