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Wrapping Christmas Gifts

Updated on September 5, 2011
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Wrapping Christmas gifts use up valuable time around the holidays. It takes time to wrap your package and add unique embellishments to make it as beautiful as possible. If you are like many people you probably just get the paper on as fast as possible and then use a premade, self stick bow to finish it. You may admire the beautifully wrapped gifts you see in magazines but real life often gets in the way.

With a little pre-planning you can create those beautiful packages yourself; without stressing out and without hiring someone else to do it. For the best results you will want to start as early in the year as possible. Don't wait until the last minute.


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Gift Wrapping Supplies

If you keep your gift wrapping supplies on hand you can easily wrap gifts as you get them. This is helpful if you have a lot of Christmas gifts to buy. Just schedule a few every month and wrap as you bring them in the house.

Wrapping Paper

One of the most important supplies needed for wrapping Christmas gifts is the paper.  Rather than buying holiday themes try to get neutral paper that can be used for more than one occasion. For example, you can use solid red or red and white striped paper for both Christmas and Valentine's Day. It works well for birthdays, too.

Spend a little extra and get a good quality paper that won't rip when you go to wrap a box. This will save both time and money. Best of all, your frustration level will stay much lower.

Keep the wrapping paper in a plastic, resalable storage bin. This keeps it clean and neat and you always know where the paper is.

Gift Tags

Gift tags can add quite a lot of individuality to your packages. You can buy premade tags or create your own.

To create your own use some heavy cardstock or begin with tags from an office supply. Punch a hole in the top if there isn't one and thread a piece of ribbon through it. You can cut the edges with specialty scissors that have scalloped or shaped edges.  Use a variety of scraps, stamps, buttons, or other items to embellish the tag and make it your own.

You can also cut a part of the design from last year's Christmas cards and use these as artistic gift tags. Embellish by brushing on glue and embellishing with silver glitter if you like.

Tape and Scissors

You will need both tape and scissors if you are going to wrap gifts. The scissors should be sharp and kept for use with gift wrapping. Double sided tape is very helpful – you can create gift wraps that are nearly seamless.


There are lots of ways to add ribbon to your packages. You can create bows with wire edged ribbon or tie raffia around the package for a more casual look.

Glitter wire is a relatively new embellishment. It is often found in the ribbon section and consists of write that has small, glittery cut outs attaché. These can be anything but starts are certainly very appropriate for Christmas.


You can add a special touch to your package by using a variety of embellishments from around your home or from the local hobby store.

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Wrapping Christmas Gifts Step by Step

You can easily wrap beautiful gifts with these steps.

  1. Gather the materials in a clean area with a large, flat work surface.
  2. Remove the price tag from the gift.
  3. Unroll the paper and place the box on it. Unroll enough paper to cover the box and overlap by about an inch or two.
  4. Before cutting check to make sure there is enough paper to cover the ends completely.
  5. Cut the paper in a straight line.
  6. Bring one edge up over the box and tape it down.
  7. Bring the other edge over the box and pull taut. Tape the edge down.
  8. Turn the box so one of the open edges is toward you. With the right and left edges in your hand push the sides to the center and tape down.
  9. Fold the upper flap down smoothly against the box. Tape it down firmly.
  10. Bring the lower flap up to cover and tape firmly.
  11. Repeat with the other side.
  12. Turn box with the seam side down and add ribbon and embellishments.

Where to Buy Unique Gift Wrap

Sometimes it is hard to find unusual gift wrap at the local store. Here are some resources on the Internet that may have something that appeals to you.

Paper Source 

Kate's Paperie 

Touch of Europe 

Paper Mojo 

Be sure to plan ahead enough that you have a little time to spend on each package. If you will be putting the gift in storage you may want to wait and put the bow on right before putting it under the tree so that it doesn't get smashed or misshapen.

If you don't want to tag the gifts but would prefer to keep them anonymous until the big day just take a pen and make a small symbol for each recipient. Put the symbol on the bottom of the package so that only you will know who gets that particular gift.


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    • Brinafr3sh profile image

      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      I enjoy wrapping Christmas gifts, my daughter made Christmas gift bags out of thick wrapping paper last year.

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      susannah42 6 years ago from Florida

      It's great when when you are inspired to do a great job on wrapping. I think the wrapping is as important as the gift itself.

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      Farooq1 6 years ago

      simple yet effective hub, nice!

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      tina.wong 6 years ago from Vancouver, BC

      everyone needs wrapping tips

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Good ideas. I am always glad to know different and creative ways to wrap gifts.

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      Kitty Lambert 6 years ago from Durrington

      awesome xoxo =)

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      Noetown 6 years ago from Kentucky

      Very Useful information, you may have just saved me from a wrapping dilemma :) Thanks, and keep up the good work :)

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      gubbi 6 years ago

      I use bags for my Christmas Gifts ;)

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      agaglia 6 years ago

      nice article on gift wrapping. It was informative.

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      SUSIE405 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Good ideas. I am not enjoying wrapping anymore, even though I used to love it. It's gotten old.

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      Gajidu 6 years ago

      Best blog for me. Im running around and looking how to wrap a gift. thanks for this blog

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      kevrock529 6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. Doing it yourself is definitely worth it and saves money over paying for your gifts to be wrapped.

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      Xishan Ansari 6 years ago from Pakistan

      Thankx Marye Audet really nice information and nice hub

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      JohnSerthy 6 years ago

      Wow, a lot of wonderful ideas! Thanks a lot!

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      Lisa 6 years ago

      I love your tips :)

      I'd also like to give a tip to make Christmas shopping easier. Use one of those handy online (and preferable universal) wish list services, to share and collect gift ideas. I personally like the one at

      It has great design and is not overlessed with ads like most of the others out there.

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      Katy Mason 6 years ago from Tuscaloosa, AL

      Great article with some intresting ideas. I have saved paper and bows before, but never tried the embellishments and home-made tags. This is something I may do this year to add some flare to my gifts. Thanks!!

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      Jeff_McRitchie 6 years ago

      This a terrific Hub and the gift-wrapping directions couldn't be clearer. Thanks for posting this!

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      lender3212000 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      I absolutely LOVE wrapping Christmas gifts! It may just be one of my favorite holiday activities. I think the presentation is an expression of your personality and is just as important as what's inside. Great hub!

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      GlstngRosePetals 6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      I like your hub especially the fact of reusing the wrapping paper it definetly saves money especially since wrapping paper cost so much for the good stuff. Normally after the gifts are unwrapped I usually burn the paper in my fireplace. Thanks next year I'm going to try your advice.

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      GALAXY 59 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very helpful hub. I love wrapping presents and this has given me some great idea's for some different ways of doing it.

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      PSG 6 years ago from San Gerardo, Costa Rica

      Thank you very much. I need these instructions. Every year I embarrass myself with shabby wrapping.

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      jeremysharon 6 years ago

      Its a really useful idea. I like your hub so much.

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      Silver Poet 7 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      I often forget the embellishments. Good hub. :)

    • profile image 7 years ago

      wrapping gifts is one of the most creative thing that I can do for Christmas. What I mean is all I do is buy gifts and of course wrapping it nicely will need so much effort from me.

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      Dazzling Image 7 years ago

      Thanks for those gift wrapping tips. I enjoy the wrapping process as I love playing around with ribbons and fanciful wrapping papers. For those who find wrapping challenging, they can get the help of retailers. Many provide free wrapping services if you purchase from them.

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      Rik Rodriguez 7 years ago from Hawaii

      I don't mind the wrapping so much. Its the shopping that I can live without!

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      As much as I love shopping for Christmas gifts, I hate wrapping them. Nonetheless - I give this big thumbs up. Do you hire out? ;-)

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      Marye Audet 7 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      Glad you liked it

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      Marye Audet 7 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      Glad you liked it

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      shygirl2 7 years ago

      I love to wrap gifts, or use gift bags. Isn't Christmas exciting? Who doesn't love the array of colored gifts below the tree. I enjoyed this very much...great tips and helpful hints. Thanks! Gives one new ideas.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great tips and ideas. Great make your own gift tag tips.

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      Alison Graham 7 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the tips and ideas, I have been recycling Christmas cards as gift tags in the way that you suggest for many years and saving bows I get on other gifts to re-use. I try to produce a really pretty present. I read that the British Royal Family have competitions to see who can produce the most beautifully wrapped present and it is always lovely to receive a gift that someone has taken a lot of trouble to wrap prettily.

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      Marye Audet 7 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      SOme people are better at it than others but nearly everyone can learn with a few tips. :)

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Wrapping presents is not one of my skills. It is an art. Thanks for the information...

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      kimballtrombone 7 years ago

      Thanks for the helpful ideas. My wife always laughs at my bad wrapping jobs!