We’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the holidays, and this year, I’m determined to actually wrap all of my gifts. I’ll admit it… there have been times when I just drop the present into a lame gift bag and call it done. But I always wish I had really wrapped it. Because the process of unwrapping a gift is delightful, and frankly, gift bags are not as fun to open! (Half the time you can see the present through the tissue paper…)

So get inspired to up your gift-wrapping skills from afterthought to art. Here are 14 gift wrapping ideas — from elegant toppers to efficient gift-wrap stations to unique box ideas — that’ll get your mind percolating with possibilities.

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Attention crafty wrappers:

If your gift wrapping talents are all that and a bag of chips, consider entering Scotch Brand’s Most Gifted Wrapper Contest:

There’s just three days left to enter the 16th annual Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest! The deadline is this Sunday, September 23! If chosen as a finalist, you will receive a three-day, three-night an all-expenses paid trip to NYC to compete for a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000!

Got the crafting skills it takes to take home the grand prize? Entering is easy:

  • Visit www.mostgiftedwrapper.com
  • Submit a 2-minute video saying why you think you should be the Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper
  • In the video, show us a gift you’ve wrapped and share your best gift wrapping tip
  • Upload the video to YouTube and complete the online submission form at www.mostgiftedwrapper.com

Visit www.mostgiftedwrapper.com for official contest rules, additional information and to view video and photos from the 2011 contest.

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