Now that Christmas is just over a week away, I hope you have finished your Christmas shopping and are ready to get your gifts wrapped and under your tree. If so, you’ve come to the right place. Today I’m going to give you some tips to help you made your gift wonderful not only on the inside, but on the outside, too!
You see, gift wrapping is one of my favorite parts of gift giving. I enjoy making each gift look unique and special because I like for people to know I took time and thought into wrapping their gift. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I’m crunched for time and I have to throw something in a gift bag, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But while others despise this part gift giving, I enjoy it so much I thought I’d share the love and let you know some of my secrets to help you this holiday season. These tips are not just for Christmas, but you can use them throughout the year for other occasions, too.
Here is my trick to tying an easy but beautiful bow. I cut my ribbon extra long so I can tie a double bow. Tie a normal bow, then use the extra long ends to tie an additional bow. Now you have 4 loops to arrange into a perfect, fuller bow on your gift.
Add floral stems or ornaments. I stock up on these when craft stores have them on sale at Thanksgiving sales, or After-Christmas sales. Just tuck the floral stem into your bow or attach an ornament to make a great gift topper.
Layer your ribbon. You can see how I did this in the picture above. Use a wide ribbon with a more narrow ribbon on top to add extra color and interest to your gift.
Have something round or cylinder shaped? Use wrapping paper and ribbon to make it look like a piece of candy. I saw someone do this with a basketball recently, and it looked awesome!
I like to use different wrapping paper for each family member. I try to use colors/themes they like. For example, I use pink for my mom, chevrons for my sister (she loves them), Santa/snowmen for kids, and I use more masculine colors (green or blue) for my nephew and dad. Not only does it look nice to have different colored packages under your tree, but if a tag gets lost you will remember whose gift it is because of the wrapping paper used!
Ribbon is your friend, so use it freely. I don’t worry so much about my tape showing or the paper not lying totally flat, because no one notices imperfections like that when there’s a big, shiny bow to look at!
Use ribbon to attach gifts together. I usually wrap my gifts all in one box, but if it doesn’t work, I join them together with ribbon like I did in the picture above.
Run out of paper? Don’t fear! You can use craft paper or newspaper to wrap a gift. If a gift is small, even a torn book page out of a large book will work. Again, use your imagination!
Stock up on wrapping paper! I love Hallmark paper, and they usually have great sales before/after Christmas. I try to hit the Target after Christmas sales, too. You can also find nice wrapping paper at thrift stores throughout the year, so be on the lookout outside the holiday season. Also, wrapping paper like the chevrons in my pictures can be used for birthdays also, so I like to buy some wrapping paper to have on hand that can be versatile for other occasions.
Don’t these colorful gifts look great under the tree? Don’t forget that beautiful, colorful packages serve as holiday decorations, too!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this Holiday Gift Wrapping Guide. Oh, I almost forgot my biggest gift wrapping tip…
Have fun! Put on some Christmas music and sing along to get you in the holiday spirit. Remember your gift doesn’t have to be perfect, just wrapped with love. Pretty packages are nice, but the true meaning of Christmas is what really matters. Use this time to remember the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ.
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Stella Lee (@Purfylle) says
I love your ideas on wrapping, when I have time I really enjoy it too. I go a bit crazy with the curling ribbon because I have about a lifetimes supply.
Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife says
These are wonderful ideas!! TFS!!! I have been wanting to get more creative with my wrapping. I am stopping by from Inspiration Spotlight’s linky party and now a follower. Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.de/2014/12/small-snug-little-snowmen.html
Christie Selken says
Thanks so much! I’m glad you like my ideas. I’m headed over to your blog right now to see what you’ve been up to. Thanks for following!
Carole j correll says
Wonderful and inspiring!
Lou Lou Girls says
This is fabulous! I love it. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party! I hope you stop by on Monday at 7 pm. We love to party with you. Merry Christmas! Lou Lou Girls
They turned out so cute! I love taking the time to wrap presents! It is very fun and you can be so creative with it! Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday 🙂 Cant wait to have you cohosting next week!!
Christie Selken says
Yes, I love wrapping presents. You can tell by my countless rolls of wrapping paper! Can’t wait to co-host the party this week!
Tiffany (@TiffanyDownLane) says
Hi, Christie ~ Great tips and your packages look so beautiful! Thank you SO much for sharing with us at the Merry Blogmas Link Party! We’ll see you Saturday. :0)