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12 Tricks & Tips for Gift Wrapping at Christmas


Tomorrow is the 3rd annual Wrapping Day with my friends. We’ll wrap gifts, share cocktails, watch our favorite Christmas movies, and enjoy a fun day together in the midst of a chaotic holiday season. In the end, we’ll have the majority of our gifts wrapped — away from prying eyes — and ready for the big day.

It’s partly an excuse to have a holiday party, but it’s effective. We’ll pitch in supplies, offer a 3rd hand when necessary, and help one another get the job done. I’ll get home tomorrow night with neatly wrapped gifts the girls can’t wait to put under the tree.

Here are a few more tricks and tips for wrapping Christmas presents:

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  • Portable Supplies 1 of 12
    Portable Supplies
    Make wrapping easier by keeping your supplies portable. You can wrap gifts on the fly or move from room to room away from prying eyes.
    Read more at Yahoo
  • Wrapping Large Gifts 2 of 12
    Wrapping Large Gifts
    This is one of the most brilliant wrapping ideas I've heard — use a disposable tablecloth to cover awkward or bulky gifts.
    Read more at To Bake or Not to Bake
  • Color Coded Packages 3 of 12
    Color Coded Packages
    Here at home, each girl gets their own wrapping paper to make Christmas morning simple. We even take it a step further and wrap each set of gifts for travel in matching paper. When it's time to go to my parents' house, it's easy to grab only the gifts we need!
    Read more at Martha Stewart
  • Ribbon Roll 4 of 12
    Ribbon Roll
    Keep your decorative ribbons under control on a pants hanger. This is perfect to hang in the closet with the rest of our wrapping and gifts.
    Read more at Creating Keepsakes
  • Saving Gift Wrap 5 of 12
    Saving Gift Wrap
    Stop wrapping paper from unrolling with a toilet paper tube. Better yet — use the empty tube from the last roll of wrapping paper!
    Read more at In This Crazy Life
  • Pre-Wrapping 6 of 12
    Pre-Wrapping
    I'm not quite finished Christmas shopping yet, so I love the idea of pre-wrapping boxes for the last few items. Once they're purchased, I can just tuck it the box, and we'll be ready for Christmas!
    Read more at Sweet Water Style
  • Two-Toned Gifts 7 of 12
    Two-Toned Gifts
    Here's a great tip for wrapping gifts in two different papers. It's a great solution for large gifts or for those last bits of wrapping paper.
    Read more at One Charming Party
  • Gift Wrap Caddy 8 of 12
    Gift Wrap Caddy
    Use a shower caddy to store gift wrapping supplies for easy access all year long.
    Read more at Better Homes & Gardens
  • Gift Wrap Center 9 of 12
    Gift Wrap Center
    Better yet — create a gift center in a closet or out of the way corner. This simple DIY uses dowel rods to keep everything in its place.
    Read more at Centsational Girl
  • Funneling Ribbons 10 of 12
    Funneling Ribbons
    Funnels can store your curling ribbon to keep them from getting tangled between wrapping sessions.
    Read more at Martha Stewart
  • Ribbon Basket 11 of 12
    Ribbon Basket
    Add dowel rods to a basket and thread your ribbons through for easy access. It's another great way to keep your ribbons from getting tangled.
    Read more at Curbly
  • Skip the Ribbon 12 of 12
    Skip the Ribbon
    Or, skip the ribbon altogether! Decorative duct tape or washi tape can create a fun, ribbon-like look while leaving your packages nicely flat for mailing or travel.
    Buy it at CuteTape.com

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