How To Wrap For Kids 101 - Gift Wrapping Ideas That Surprise & Delight

September 08, 2021

How To Wrap For Kids 101 - Gift Wrapping Ideas That Surprise & Delight

Make sure your gift stands out at the party with these surprisingly fun and playfully easy tips. From found objects to quick crafty DIYs, we show you how to add an element of the unexpected to your gift wrapping with this winning round-up. Read on for simple, time-saving ideas to help your gifts get noticed!

Common sense caution: consider the age of your little ones and please be mindful of avoiding choking hazards.

1. Take a Page Out of the Toy Box Playbook...

Raid your kids toy box or craft supplies for fun, playful bits that can serve as unexpected gift toppers. 

Pipe cleaners 

Pipe Cleaners - Gift Wrap Ideas for Kids

Who needs ribbon or bows when you can use fuzzy, twisty, bendy, colorful pipe cleaners to sculpt a fun and fabulous gift topper. (Shop Nautilus Shell Wrapping Paper)

Little toys

Dinosaur toys - Kids Gift wrapping Ideas
Ocean Theme Gift Wrapping Idea for Kids

Something quirky, vintage is always fun. Double points if you match the toy to the wrapping color or theme! (Shop for Kids Wrapping Paper - Dino Lights & Whales/Anchors)


Lego Gift Toppers for Kids

Build a little something with Lego to top your kiddo’s gift (warning: may delay opening of the actual gift.)

Fringed Ribbon

Fringed Ribbon Gift Wrapping Idea - Pinata Style
Gift Wrapping Ideas for Kids - Fringed ribbon

Adds a touch of fun texture for the senses.

(Shop Eco-Friendly Paper Ribbon - Birthday Balloons Gift Wrap - Kids Wrapping Paper "Worms")

2. Pompoms Are Always Fun...

You went through the work of picking out a perfect gift, now make sure your wrapping stands out at the party! Fluff up the top of your gift box with a huge pop (er, or pouf?) of color and texture.

Yarn or paper pompoms 

Pom Pom Gift Wrap Idea for Kids

Easy to whip together, totally customizable, and sure to be saved—we'd say that's worth the extra few minutes to assemble.

(Shop Tropical Wrapping Paper by Jana Lam)

    Paper tassels & garland

    Kids Gift Wrapping Ideas - Tassels & Garland

    Ditto the pompoms, just as easy with equal the wow-factor.

    (Shop Panda Loves Cake - Birthday Party Animals Wrap Bundle)

    Felt balls 

    Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas for Kids - Felt Balls

    There's simply no denying that crafty, Scandinavian charm. Affix with a wee dollop of hot glue or a quick hand stitch.

    (Shop the Scandinavian Folk Holiday Collection - Holiday Gift Wrap)

    3. Beads 'n Buttons...

    Who needs a boring old bow when you can string together something a lot more charming, and with minimal effort! Think of it as a statement necklace, for your gift.

    Wooden beads 

    Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas for Kids - Wooden Beads

    Such a gorgeous natural look and treat for the senses (Shop Birthday Gift Wrap for Kids - Lion Fiesta - Basset Hound/Polka Dots)

    Letter beads

    Gift Wrapping Ideas for Kids Birthdays - Letter Beads

    Spell out a message, name, or even a line from a joke or song. (Shop Birthday Balloons Gift Wrap + Chartreuse Paper Ribbon)


    Button Gift Toppers for Kids

    Borrow from the craft drawer to capture a smile. We say, "the bigger, the better."

    (Shop Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap - Magical Sea - Rainbow Orchids - El Mar)

    4. Become A Master of Disguise...

    Who says your gift has to look like a gift at all? Elementary aged kids love tricksters and will especially get a kick out of this sneaky extra effort.

    Kids Gift Wrapping Ideas - pinata and animal disguises
    • Why not make the whole gift look like a Piñata (inspired by Modern Maven)
    • Add eyes & whiskers to the gift box to look like your favorite animals (inspired by A Beautiful Mess)

    5. Kids Love Nature!

    Littles are always the first to stop and pluck a flower or present you with a tiny beach treasure they found. Why not return the favor? And reinforce their love and wonder for nature in the process.

    Flowers & Greens

    Flower Gift Topper - Creative Wrapping Idea
    Garden Gift Wrapping Ideas for Kids

    Get inspired by nature with fresh flowers & greens from the garden. (Shop Enchanted Garden)

      Bark or twigs

      Bark & Twigs Gift Wrapping Idea for Kids

      Kick start their imagination with a bit of bark or an interesting twig that adds unexpected texture and storybook wonder.


      Shell Gift Topper - For Kids Mermaid Party

      Mermaid vibes come alive with a beach comber's treasure added to the top of a gift. (Shop Pineapple Blush Gift Wrap)

      Paper or craft store butterflies 

      Butterfly Gift Topper - Gift Wrapping Ideas for Kids

      Add a touch of magical whimsy to top off a beautiful gift.