Be a wrap star with these pro tips for the prettiest presents under the tree
Steps number one and two have been accomplished. You have most everything on the kids’ wish list, with the exception of the classic Mustang your teen requested, and the Rolex your husband has hinted at. The gifts are all tucked away in super-secret hiding places (if you think under the bed or the attic are good options, think again. We suggest hiding gifts behind cleaning supplies, an area they’ll all avoid).
But the best way to ensure nobody gets a sneak-peek of the presents is to buck up and wrap them. If the thought fills you with dread, we’re here to help. First, head out to gather the season’s prettiest paper, bows, bags and tags. Then head home to pour yourself a glass of wine, put on your favorite holiday music, arm yourself with a pair of scissors and plenty of tape, and you’re on your way.
For those who aren’t crazy about tying ribbons and fussing with bows, we’ve noticed some gift tags so whimsical and ornate, that they can actually take the place of any kind of ornamentation on your packages. If you’re a member, check out Costco’s annual box of tags—tiny art pieces, every one.
We checked in with Papyrus gift wrap expert Jill Pierce for a few tips on wrapping the perfect gift. You’ll find the paper, along with the company’s artful cards, at several of your favorite stores.
First, Pierce notes, just as when you chose a gift, think about the recipient when you’re purchasing paper.
“The focus should be on choosing patterns that are a good fit for the person receiving the gift, and work for the specific holiday,” she says.
These days, Pierce is seeing a resurgence of the handmade approach to paper. To stay relevant, she says, gift wrap companies must introduce new designs and applications to wrap assortments.
“Most of our bulk wrap in sheets, and many of our rolls are made by hand,” she says. “Our customers embrace this artisan approach.”
If your packages appear a bit sloppy, she offers these tips to help you clean up those rough edges.
“When wrapping, using double-sided tape helps create cleanly wrapped packages,” says Pierce. “Wrapped gifts should always have crisp, tailored appearance. Crease the edges with flat folds and sharp edges. This will ensure a beautifully tailored package.”
Along with the Costco tags and Papyrus’ beautiful paper, we also spotted some lovely tags and paper at Cost Plus World Market and Pier 1 Imports. Some faves:
More the merrier
This multi-colored tree wrapping paper is pretty enough to frame. Papyrus tree roll wrap, $8.95, papyrus.com
Jingle all the way
Add a little jingle to your jolly package with these tags. Jingle Bell gift tag set, $1.95 for set of three, pier1com
Go for the gold
Gold is the go-to color this year if you’re hoping to create an elegant look with a gift bag. Gold scrolled tissue paper, $3.95, pier1.com
Prefer not to mess with wrapping paper? Opt for gifts bags, instead! Just tuck in some tissue paper and you’re set. Retro Santa on bike gift bag, $1.99, worldmarket.com