Enhance your Christmas gifts with a touch of fragrance and festive cheer using scented Christmas gift tags. Wait until you see these DIY ideas and unique designs with a rustic farmhouse style.

The holiday season is upon us, and one of the best ways to make your gifts even more special is by adding a personal touch with Christmas gift tags.

They are an essential part of gift-giving during this festive time of year. But why settle for the ordinary when you can create something extraordinary?

In this post, I’m sharing how to make your very own scented Christmas gift tags that will add an extra layer of charm to your presents.

These Christmas gift tags DIY are ridiculously easy to do and add that personal touch to the holiday gift-giving season.

Sure you can purchase ready-made gift tags or download some printables from the web, but these look really rustic, so pretty, and add that extra pizzazz to holiday gifts this year.

With a few snips from the landscape, some card stock, glue, and a Sharpie marker, you are good to go!

Wait until you see how simple and beautiful these DIY Christmas gift tags are to make!

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What Can I Use for Gift Tags?

There are lots of different ways to make gift tags for the holidays and beyond.

Of course, you can always head to the store and purchase a Hallmark card, but it’s much more budget-friendly, especially when you are tagging Christmas gifts, to keep costs down.

Here are a few ideas of things that can be used for gift tags.

  • Extra Wrapping Paper
  • Brown or White Paper Bags
  • Cardstock
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Magazine or Newspaper Clippings
  • Boxes, Cardboard, or other Packaging
  • Printables
  • Apps Like Canva

To keep gift wrapping and tagging costs down, I like to keep a roll of brown craft paper , different-sized ribbons, and cardstock around for just this purpose.

brown card stock gift tags

How to Make Easy Scented Christmas Gift Tags DIY

While I don’t make a ton of crafty things, I love making these Christmas tags because they add that special something from my garden to an already meaningful gift.

But the best part?

You can use this idea with almost any type of evergreen cutting or even dried-cut flowers for a year-round gift tag idea.

Here’s how to do it!

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Supplies Needed to Make Scented DIY Christmas Tags

Much like the way I cook, I love doing crafts that don’t require a whole bunch of supplies that I need to go out and buy.

So if you have some of the basics on hand, these personalized gift tags will be a cinch to make!

Here’s what you need.

cut small evergreen branches to hot glue onto cardstock

Directions to Make Custom Gift Tags

And as simple as the supplies are to acquire, the directions to make these Santa gift tags are even easier.

But first, you’ll need to head out to the landscape and cut some evergreens like pine or boxwood branches.

If you want to make this for something other than the holidays, try using other types of foliage like rhododendron leaves or cut flower heads.

And if the branches or flowers you cut don’t have an aroma, grab some essential oils and add a few drops on the cardstock for a festive fragrance.

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To make the gift tags:

  • Cut small pieces of evergreen to fit the size of the card stock gift tags to look like a Christmas tree.
  • Using a hot glue gun, glue the green down onto the cardstock.
  • Complete the look by writing “to:” and “from:” on the card stock.
  • Optional: If you want to add more fragrance, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
scented gift tags for holiday presents for Christmas or Chanukah

Scented Christmas Gift Tags DIY

Want a beautiful and budget-friendly way to personalize your holiday gifts this year? Wait until you see how easy these scented Christmas gift tags DIY are to make!
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Author: Stacy Ling
Cost: $5



  • Cut small pieces of evergreen to fit the size of the card stock gift tags to look like a Christmas tree.
    cut small evergreen branches to hot glue onto cardstock
  • Using a hot glue gun, glue the green down onto the card stock.
    using hot glue gun to adhere the evergreen branch to the cardstock to make scented gift tags for Christmas
  • Press down gently on the branch to get it to stick in the glue but BE CAREFUL because the glue is hot. Use a popsicle stick or plastic spoon to help weigh it down.
    pressing the evergreen branch into the glue so it adheres to make scented gift tags for Christmas
  • Complete the look by writing “to:” and “from:” on the card stock.
    writing to and from on the scented gift tags
  • Optional: If you want to add more fragrance, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the cardstock.
    scented gift tags for holiday presents for Christmas or Chanukah


Note: You could use this gift tag idea using dried flowers or other greens to make a pretty personalized gift tag.

More About Personalized Gift Tags for Christmas

How do you like to at Christmas tags to your gifts? Have you ever made custom gift tags before? Would you make these scented Christmas gift tags differently? What essential oil would you use? I would love to know more in the comments below.

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  1. This is such a beautiful idea! I’m excited to share this post with my followers on my From My Neck of the Woods weekend round up.

  2. Love this idea! Do you know how long the pine or boxwood would last before looking dead? In other words, how far in advance can these be made and still look good? Thank you

  3. Stacy, this is such an adorable idea! I love doing DIY tags on Christmas presents, but I love yours even more than what I’ve done in the past!! Pinned.