So, firstly... I finally shared a Blogmas post - yay! It turns out I'm not very good at Blogmas but it's my first year so I've decided to use this year as a practise for 2018! I didn't know what to write about AT ALL, until i started my Christmas wrapping last week (yes i know it's early, but it's my favourite part of the season!) and seeing how much my family and friends hate wrapping, simply because they don't know the tricks and tips. It made me want to share my ideas, which are actually pretty simple!
Now, I'm not the most light-handed person, and I do tend to do things in the most difficult ways possible - so I've broken my tips and tricks down into the most simple steps possible!
Don't let various shaped presents stand in your way!
I feel like people tend to forget that a good old gift-bag is still a suitable wrapping object during Christmas time too. Make it even more festive by adding tissue paper and pretty ribbons!
tissue paper is a god-send
My FAVOURITE stuff to wrap presents with (at any time of the year!) is tissue paper!!! Layer up a few pieces with patterns of your choice, and wrap it round your gift! Top it off with a sticky bow and a gift tag! This works best for round-shaped items, or square-shaped items (a box of chocolates for example!) However it DOESN'T work with heavy items, such as candles - the tissue paper WILL rip!
you can never have too many wrapping decorations
Not sure whether you have enough ribbons on there? Go ahead and add some more! Grab some ribbon and tie a ribbon bow around that box!
hard to wrap? Grab a gift box!
Gift boxes come in a wide range of shapes, you'll be surprised at how many items you could use these for! I struggled a little with a gift for a friend (a book) I didn't want to wrap it as i was worried the gift would be ripped when being opened, so i opted for a box. But the little book looked so lonely in the box... i added tissue paper! One layer, scrunched up along the edges, was the perfect addition!
use thick cello tape - not gift wrapping cello tape!
This may annoy the recipient slightly if you put too much tape on, as it may become impossible to get the gift open! But using just a FEW strips of thick cello tape will make your wrapping look MUCH more professional, and tidier. It's a great way to prevent scrunchy tape, ripped wrapping paper, AND it's easier to find the end of the tape if you loose it.
gift tags play a more important part than you think...
Okay, so even the best of us make mistakes. Picture this. It's coming up to midnight, you're loosing motivation to wrap, you're on your last gift, and you rip part of it! DON'T PANIC! Reach toward the gift tag... write your recipients name... and STICK! By sticking the gift tag over the top of the mistake, it will look like the recipient ripped it when opening the gift! VOILA!
use thick wrapping paper! (Not the stuff on a roll)
This can sometimes get pricey if you don't use the right store. I normally grab all of my wrapping stuff from The Card Factory as you can get LOADS for about £20. I've spend under £20 on wrapping this year, and EVERYTHING is now wrapped! Paper on a roll is often the cheaper version, but it's also a lot thinner than sheets of wrapping paper which makes it harder to fold and handle. By using thicker wrapping paper sheets, you will be able to cut a perfect amount, and be able to fold different sections perfectly. The present almost wraps itself!
wire ribbons make bows easier!
One roll of wire ribbon often wraps two medium sized gifts. They're perfect for making bows for gifts as they hold their shape and are easily changed. Due to the wire, you don't always need to cello tape them down onto the wrapping paper on the gift either!
don't be afraid to create a Christmas hamper!
This is the first year that I've made a Christmas hamper. I picked up a pack from The Card Factory which included shredded tissue paper, a big bow and ribbon, and a large sheet of cellophane. Since the cellophane was see-through, I decided to wrap each of the items within the hamper - this also makes it look like there's more gifts to open!
It's very easily done too! Open up the cellophane sheet on a flat surface, place the shredded tissue paper in the middle, place your gifts on top (in the middle), grab the excess cellophane around the sides of the centre, bring it up above the gifts (so that the gifts are inside, and so that it kinda looks like an odd pyramid shape) hold it together with one hand. THEN, i usually wrap cello tape around the part where your hand is to hold it together. Once you've done this, grab your ribbon, wrap it round, add your gift tag, et voila! It was my first time and i did it in under two minutes!
I hope you've enjoyed finding out how to best wrap a present, and I hope you found something useful! I LOVE seeing all the photographs you tag me on Twitter, so why not tag me in your end results after wrapping your gifts for loved ones!
find out how to tie the perfect ribbon bow here! (COMING SOON!)