Does gift wrapping seem like a chore or just too overwhelming? I’ve got 5 simple ideas to help step up your game this holiday season and make gift wrapping fun and easy.
How many of you feel overwhelmed when it comes to wrapping Christmas gifts?
When I was younger, it was all about getting the presents wrapped by Christmas morning. I didn’t care what the wrapping job looked like. Most of the gifts I wrapped didn’t even have a ribbon or a bow on them.
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Many Christmas Eve’s were a blur. I only remember wrapping gifts until the wee hours of Christmas morning, exhausted, and knowing that in just a few hours all of my hard work would literally be ripped to shreds.
This is where the whole “older and wiser” thing comes into play 30 years later.
What I didn’t realize at the time was that I could have made things a lot easier on myself and much more enjoyable if only I had prepared ahead of time.
I’ve Learned to Make Wrapping Gifts Fun and Easy
I’ll show you some simple ideas that make gift wrapping easy and inexpensive with a beautiful end result.
But the entire gift wrapping process can be quite enjoyable too. If you carve out some time specifically for wrapping presents, you won’t keep falling into the same pattern of procrastinating until the last minute.
Let me show you what works for me during the busy and hectic holiday season.
Gather Your Gift Wrapping Supplies Before You Need Them
There’s nothing worse than going to get the tape to wrap a present and realizing that there isn’t any to be found.
Or better yet, you reach for the ribbon and realize that there are only about 3 inches left on the roll.
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Shop the After Christmas Sales
I’ve learned to take an inventory of all the gift wrapping supplies I’ve run out of, or need in order to try something different next holiday season.
You’ll not only be ahead of the holiday game next year but you will feel so good knowing that you saved money along the way.
Start Planning and Shopping For Christmas Supplies in July
I wrote a blog post about planning Christmas in July. Some readers laughed and said they couldn’t even think about the holidays in the summer months. But by starting the planning process and stocking up on gift wrap supplies months before Christmas, you will be so organized and less stressed.
What You May Want to Put on Your Gift Wrapping Supply List
Scissors and Scotch tape are obvious to you I’m sure. But I’m going to mention them anyway.
I didn’t necessarily use all of these items this year but I have in the past.
- Wrapping paper, Kraft paper
- Ribbon, twine and raffia
- Dried oranges
- Cinnamon sticks
- Candy canes
- Holiday stamps
- Mini Christmas trees
- Glitter & confetti
- Sheet Music
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Set up A Gift Wrap Station
Create a workspace that is dedicated to gift wrapping.
It’s important to have an area where you can organize and store all of your supplies and you’ll always know where everything is.
Set the Mood For a Festive Christmas Gift Wrapping Event
Set the mood. Make this a fun event! Wrapping gifts does not have to be a chore.
- Pick a location where you can spread out and have lots of space to create.
- Use this time as a quiet get away to be creative.
- Make yourself a cup of hot cocoa or your favorite winter beverage.
- Put on your favorite Christmas music or movie.
- Light a Christmas candle.
- Give yourself the gift of time. Schedule time on your calender so you won’t be interrupted or get double booked.
Keep It Simple
Basic Wrapping Paper
Using a neutral brown kraft paper as a blank canvas has endless creative possibilities. You can use spices, dried oranges, ornaments, elements from the outdoors. There are just too many ideas to even mention.
Natural Elements Such as Pinecones. Berries and Greenery
Go outside to gather pinecones, berries, and greenery from the winter garden. These natural elements are not only beautiful for your wrapped gifts but they’re also FREE! You can also clip off of your fresh Christmas tree or wreath.
Greenery options can include rosemary, boxwood, evergreens, magnolia leaves, and more.
Dried Oranges, Cinnamon Sticks and Herbs
Dried oranges seem to go perfectly with all things related to Christmas decor and crafts. They make a wrapped gift come alive instantly.
If you haven’t tried drying orange slices before CLICK HERE for my blog post.
Cinnamon sticks are another great item to add to a wrapped gift for more interest. Hers such as rosemary not only look pretty but it smells amazing.
Plan a Christmas Gift Wrapping Event With Friends
I’ve gone to a couple of gift wrapping parties with friends in the past. It can be so much fun and quite inspiring!
Make a few snacks and beverages and invite your friends to wrap gifts. Have them bring their supplies to share with the group. This will give everyone a chance to try something different for the season.
It’s important to make sure you have enough working space. I have put up 6-foot tables which really helped.
These simple ideas are sure to make gift wrapping fun and easy this holiday season. I hope this has inspired you to try some new things that will help you.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
Until next time,
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