Easy gift wrapping tips

Have you ever received a present so beautifully wrapped that you didn’t want to open it? It’s a wonderful feeling to know that as much attention was given to the wrapping as it was to the gift itself. That’s why I thought I’d share some easy gift wrapping tips to kick off the busy holiday wrap season.  

Gift wrapping

Although the bulk of gift wrapping activities take place during the holidays, there are many occasions throughout the year where gift wrapping skills come in handy. If you don’t have the gift wrapping gene, don’t worry, we have you covered. Let’s get started with these easy tips from the pros that will make your life easier any time you need to wrap something up.

In the video below, learn how to perfectly wrap a box the easy way. Fast forward to 45 seconds to view the most important info such as:

  • Using the right amount of paper – using too much of it makes presents look bulky.
  • Making neat folds – it gives the ends a crisp tailored look.
  • Using double-sided tape – hiding the tape puts the focus on the paper versus on how much tape is used.

In my opinion, a gift is not complete without a pretty bow to steal the show. Lia Griffith demonstrates “How to tie a perfect bow” so well that you’ll want to reach for ribbon to practice your newly acquired bow tying skills.

I love beautifully wrapped gifts, so I’m always on the look out for unique ways to make gifts special. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy these 24 creative gift wrapping ideas and name tags by Real Simple. They’re truly real simple, fun and budget friendly too.

Wrapping presents

Just in case you need more wrapping tips or advice, here’s how I keep my wrapping sessions relatively stress-free during the crazy holiday season:

  • Stock up on gift wrapping supplies, and keep them handy and all in the same place. It’ll speed things up when you’re ready to wrap. Before you buy, shop your house first to see what you already have, and fill in as you need. If you find supplies on sale, don’t be afraid to load up – there’s no expiry date on tape or ribbon!
  • Don’t wail until the last minute to wrap. I’ve done that many times (my girls could tell you). It takes all the fun out of gift wrapping, and you end up with gifts looking like they were wrapped by a four-year-old.
  • Set aside blocks of time over a few days or weeks to get most of your wrapping done. Or, wrap presents as you buy them if it works for you. I tried that strategy but it wasn’t right for me.
  • Put on some Christmas music, make yourself a nice cup of coffee/tea or pour yourself a generous glass of wine (like I do) and get wrapping. It’ll instantly put you in a wrapping mood and you’ll get things done quickly and beautifully.
  • Finally, here’s a piece of gift wrapping advice I wish I could have given my mom when we were growing up. Assign each family member a gift color, or a specific patterned paper to keep a large family organized. You see, we’re 9 kids in my family, so imagine how chaotic finding a gift for each child under the Christmas tree was! This picture represents quite well the number of gifts we’d find under our tree.

Wrapping paper
For my gift wrapping this year, I’ve chosen polka dot paper of different colours. I find the look fun, quirky and stylish at the same time.

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If you’re on the hunt for more great perfectly wrapped presents that wow, head to our holiday Pinterest board where you’ll find lots of creative and colorful wrapping ideas.

Do you have any gift wrapping tips or advice you’d like to share? 

That’s a wrap for me!

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Liette Tousignant
Co-Founder of Under The Roof Decorating

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