I know, you must think I’m going a little crazy! That fact aside, this really is a post about CHRISTMAS! I’ll tell you all the crazy details in just a minute. But first, you should know something about me. I am one of those rare people that love love love to wrap Christmas gifts! Or, at least I love the idea of it! Beautifully wrapped gifts under a Christmas tree is just about the prettiest thing I can think of! So, today I’m going to show you a VERY EASY, ALMOST STRESS-LESS way to get all those Christmas gifts wrapped beautifully and not at the last minute!!!! Sound like something you might want to do? I thought so…
I’m so excited to be a part of…
Every Friday right through Black Friday 5 wonderful bloggers and I will share ideas to get you organized, inspired, and ready for Christmas! Lots of projects too! What a great group!
So that’s why I’m sharing an EASY CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAP STATION! Hopefully you are not running out Christmas Eve to buy all your gifts..and if you are… sorry, I have no tips to help you dear thing! We may not be buying gifts on Christmas Eve but many of us wait till the last minute to wrap them… often leaving us stressed while time runs out! Here’s a way to wrap-as-you-buy while staying organized and not having your house look like Santa’s sleigh blew up in it!
I started doing this years ago and have gotten my gift wrap station down to a science! For the last several years Bobby has even helped (and no, not willingly but under a little duress and a good strong cocktail).
Here is my organizing secret…
I know it does look like a four drawer cart… because it is! And I know that it is lopsided and quite ugly. It gets lots of wear! And I know that they sticker is still on the front after all those years and a bag is hanging off the side! I didn’t say this way going to be a pretty post. I said the results of this post would be pretty!
My secret weapon against last-minute Christmas gift wrapping is inside this rolling cart. I would love to tell you that is where I keep my magical gift wrapping elves. Sadly, not so!
But everything I need to wrap a beautiful gift lies inside, except for the gift wrap which will will talk about later!
Let’s peek inside.
The first drawer…
This drawer is my go-to drawer! It holds:
- gift tags and sticky dots to adhere tags to gifts
- pens, colored pens, and 5 x 7 cards for writing notes
- a heavy weight tape dispenser
- scissors in 2 sizes, paper cutter, tape refills, crafter’s tape, and an small Exacto knife
- a length of white string about 50 inches long (I wrap the string around the gift I am going to wrap and use the string to then measure the gift wrap… no mistakes!)
The second drawer:
Now here’s where I can get a little over-the-top and go from making an easy way to wrap pretty gifts to a full blow ribbon extravaganza! I limit myself to just a few ribbons! This year I am going pretty classic so my wired ribbon (real ribbon) is red, green and gold! I also like to have on hand
- craft ribbon for curling
- thin ribbon to hold the bows together (pipe cleaners work great too)
- burlap and twine
- Washi tape. The black and white was from last year. This year I’m looking for a green plaid. Men’s gifts look awesome with a couple bands of Washi tape wrapped around them!
Here’s some books I wrapped for a book club centerpiece… just to give you an idea of what great thing you can do with Washi tape!
The only thing I have in this drawer is tissue paper. It can get wrinkled and crumpled so easily that it gets it’s own drawer!
And here’s what’s in the last drawer:
Again, keeping it simple…
- brown bags (I am not a gift bag girl… but I keep a couple small ones on hand just in case I would ever need them
- cellophane bags (LOVE these)
- crinkle paper for cello bags
One more thing goes in the bottom of this drawer (show on top)
ALL receipts from Christmas go in this file.
I keep a small tall trash can with 3 giant rolls of gift wrap, a roll of brown paper and a roll of cellophane. Easy to grab and put back!
Here are a few tips that might help you during the Christmas gift wrap season!
- Wrap gifts soon after you get them. Better to do in little chunks than a huge pile Christmas Eve!
- Put everything in a box! Boxes are so much easier to wrap than odd sized things! I collect boxes, break them down and put them in a convenient closet.
- When buying things at a store, ASK FOR BOXES all year long! Save them for Christmas. It does not matter that your son gets a flannel shirt in a Victoria Secrets box!
- Make sure to secure a gift tag on a box! I use sticky dots… they stay!
- To make gifts extra special tuck a few twigs of evergreen or a candy cane under the ribbon right before you put it under the tree!
The bag on the side of the cart is for trash. When it gets half filled I throw it away and replace it.
Were you wondering about the BEST Christmas decorating tip you will ever get? Click HERE! This really is THE BEST!
Make sure you check out these other crazy and creative bloggers participating in COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS!
You might want to pin this to your CHRISTMAS or HOLIDAY Pinterest board. You can follow me HERE and see what I’m pinning!