Consider monochromatic wrapping.
Gift tags from Paper Society Co., designed by Ashleigh Shouwerwou, feature beautifully written messages for the holidays. "An all-white wrapping scheme allows the tags to be the main attraction," says H&H design editor Margot Austin. "For this holiday season I'll use cord and oversized rickrack trim from my sewing desk and butcher's string from the kitchen drawer. These parcels will really stand out once they're placed under a tree alongside gifts done up in traditional holiday wrapping."