For many people, the holiday season is all about the pleasure of personalized gift-giving. If you're one of them, why not skip the generic in-store gift wrapping and make your own holiday gift boxes.

One thing to note: These gift boxes and bags are optimized for printing on regular-size (8.5-by-11-inch) paper, so they'll accomodate only small gifts such as jewelry. You can always blow them up and print them on larger sheets of paper (though the designs might get fuzzy).

  1. If you don't mind having extra branding on your box, consider HP Creative Studio's Disney Blue Snowflake Gift Box, which features a blue snowflake pattern, a red ribbon stripe, and separate dangling gift tag, with branding from Disney's A Christmas Carol tastefully located on the bottom of the box. A number of other Disney gift boxes feature A Christmas Carol branding, as well, including the Bah-Humbug Gift Box, the Plaid Gift Box, and the Victorian Gift Box.
  2. If you're not a huge fan of Disney or Tiny Tim, HP has other options. Try its Christmas Tree Wrap set, with templates and instructions for a gift bag, a gift box, a gift card, and wrapping paper; or give this hot pinkholiday gift box a whirl. If you're looking for a home-made holder for cash or a gift card, you might like HP's Holiday Memories gift card holder.
  3. You can also design your own gift boxes using this template. You have the option of importing this plain template into Photoshop to embellish it, or you can print it immediately and break out the crayons.

Other fun holiday printer projects include turning photos into calendars, gifts, and greeting cards. And in past years, we've described in detail how to print your own greeting cards, how to make custom photo gifts, and how to design calendars.

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