I think Julie Andrews had it right when she sang about brown paper packages tied up with string... definitely one of my favorite things.
While I love beautiful packages under the tree, I do think it's a bit ridiculous to pay almost as much for the wrapping as you did for the gift itself... especially when you know it's just going to land in the recycling bin...
So I've taken one package, wrapped in simple brown craft paper ($4 for about 20 yards) and experimented with the possibilities just by scrounging 'round the house.
A leftover ribbon remnant and a DIY glitter ornament
Baker's twine and DIY acorn ornaments
More ribbon remnant, a page from a old book (circle punched) and a spare button from a coat
(we live near some wild peacocks, so we always have a spare lying around... but any feather will do just look around on a nature hike)
Felt Snowflake Ornament
(bought for 50 cents at Dollar Tree)
Vintage rickrack and a DIY flower pin with vintage button
(it's always nice when the wrapping IS part of the gift)
What's your favorite way to wrap a gift?