How to Create Large Christmas Gift Tags

Make your gifts—and your sentiments—stand out

Oversized gift tag templates
Make a statement with oversized Christmas gift tags. @copy; Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

Every Christmas season finds most of us looking for ways to celebrate while staying within budget and minimizing stress. One fun way is to create your own gift tags.

Go Big

Oversized tags provide a surprising contrast on tiny presents. Used on large gifts, they stand out far better than tiny tags that get overlooked. Moreover, their size gives you room to add quick, personalized notes to really make those gifts special.

Try wrapping presents in kraft or other solid-colored paper to let your tags take center stage and make your messages stand out.

Where to Find Christmas Present Tag Templates

Online sources abound. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Gather and Feast offers a beautiful set of simple but elegant black-and-white tags that are sure to be noticed.
  • World Label offers editable, chalkboard-effect tag templates that you can personalize easily before printing.
  • You'll find some beautiful Christmas gift tags in soft green, red, and black with hand-drawn style at Design Sponge.
  • At Wild Olive, you can download some gift tags in a strikingly modern, colorful design theme.
  • Want still more color? Try the tags on offer from blogger Caroline Johansson.
  • Poppies at Play brings you round tags in sophisticated designs of gray, red, and white.

These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to printable tags online.

A quick search will turn up many more sources.

How to Create Your Own Christmas Gift Tags

Typically, you'll download printable tags in .pdf format, which you can open in Acrobat Reader. (If you don't have this software already, you can download it for free.) Then:

  1. Print out the tags on your home printer using the heaviest paper or cardstock you can run through it.
  1. Trim your tags to size.
  2. Use a hole puncher to punch a hole in each tag.
  3. Run a length of narrow ribbon or twine through the hole in the tag and knot it near the top of the tag.
  4. Tie a small bow and leave the ribbon or twine tails loose to attach the card to the package.

Don't Want to Print Tags? Get Green

Here's a truly eco-friendly, inexpensive way to create very large Christmas gift tags: Save the holiday cards you receive each year. For each tag, cut the front off a card (where the design is). Punch a hole in your new tag and write a message on the flip side. It's a great way to prevent all those beautiful cards from going to waste.