Knowing how to wrap Christmas presents isn’t something that everyone knows how to do well.
If you find yourself all fingers and thumbs when it comes to wrapping Christmas gifts for your loved ones, then I’ve got a few useful tips for you.
How to Wrap Christmas Presents
Look, I understand how frustrating it is when it comes to gift wrapping.
The stores make it look easy don’t they? With their perfectly wrapped packages neatly tucked under the store Christmas tree. So why do the presents you wrap look like they were wrapped by a deformed octopus wearing oven mitts?
You may even find yourself getting so infuriated with your pile of gifts that you just end up shoving each one into a gift a bag and sticking a bow on it.
Is there an easier way to get around this gift wrapping thing? Yep, you’d better believe it!
While I outline 6 top tips below, I also want to share this YouTube video I found for you. This gal makes it look super easy , so between us we’ll get you wrapping like a pro.
Take a deep breath! Wrapping gifts should be fun, not a chore.
Tip #2: Sort Your Workstation Out
Get everything you need for wrapping together in one localized place; wrapping paper, sticky tape/glue, scissors etc.
A small coffee table is the perfect height for gift wrapping, so make sure you clear off the magazine and create a solid workstation.
Never, ever wrap a gift on your bed or on the sofa. Yes, I know it’s cosy and even I get tempted to wrap presents while all snuggled up on the sofa, but it’s really not a good idea.
Not only can you nick the bed linens or sofa with the scissors, but because of the give in the mattress or sofa cushion, you’ll end up with crinkles or lumps in the wrapping paper. Never a good look.
Tip #3: Get it Boxed Up
Make sure you get boxes for the gifts that will fit into boxes.
If you have an oddly shaped large gift, you can often find oversized boxes at moving companies, so try to grab a couple of these if you can.
The thing with putting your gift into a box before wrapping it, means that you have a flat, even surface to work with.
It also makes it harder for sneaky gift recipients to play the ‘feel it and guess what it is’ game. Meh, let them wait until Christmas Day to find out what their gifts are.
Don’t assume that just because you have an oddly shaped gift that it can’t be wrapped well or that you won’t be able to find a box to put it in.
Even if your gift is a batch of homemade cookies, you’ll always be able to find special boxes or tins which are suitable for food items.
Tip #4: Measure it All Out
Don’t play guessing games with the amount of wrapping paper you need for the gift.
Be sure to measure the height and width of the present with a ruler or measuring tape first. Then cut off that much wrapping paper making sure to leave a little excess to make the corners all nice and smooth.
Tip #5: Let the Wrapping Begin!
Place the gift in the center of the wrapping paper.
Carefully pull up one side of the wrapping paper and using a small piece of tape, secure it to the gift.
Next pull up the other side of the paper so that it overlaps the first side by about an inch and secure it with tape.
Now that you have your gift covered it’s time to fold the sides.
While holding the box in place, fold the sides of the paper against the corners to create a flap. You’ll want to make sure you really create a nice crease against the box.
This will create a neat flap of paper which you can then fold over and secure in place with tape.
Do the same with the second side, taking care to pull the paper taut.
And you’re done… almost!
Note, if you don’t like tape showing, you can always use double sided tape or a heavy duty glue stick to lock the paper place. Just don’t get the glue on the present itself.
Tip #6: Add the Trimmings
Next, it’s time to add those special final touches.
Now if you created a center seam while wrapping your gift (I like wrapping presents with a center seam, depending on the pattern of the wrapping paper I use), you can cover that seam by adding a strip of Christmas ribbon… even ordinary fabric ribbon will do.
You can also add a store bought bow or one you created yourself and a gift tag.
And now you’re done!
So now you know how to wrap Christmas presents so they look pretty. Just remember that practice makes perfect and in next to no time you’ll be wrapping all of your gifts like a boss.
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