We all know that the holidays are fast approaching, and that means it is time to start thinking about what gifts to buy for friends, family members, coworkers, and loved ones. And if you’re buying presents, that means you’ll be wrapping presents as well.
We all know wrapping a present can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. Today I’m sharing some unique ideas to help you wrap the perfect present!
10 Tips and Ideas for Wrapping Your Christmas Presents
Get Organized for Wrapping Presents
#1 Set up a wrapping station.
When it comes to wrapping Christmas presents, setting up a wrapping station in a room of your house is a fantastic way to simplify the process. All you really need to do is set up a folding table in an out-of-the-way place in your house and gather your wrapping supplies.
This way, you can wrap presents as you have time without making a mess on the dining room table or living room floor that must be cleaned up every single time you need to take a break.
When setting up your wrapping station be sure to include everything you need:
- scotch tape
- pens and markers
- gift tags
- ribbons and bows
- boxes and gift bags
- wrapping paper
- tissue paper
- trash can
You might want to have a couple sets of scissors and tape in case you have a helper join the process!
You can put your wrapping paper rolls in a plastic bin made just for this purpose. This bin helps organize your wrapping paper while also keeping the rolls organized and easy to access.
#2 Don’t try to do it all at once.
If you have a lot of gifts to wrap like me (I have a very large family) wrapping all of the presents at once can feel overwhelming. It’s really better to break up the wrapping over several sessions.
By setting up a wrapping station, you can wrap a present or two and then take a break and come back later with no extra hassle.
Remember to take care of out-of-town gifts first so you can get them in the mail as soon as possible!
Wrap larger gifts first and then you can use your leftover pieces of wrapping paper for the smaller gifts. And, remember, gift bags are always a simple alternative to wrapping paper. Plus, they are the perfect solution for gifts that don’t come with a box.
Of course, sometimes it makes sense to buy a package of gift boxes you can wrap with paper – these can be really special!
#3 Add bows and tags last.
To make the process easier and also to make stacking wrapped packages easier – add your bows last and tags last. Just write the gift recipient’s initials or name in small letters on the gift itself. Then, when you’re ready you can add some beautiful bows, ribbons, and nice gift tags.
When you stack each recipients gifts together, you can quickly count how many gift tags you need for each person and fill out the tags all at the same time.
You can even choose a different design/ roll of wrapping paper for each person if you want to “code” the presents so that you don’t mix up the pre-wrapper presents!
#4 Ask for help.
As my kids got older, I would often ask for their help in wrapping presents for other family members and friends. It’s such a huge help!
You could even work assembly line style and have one person wrap, another person add bows and ribbons and other person add the gift tags!
#5 Have fun!
If you have a mindset that wrapping presents is fun and something to look forward to, you’ll enjoy the process of wrapping presents a whole lot more than if you dread it.
You can make your wrapping sessions even more fun by putting on some Christmas music, eating Christmas cookies, and drinking a holiday drink like eggnog, hot chocolate, or spiced apple cider.
#6 Wrap in private.
If your kids are still pretty young, you may find it easier to wrap presents while they are gone. Choose a time when they are in school, visiting a friend, or when your husband or grandparents are looking after them.
If you don’t have a time when they aren’t home, you can wrap presents after they go to bed – this is what I did for years!
Another alternative that could be helpful would be to trade wrapping sessions with a friend. You can watch her kids while she wraps presents and she can watch your kids while you wrap!
Creative Wrapping ideas
#1 Newspaper Comic Section
I don’t see this nearly as often anymore, but using the comic section of the newspaper is a great way to recycle and save money. The comics make a fun and unique way to wrap presents for those you love – especially if your family member or friend has a favorite comic strip!
Kids and adults love comic strips and you’ll probably find you all read the comics before tearing into the gifts!
#2 Homemade Christmas wrapping paper.
Making your own homemade Christmas wrapping paper can be so much fun and add a special, unique touch to each gift you wrap. You can use brown paper from recycled grocery bags and even use stamps and ink to decorate the paper.
Another idea is to use your stash of craft supplies to decorate your homemade Christmas wrapping paper. Each bag or present can be personalized for the gift recipient making the present even more special! This is also a great idea for kids who want to help wrap presents or give special presents to their loved ones. Let your child draw on the brown paper, glue pictures, or use stickers, ink, or natural elements to decorate the present.
Grandparents would especially love receiving a gift that’s been wrapped and decorated by a grandchild!
#3 Save Your Old Christmas Paper
Don’t throw away your leftover wrapping paper. You can save unused rolls or leftover cuts of paper from year to year to save money.
#4 Wrap presents with old shirts.
You can reuse and recycle old shirts or sweaters to use a gift wrap for your Christmas presents. Sentimental pieces of clothing can make a very special gift wrap.
For instance, your children may treasure receiving a gift wrapper in their grand father’s flannel shirt! If the clothing you use to wrap a gift with has sentimental value, it will make the gift even more special!
Remember, Christmas is really all about enjoying time spent with family and friends and remembering the reason for the season! Wrapping Christmas presents should be fun.
Wrapping gifts can also get expensive, so remember, you don’t have to have expensive paper or gift bags to give a meaningful gift. Personal touches you add to your wrapper Christmas presents will make your friends and family smile and doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.
If you’ve been looking for creative ways to wrap Christmas gifts, we hope these ideas have inspired you. Whether it’s a gift certificate or something more personal, don’t forget the little details that will make all the difference in giving your loved ones an unforgettable present this holiday season!
And you will transform the task of wrapping Christmas presents into an enjoyable experience by being organized, working efficiently, recruiting help, and maintaining a pleasant Christmas spirit.
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