Simple and practical Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips to make this holiday task more enjoyable!
1) Set up a Gift Wrap Station
There are a lot of presents to wrap during Christmas, am I right? Last year I was feeling all sorts of stress and headache making a million messes and trying to wrap in between toddlers needing something and a baby crying. And then finally, I set up a gift wrapping station. And it made all the difference!
I gathered all the necessary wrapping supplies: tape, scissors, ribbon, wrapping paper, and cards/tags and put them in ONE place.
This may sound super simple, and it really is, but it was a game changer. When I had a free minute to wrap a gift, I could quickly do it since everything was all right there.
2) Use bins and tins to organize supplies
Again, this is not rocket science. But, it will make gift wrapping quick! Keep the tape in one tin, scissors in another, and don't forget the tags! Whether you are using homemade cards and tags, or store-bought, keep them in a box for easy access!
3) Start early!
When possible, get a head start on wrapping presents! Gift wrapping will feel like a chore if you wait until midnight on Christmas Eve. (Trust me, I've been known to be wrapping on Christmas morning in previous years! Never again. It takes out all the fun!) A few ideas to keep it fun:
- When you buy a gift, wrap it the same day and don't forget a tag
- Let your kids pick out a roll of wrapping paper that all their gifts will be wrapped in
- Use gift wrap that you love!
- Coordinate your gift wrap with the color scheme of your tree and other Christmas decor.
4) Let the kids help!
Some wrapping of course is left for Santa and parents, but when possible, let kids help!
Wrapping doesn't have to be a chore. Set aside some time to let the family wrap together. Put on some music and make it a party! I've shared some kid-friendly gift wrapping ideas here that will give you some inspiration!
5) Use fun gift wrap supplies you actually like
My all-time favorite scissors are the Trojka scissors from IKEA. They are cheap and work so well! They seem to stay sharper longer than other scissors I have bought, too. A set of 3 is only about $3. Love love love!
My favorite places to buy gift wrap is IKEA and Target. They always have a great selection with fun designs and it's cheap.
I don't like storing lots of Christmas paper throughout the year, so I try and buy only what I'm going to need. If I run out, I resort to my stash of generic paper on hand that can easily by spruced up with a holiday tag and ribbon.
6) Watch a tutorial!
- Don't know how to wrap a gift? This cute video tutorial from Dandee Designs will teach you all you need to know!
- Want to tie a perfect bow? This video tutorial from Lia Griffith will show you how easy it is!
Happy gift wrapping, my friends!
Thank you so much! I’m the 61 y o QUEEN OF PROCRASTINATION who with 10 grandkids - I’ll absolutely have a total meltdown wrapping all night Christmas Eve… kind of takes the Spirit of Christmas OUT!
Not sure HOW TO KEEP TRACK OF WHO GETS WHAT - in the name of equity & sanity. If you have any suggestions ( I haven’t mastered PowerPoint 🙄) - let me know!!!
I agree! I like to wrap when it's fun and that is early in the season!
Santa's Bag is a good free app you can keep track of gifts for everyone. I also have a free printable gift tracker here: