Getting a beautifully wrapped Christmas present is a gift in itself! I love love love interesting paper and real ribbons and sweetly tied bows! I think it’s a very thoughtful gesture from the gift giver! Isn’t it fun to untie a bow and unwrap a gift. It really adds to the suspense and lets us savor getting a gift a little longer! Wrapping a magazine worthy Christmas gift is so much easier than you might think! All you need is the right tools, a little time and these 10 best Christmas gift wrapping tips!
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THROW AWAY THE BAGS
I know there are so many “bag friends” out there. But if you want to wrap a pretty gift you might want to get rid of the gift bags. Yes, they are convenient and yes they come in many pretty colors, shapes and motifs… BUT a wrapped box with incredible paper is so much nicer. It also costs less to wrap. So if you can, wrap your gifts.
This is just my opinion. If you can’t give up gift bags make them super pretty with lovely tissue and bows and embellishments!
PUT EVERYTHING IN A BOX
Many people don’t like to wrap gifts and I think I might know one reason why! It’s so darn hard to wrap those odd shape gifts. Here’s a great solution… put everything in a box. I save boxes all year. Best boxes are sturdy and can be used year after year. They are strong and are rectangles. Rectangles are the easiest boxes to wrap!
I can’t tell you how many years Christopher got a sweater in a Victoria’s Secret box! Those VS boxes are so sturdy! It’s sorta a fun part of our Christmas now. My family never knows what box they will find under all that glorious wrapping! We often all get a good laugh! But the gift was beautifully wrapped!
BUY COORDINATING GIFT WRAP
I like to coordinate my wrapping paper with my tree decor. Oh, it looks so pretty! Try it one year and you’ll be coordinating the gifts under your tree every year!
When my tree is decorated in neutrals, so are my gifts! This year my tree has lots of reds, greens, blacks and whites. So the gifts under the tree reflect those same colors! Lots of red! I love red!
There are so many fabulous gifts wraps out there! I like to choose a few gift wrap papers that look great together too! Shop for rolls of gift wrap with colors and design in mind!
And take it a step further and coordinate your ribbon too!
USE NON HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP
My favorite gift wrap is usually not one with a Christmas theme. This year I chose a black and white chevron paper… oh, it’s so sassy. I’m adding a big red bow to give it a Christmas feel!
- Caution: Choose good quality paper. Many times they are no more expensive than poor quality wrap. This year I got red gift wrap that was horrible!!!!! It was thin and tore easily. Look at the red box in the image above. Do you see the side of the gift. What a mess! I ditched the paper and got another roll of good quality red. So much better and much less frustrating!
- My favorite place to get gift wrap is Home Goods! Their gift wrap is amazing and cheap. A real winner!
USE REAL RIBBON
Great, real ribbon can be found online and in our local craft stores. And when they are on sale, they are a good buy. I use them and reuse them year after year! So, in the long run real ribbon is much more economical. I’ve trained everyone in our home to roll their ribbons up and put them in a bag after they open up a gift. My daughter Jacqueline is unofficially in charge of ribbon! Thanks, honey!
LEARN TO MAKE 3 GREAT BOWS
Learn to make great bows! They are so easy… and once mastered take very little time to make. So much better than slapping on one of those self stick bows that come in a bag! Give it a try. Even a neatly ties simple bow is a stunning way to embellish a gift!
Learn how to make at least 3 bow styles!
A pretty tied bow is perfect for a pretty Christmas package!
If you want to go a little fancier…Here are a few easy tutorials for making pretty bows…
This is exactly how I make my big bows.
Bows are not the only thing you can use to make a Christmas present look gorgeous! How about using other Christmas inspired embellishments? Try small wreaths, pinecones, ornaments, twine, greens and candy canes! How fun, right?
I made this fun jumble of little ornaments and jingle bells by stringing them on a thin silver wire and then fixing it on to the black and white ribbon.
SAVE RIBBON AND EMBELLISHMENTS
Keep accumulating real ribbon and non perishable embellishments and use them from year to year. I find so many fun and different ways to use what I have in my ribbon stash! Keep everything in a large clear container. So easy to find and see what you have!
WRAP AS YOU BUY
If you wait to wrap your Christmas gifts at the last minute you won’t have the time, energy or desire to make them something special. Wrap as you buy! Or at least have a couple of gift wrapping days on your Christmas calendar.
MAKE A GIFT WRAPPING STATION
I’ve saved the best for last! I call this THE SECOND BEST CHRISTMAS TIP YOU WILL EVER GET! Create a GIFT WRAPPING STATION! It’s nothing fancy at all but it holds all the gift wrapping elements I need to wrap a beautiful gift! I have a table set up in our upstairs sitting room all Christmas season, so I can wrap a gift or two when I get them or have a free minute.
You can see how I created my gift wrapping station (and some pretty gift wraps from years past) HERE.
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