Wrapping presents is probably one of my favorite things to do during the holidays. A few days before the 25th, I wait until everyone is sound asleep, put on wonderfully cheesy Christmas tunes, make myself a cup of hot cocoa and sprawl out on the floor with endless rolls of kraft paper, empty boxes, ribbons, an assortment of winter foliage and of course, all of the gifts I’ve been so artfully squirreling away since November. This year, I scored awesome cold weather accessories from Old Navy, like sweater knit mittens, felt slippersquilted lined vests, brushes flannel scarves and wool felt hats. Honestly, it was all the perfect assortment of warm and cozy gifts for friends. I also loved the colors and textures of the mittens and scarves so much, I was inspired to use them as present toppers. They’re like little sneak peaks for your besties!



Start by placing your gifts in a plain, empty box with a lid. Wrap with kraft paper or just leave the box bare, as it is.


Tie with a ribbon and finish with a double knot.


Snip some winter foliage like winter berries and Christmas tree trimmings and layer them on top of each other.


Tuck them beneath the ribbon and secure the stems with a piece of tape. Take a piece of yarn and thread it through the top of a pair of mittens and tie it onto the ribbon.


Snip away any excess ribbon and yarn and voila, you’ve got yourself an adorable present topper!


You can also replace ribbon with a long scarf, when wrapping a large present. Simply fold the scarf into fourths, lengthwise. Wrap it around a box and tie into a tight bow.


Some some plants or berries into the center of the bow.



(This post was created in collaboration with Old Navy. Photography by Jen Kay)