Gift Wrapping Tips

by Alli

You may or may not have all of your gifts wrapped by now, so this is for all of you that still have miles and miles of ribbon and bows and a closet full of presents to be dressed and readied for the big day.

Helpful Tips for Gift Wrapping

Some years I’ve been rushed and toward the end of my wrapping session I’ve thrown everything into Christmas bags, stuffed them full of tissue paper and called it a day.  I always use bags for those hard to wrap, weirdly shaped gifts, but presents are so pretty when they’re all gussied up.  Kids, especially, like to unwrap gifts.

Do you use a color theme for your gifts or do you like to buy lots of different kinds of wrapping paper?

I tend to fall into the theme category.  It’s just easier to use one kind of wrapping paper.

Gift Wrapping Tips

Here are some of my gift wrapping tips:

1.  Set up a gift wrapping station.

I envy those of you who have a craft room.  You’re all ready to go.  I, however, have to set up a station, including a basket filled with tape, scissors, ribbon, etc.  Having everything in one place saves loads of time.

Helpful Hint:  I use the Scotch gift wrap cutter.  It saves time and effort and cuts cleaner and quicker than scissors.

Gift Wrapping Tips

2.  Use your ironing board to wrap gifts.

You can set it to the proper height and it saves you from backaches.  It especially comes in handy for small and medium-sized gifts.  Your kitchen island works, too.

3.  Use double-sided tape.

For clean lines, including no tape lines, double-sided tape is a great solution and it’s easy to use.

4.  Buy quality wrapping paper.

Thin, flimsy wrapping paper tears too easily.  After Christmas is the perfect time to buy wrapping paper for next year.  I’ve also seen the cutest presents wrapped in butcher paper, newspaper or other recycled paper.

5.  Stick with one color wrapping paper.

It’s so much easier than having to decide which paper you’ll use to wrap the next gift.  I always have a stash of Christmas ribbon and it only takes a few minutes to add ribbon and gift tags.

I used alphabet stamps and craft paper for most of my gifts this year.  I stamped the names on the package and was done in no time at all.

Helpful Hint:  Craft paper is much more durable than most wrapping paper and it’s usually cheaper, too.  You can find it at Walmart in the office supply section.

And  it’s perfectly A-OK to use gift bags.  Try the  little brown or white lunch sized bags for smaller gifts.  Fold over the top and clip with  clothespins or punch two holes in the folded over area and tie with ribbon.  They make such cute gift bags.  You can buy these bags in bulk, too.

What’s your favorite gift wrapping tip?

Gift Wrapping Tips

7 comments

Angela December 20, 2014 - 7:42 am

I love to wrap presents! It’s my favorite part. I usually go for a different color scheme each Christmas. I like to use simple paper that I can make tags for or add a little something special for the specific person. Also using a simple pattern or plain color makes it easy to give out to all ages. This year at Hobby Lobby I found Christmas Cards with matching wrapping paper, tags, gift bags, and other decorations. It was a really great find 🙂

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Alli December 20, 2014 - 7:53 am

A lot of people hate wrapping presents, but I love it, too. I find it relaxing. I bet your gifts will be wrapped beautifully. Love Hobby Lobby!

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Anna @ Northern Homestead December 20, 2014 - 5:04 pm

This look beautiful! I wrapped gifts today too, now we are all done for Christmas, exciting! My way is to keep it very simple. Wrapping paper is just garbage at the end. As long as it protects the gift, and is colorful, it is good enough for me.

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LifeAsAConvert December 21, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Love the idea of getting one solid color. I tend to buy an eclectic mix of wrapping paper, but never like the way it all looks so random. I may try the butcher paper idea next year – all of the gifts this year are wrapped.

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Shirley Wood December 29, 2014 - 6:50 am

I’m like you, I love wrapping gifts really pretty with ribbons and bows and fancy name tags. This year I did none of that! I didn’t make a sinlge wrapped package look a bit fancier than the paper I used to wrap it. I know, it was pitiful. I don’t know what come over me.
I did use all blue themed paper to match my blue themed tree this year though. That is something, right?
Your gifts look very pretty !

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Alli December 29, 2014 - 11:01 am

Shirley, I know how busy we can be at this time of the year with all things Christmas and trying to manage that blog. 🙂 There have been many years that I barely had a bow on the wrapping paper. I didn’t even put up outside lights this year and didn’t get my fresh greenery wreath made and up until halfway through December. I never shared it or my tablescape on the blog. It’s all good. We had fun with our families and that’s all that matters in the end, right?

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Wende Anderson January 21, 2016 - 9:28 pm

Alli,
I love wrapping gifts. This year I was in a hurry and did not have gift tags yet when I wrapped presents for 3 kids, so I wrapped each child present in their favorite color and added the tags later. I mostly enjoy crisp creases on the edges and ribbons artfully done. I love the wide ribbon you used. I usually use satin ribbon instead of paper and often layer it. I think I will try the paper cutter as scissors are getting harder to use.
Thank you for your post.
Wende

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