13 Best Holiday Gift-Wrapping Tips


  • Gabrielle Blair | Don’t like to wrap? Grab a gift bag! 1 of 13
    Gabrielle Blair | Don't like to wrap? Grab a gift bag!
    I’m a huge fan of a well-wrapped gift, but sometimes, it’s hard to make it happen. Enter these catch-all gift bags from Perideau Designs. A set of 12 is $24. And they come personalized with your name. Or you could order some that say “From Santa” to help with that Christmas Eve late night wrapping rush.
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  • Anne Sage | Use printed cotton from the fabric store. 2 of 13
    Anne Sage | Use printed cotton from the fabric store.
    Instead of wrapping with paper, stock up on inexpensive printed cotton from the fabric store. You can get huge pieces of it for 99 cents if you watch for sales. Then use double-sided tape or a hot glue gun to wrap gifts in the fabric. After the hoopla is done, you'll be left with reusable material that's great for crafts or the next time you need to wrap a present!
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  • Elina Furman | Try some tinsel tape. 3 of 13
    Elina Furman | Try some tinsel tape.
    I love this tinsel tape. I hate wrapping gifts and this gives a nice holiday touch to even the most mangled wrapping jobs like mine.
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  • Paula Bernstein | Forget wrapping paper entirely! 4 of 13
    Paula Bernstein | Forget wrapping paper entirely!
    We use old subway maps to wrap our gifts, but any old map will do!
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  • Jordan Ferney | Ribbon, ribbon, and more ribbon! 5 of 13
    Jordan Ferney | Ribbon, ribbon, and more ribbon!
    I love lots and lots of ribbon. My favorite source for cheap ribbon is the double face satin from Paper Mart.
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  • Rachel Faucett | Find a wrapping paper you love – and stick with it! 6 of 13
    Rachel Faucett | Find a wrapping paper you love - and stick with it!

    I will be using INK+WIT wrapping paper for every one of my presents this year. Tara Hogan has designed some of the best paper I have ever seen!
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  • Liz Stanley | Mix textures when wrapping gifts. 7 of 13
    Liz Stanley | Mix textures when wrapping gifts.
    I love the idea of wrapping with multiple layers of contrasting textures, like this string and lace here. The creative tags are a nice finishing touch, too.
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  • Michelle Horton | When in doubt, use decorative tape. 8 of 13
    Michelle Horton | When in doubt, use decorative tape.
    While I do love to occasionally break out the wrapping paper, oversized ribbon and double-sided tape, there simply isn't always time. My favorite go-to gift wrapping technique is decorative tape, like the variety of patterns from TapeSwell. All you need is a roll of tape and plain paper: easy, fool-proof and inexpensive!
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  • Stephanie Brubaker | Brown paper packages tied up with string… 9 of 13
    Stephanie Brubaker | Brown paper packages tied up with string...

    I love to keep things simple for the holidays with simple, Kraft brown paper and baker's twine. There is something charming about gifting a brown paper package tied up with string!
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  • Sunny Chanel | Hand your child a pen + paper! 10 of 13
    Sunny Chanel | Hand your child a pen + paper!
    One of our daughter's favorite things to do is to take pen, pencil and paint to paper. Needless to say we end up with a lot of masterpieces. We buy the paper rolls from IKEA, stock her art easel with it and save each completed roll to use for wrapping paper. To finish it off, we add a bit of natural-hued raffia as a bow. The family loves it!
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  • Rachelle Wilde | Don’t throw out leftover fabric! 11 of 13
    Rachelle Wilde | Don't throw out leftover fabric!
    I have quite a bit of fabric, so I like to wrap presents in leftover fabric that I may have! Just use clear packaging tape to secure it though. The presents turn out so cute and make for quite a conversation piece!
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  • Laura Mayes | Help your kids make their ownwrapping paper. 12 of 13
    Laura Mayes | Help your kids make their ownwrapping paper.

    I use this tip from Better Homes & Gardens: Photocopy or scan and print multiple copies of your kids’ drawings, altering the size if needed. Or cut drawings apart and arrange them so they fit the box top, then tape the drawings to a sheet of paper and make a photocopy. Wrap the box with the paper. Tie the box with a simple narrow ribbon. Family and friends loved the "Harry-made" wrap. It became part of the gift.
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  • Gabrielle Blair | Never underestimate the power of double-sided tape. 13 of 13
    Gabrielle Blair | Never underestimate the power of double-sided tape.

    I buy it as often as I buy regular tape. It makes everything a sticker!
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