Unique — and often easier — alternatives to traditional spools of wrapping paper.

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Some people excel at wrapping presents, others simply do not. No matter which camp you fall into, don’t leave the wrapping to Christmas Eve. With these excellent options, you’ll want to enjoy your handy work long before the big day. 

Ikea Vinter Gift Bags ($10 for 25). These little gift bags — available in three designs — are great for little items under the tree or hostess gifts. If you don’t want to mess with tape and folding, these bags are for you. 

Verloop Knit Bottle Sleeve ($19 at Nordstrom). Make that bottle-of-wine-gift more festive with this knit, multicolored wine sleeve made from repurposed yarn. Previously an online-only company, Verloop’s colorful knit products are now available at the downtown Seattle and Bellevue Nordstrom locations.

Knot & Bow Gold/Natural Glitter Twine ($14 at knotandbow.com). For a rustic-modern look, wrap your gifts in craft paper finished with this twine that features a bit of glitter. Add a sprig of evergreen for an understated-chic package. 

Dahlia Press Gift Wrap ($12 for three sheets at dahliapress.com). Seattle-based Dahlia Press is an excellent source for gorgeous wrapping paper printed on heavy 70-pound stock. Options include festive plaids, bicycles, polka dots, fir sprigs and more.

Cavallini and Co. Vintage Glittered Christmas Gift Tags ($12 for 36 at Paper Source). If vintage is your vibe, pick up a pack of these glittery retro Christmas tags. Iconic and fun, they feature sledding Santas, a stuffed mailbox and other classic scenes of the season.