My weakness is for cylindrical containers, mostly. Tea tins (my favorite), baby formula cans, that tall and skinny tube that Crystal Light comes in...you get the picture. After I wash and dry them thoroughly I cover them in fancy paper (and maybe some ribbon or other accessories) and use them for gift-giving. They can be filled with any manner of gift - baked goods, candy, bath salts, drink mixes, etc.
I'm sure there are many methods and sources for inspiration out there, and with the addition of this tutorial, a Google search for "covered tins" will yield yet another.
a cylindrical container
ribbon or any other accessories
Start with a clean, empty tin. Remove any labels that may show through the paper.
Measure the height of tin. This measurement should be only the area that you want covered with paper. For the tin in this example I couldn't cover the entire height of the tin because the metal ring from the clasp was in the way. Also keep in mind that some lids won't fit correctly over the paper, so you may need to measure up to the rim of the lid and not up to the rim of the tin.
Measure the circumference of the tin and add about a half an inch for some overlap.
Cut a piece of fancy paper to these dimensions.
If you have a tricky spot (like a space between the tin and the hinge for the lid) make sure your seam does not end there because it's too difficult to get your fingers in there and press down the end of the ribbon. Instead, apply some glue to the ribbon and shimmy it into the tight space.