Best Gift Wrapping Tips and Tricks

by Alli

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Have you ever received a gift that was beautifully wrapped and almost too pretty to open? My mom had some serious gift wrapping skills and my oldest daughter has skills for days. Today I’m sharing all the best gift wrapping tips and tricks from my family to yours.

Gift Wrapping Tips and Tricks

Last year, my daughter used these Santa Sacks for all her gifts. We were all oohing and ahhing over how cute this was. I saved the one that was filled with wrapped gifts for me and I’ll definitely reuse this Santa sack.

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It’s Day 9 and we are sharing Pretty Gift Wrapping Ideas

Now that our kids are all grown up, we have our Christmas celebration on Christmas Day. They all come over for lunch and then we open presents. There’s 16 of us now and we take turns, starting from the youngest (Fin just turned one) to the oldest (my sweet husband).

Yes, it takes a while to open gifts, but that’s the beauty of it. We all get to share in each other’s surprises, the joyful faces and we enjoy every second of it.

Best Gift Wrapping Tips

Here are some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way when it comes to wrapping gifts. I mix things up every year and these are the tips I’m currently doing or have done in the past.

Gift Wrapping Tips and Tricks for wrapping presents.

1. Use one solid color wrapping paper plus one standout such as polka dots.

I love using a solid color like red and then wrapping a few gifts in a white paper with big red polka dots. You only have to purchase two colors paper.

2. Assign a different colored wrapping paper for each child.

Don’t add names to the gifts. Place a small piece of each child’s wrapping paper in the toe of their stocking. My daughter did this last year and the kids had so much fun finding their gifts.

3. Use photos in place of to/from gift tags.

One year, I printed out black and white photos of all the kids and grandkids. I used them for gift tags. It was so much easier to hand out gifts.

4. Speaking of gift tags, there are so many free printables available. Just print them out on white cardstock.

5. Use the ironing board to wrap gifts.

This is my favorite tip of all! I’m tall and over the years I’ve tried so many different positions to wrap presents. From sitting on the floor (ouch, my back!) to using the kitchen island, I’ve found my ironing board works best for wrapping small and medium-sized gifts. I can adjust the height and it’s perfect for me. When I get tired of standing, I can sit down and adjust the ironing board accordingly.

6. Make the wrap part of the gift.

Give gifts in a jar or basket. They get a great gift inside and get to keep the jar or basket. It’s actually two gifts in one.

7. Go beyond traditional wrapping paper.

Don’t fret if you run out of wrapping paper. Use newspaper, maps, old book pages, sheet music or fabric.

8. Repurpose gift bags.

Sometimes, I still resort to gift bags, especially when I’m down to the end and tired of wrapping presents. I’ve been known to repurpose beautiful gift bags that are just too pretty to dispose of.

9. Secure a hard-to-wrap gift with an embellished ponytail holder.

If you have a gift that’s shaped weird (like a bottle of bubble bath)  for your little girl, wrap it in tissue paper, cover it with tulle (or not) and add a ponytail holder to keep it all together.

10. Go with a non-wrap gift by using white boxes and colored tape.

11. If you run out of bows or want to step outside the bow box, here are a few replacements:

  • Use a child-sized jump rope to tie around a gift.
  • A mesh bath puff from the dollar store is a cute embellishment in place of a bow.
  • Top kitchen related gifts with sprigs of Rosemary.
  • A small, plastic Christmas tree ornament makes a great replacement for a bow.
  • Attach a small bell to a length of ribbon to secure the package – no need to add a bow.
  • Go natural – add small pinecones, sprigs, berries, blossoms or leaves in place of a bow.

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Jenny December 7, 2018 - 6:41 am

These are such good ideas! To keep the gifts from extended family sorted for the kids, I use different wrapping paper so I know who the gifts are from on sight. Great idea for ironing board, wrapping presents can be a back breaker.

candy December 7, 2018 - 8:15 am

I use a bunch of cloth christmas gift bags now. We have all sizes and they get reused every year. I like to make fun gift tags to slide into the see through pockets.

Amber Myers December 7, 2018 - 8:18 am

I love your ideas. I do have some nice bags that I use. Mostly I just wrap everything with colorful paper. And I’m a terrible wrapper, so they don’t always look nice. Oops.

Tamara December 7, 2018 - 8:36 am

Oh I love some of these ideas. Especially having different colors for the kids. Thanks for sharing.

Jeanette December 7, 2018 - 9:26 am

I can definitely say I am not a good gift wrapper. I get it done but it’s not pretty. I think I need to hire you to wrap all my gifts.

GiGi Eats December 7, 2018 - 9:46 am

Not going to lie – I tend to use tin foil to wrap gifts because- well it’s perfect and shiny and clings to everything!

Terri Steffes December 7, 2018 - 10:15 am

The ironing board idea really has me intrigued. Mine is attached to the wall, but I can see how a regular one would work fine!

Marie InteriorFrugalista December 7, 2018 - 10:44 am

So many great ideas here, Alli. My two favorites are putting a scrunched piece of wrapping paper in the stockings to identify their gifts – how fun is that! My second is the ironing board trick – brilliant!

Leanna December 7, 2018 - 11:35 am

Some very unique and helpful ideas. I use to wrap Christmas gifts in a different paper for each grandchild according to their favorite colour or cartoon character etc. This year they all got the exact same wrapping but I placed them in individual baskets.

Pam December 7, 2018 - 3:08 pm

We always used special wrapping paper with Santa on it to designate the Santa gifts. It was a fun way to make them stand out.

Marie | DIY Adulation December 7, 2018 - 6:30 pm

Using a plain white box with colorful tape is such a smart idea! You could totally find some festive washi tape and go nuts with it. Easier to “wrap”, easier to opens, and 100% beautiful. Love it!

Ashley December 7, 2018 - 8:39 pm

I’m going to send this to my husband. He is the worse at wrapping.

Super Mom - No Cape! December 7, 2018 - 9:20 pm

Those are all great tips. I love the one about using your ironing board to wrap on!

Tabitha Blue December 7, 2018 - 10:19 pm

So many great ideas!! We love using creative ways to wrap too 🙂

Vyjay Rao December 8, 2018 - 12:02 am

These are some really timely ideas for gift wrapping. Some people definitely possess an innate skill of gift-wrapping while some others are downright clumsy. The gift wrapping sack looks lovely, an idea that we can use this season.

Tomi December 8, 2018 - 9:05 am

Great tips. We use different wrapping paper for each of the kids as well. I don’t know where we learned that tidbit but it helps identify that one last gift under the tree

Chubskulit Rose December 8, 2018 - 11:46 am

I am not really creative when wrapping gifts so these helps a lot. Thanks a lot for sharing these great ideas.

ricci December 8, 2018 - 8:43 pm

I have super cute gift wrap now I just need to find cute twine and bows! And name tags, can’t forget the dang name tags!! LOL!!

Kasey December 8, 2018 - 10:59 pm

I love gift bags. We reuse them every year – And sometimes we get our original ones back.

Catalina December 9, 2018 - 7:05 am

How many beautiful wrapping gifts ideas! I really need to try them! I love the idea of using fabrics and newspapers!

Jeanine December 9, 2018 - 10:39 am

Love these ideas. I need to do something different this year so hopefully one of these will be the winner!

Rachel December 9, 2018 - 8:52 pm

My favorite are the reuseable bags. I do have a big roll of brown paper. I need to get more ribbon.

Nancy at Whispered Inspirations December 10, 2018 - 12:48 am

I have to stay I love reusuable bags. But, there is nothing like a nicely wrapped gift with ribbon and bows.

Shannan P December 18, 2018 - 11:46 am

I love all of these ideas! I really want to try using photos as gift tags. Such an easy way to make things special!


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