5 Easy Ways to Make Your Gift Wrapping Look Special
Gift wrapping doesn’t have to be time consuming in order to look special! Check out 5 easy and budget-friendly ideas for amazing gift wrapping this holiday season! And a special welcome to all those coming over from The Homier Home as part of the Deck the Halls blog hop!
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Be honest…is gift wrapping on your list of things you enjoy about the holiday season or is it one of the things you dread?
I have actually felt both ways. When I get it done in advance (as in, starting NOW!), I enjoy it a lot more. If I am cramming at the last minute, it feels rather stressful. It seems like a great idea to just wait and do all the wrapping at once, right?
Just the time-saving aspect of getting out all the things, setting up, then cleaning up should make that easier.
For me, WRONG!
Maybe I just get kind of bored or tired of doing it all at once, but whatever the reason, I find that I can be more creative and enjoy it a lot more when I wrap presents as they arrive.
Plus, the tree just looks prettier with lovely gifts around it!
Let’s chat about a few ways to make the gift wrapping season a little easier and then I also have some creative gift tag ideas for you that I am trying this year!
3 Tips to Make Gift Wrapping More Fun
#1 Create a gift wrapping station
I actually don’t have a craft room or even a home office. If I did, those would be ideal! My gift wrapping station is a simple basket. I keep all of my supplies, down to tape and scissors right there in the basket.
And the thing is, when your paper and ribbons are pretty, your basket can be sitting out and become a functional part of your Christmas décor!
THIS ONE would be perfect. It’s a great height and also has sturdy sides, which is important to keep all the things standing tall and not flopping all over the place!
After Christmas, use this basket for a large plant or tree!
#2 Occupy your mind as you work!
A great Hallmark movie helps the job get done more quickly and it’s not like you have to actually watch the movie to know what’s happening! Haha! You basically know what is going to happen as soon as the movie starts but it is still festive and fun and brings the good vibes while you work!
I usually turn on Christmas music! You can find my 2021 Christmas Playlist HERE! It’s hard to be in a bad mood with great music playing and I love that the music even helps my mind and heart to focus on why I’m wrapping all these gifts in the first place!
Rather than making it a chore or a dreaded job, turn your gift-wrapping time into something you look forward to! Trust me, the recipients of your gifts will enjoy unwrapping them a lot more if they know you didn’t resent the whole process! Right?!
#3 Get creative with your wrapping!
Doesn’t that just take more time?!?!
Well, probably, but think of it as a longer time that you have an excuse to sit there and listen to the feel-good Hallmark movie!
My favorite way to do the “dressed down wrapping” is by using simple jute twine. It really looks so pretty, is quick and easy to tie, and is also easy for younger kids to untie.
It doesn’t hurt that it’s inexpensive! Just order a roll HERE and get to tying! There is something to say for “brown paper packages tied up with string” that is special too!
But a peel and stick bow just doesn’t have the same thoughtfulness and intentionality either. It’s a great idea to set aside some gifts for quick, simple wrapping and a few others to really dress up.
Just make sure it isn’t one person in the family who gets all the fancy wrapping! Haha!
Tips for Choosing Your Wrapping Paper and Ribbons
I always choose a theme for my Christmas décor and then search for paper that I feel like blends with the concept in my head! I love this paper and purchased several rolls as soon as it came out. I am using THIS and THIS for coordinating papers!
Tip: Choose 3 different papers that blend together and buy multiple rolls of each. You don’t want to run out and have to use something totally different for the last few gifts!
Choosing 3 coordinating papers makes your tree look so festive and picture-ready! Since all the gifts need wrapped anyway, you might as well make them blend in as part of your Christmas décor! Let them add to the décor rather than take away from it by not blending with your Christmas theme!
I also keep a big roll of kraft paper on hand. If I run out of my coordinated papers, this goes with everything. And I also just really love how the brown paper goes with my theme too!
I am a big fan of really simple ribbon and often use jute twine. I also love a simple satin bow. There are lots of cute ribbon options out there, though, so just choose what you love and go with it!
As with the paper choices, limit yourself to two or three options and then repeat them. It is also fun to mix and match them with your coordinating papers!
5 Creative Gift Tags to Elevate Your Gift Wrapping
#1: DIY Ornaments
We found a pile of white spindles at a flea market for a few dollars. We sold some at market for $1 each so we actually ended up making a nice little chunk of change from them! I kept some to use for gift wrapping too.
To make the ornaments, Robb used his miter saw to cut the spindles up in about 3-5” sections and screwed a little hook into each of them. For some gifts, I just tied them on. For a few others, I had my daughter use her pretty calligraphy skills to write “To: ______”.
It is a fun way to personalize the gift and the recipient can use it for an ornament later on too!
#2: DIY Salvage Pieces
It’s been over a year ago that we were at a flea market. A vendor had a pile of picture frame pieces. The frame was past the point of repair (or at least without major effort) but I thought the pieces all looked so pretty laying there together.
She wanted just a few dollars for the whole pile and I couldn’t resist. I figured that at some point, I’d get an idea for using them. And if not, it wasn’t as though I wasted a lot of money!
I was out in the garage the other day, spotted the broken frame, and immediately (and finally!) knew what I wanted to do with it!
Robb pulled out his miter saw again and cut them into 4-6” segments. They look so pretty with twine for an ornament and I think they make unique and pretty gift tie-on pieces too!
Since my home décor is all chippy and vintage, these seem to fit right in with my vintage Christmas theme too! I love the chippy white color and the bit of gold that can be seen in the aged patina.
You could get this same effect with any kind of small salvage pieces, so keep an eye out at thrift stores and flea markets for inexpensive pieces that you can cut up!
For some of the packages, I used white satin ribbon and for others, I used jute twine.
And you’d better believe I’ll be gathering as many of these pieces in the aftermath of unwrapping to use again for future years! I love how they turned out!
#3: Jingle Bells
I’ve been using these for years! I love that they are inexpensive in the craft section (or available HERE). I like to go with gold ones since so many of our tree ornaments have gold. I also use some brown ones that have been aged. The traditional silver ones look great too! This is a perfect opportunity to mix and match whatever you have on hand!
The bells are quick and easy to tie on to packages, especially with the jute twine, and they add a fun and festive touch under your tree.
Plus…they are a dead giveaway if someone is trying to peek or shake those packages!!! Just saying…😂😂
#4: Napkin rings or mini wreaths
Mini wreaths make such beautiful gift tie on items! In fact, you can find ones specifically for gifts HERE. This is an example of a gift tie on that costs a little more, so I only ordered two packages. However, strategically placed around the three, they will make a beautiful statement.
If I ever get all the gifts wrapped, that is. Cue the Hallmark movies! Oh, it’s also a great time to shut the door and have some quiet time. You wouldn’t want anytime to accidentally spy their gift, right?! #momhack
If you have pretty wreath napkin rings, those would work perfectly too! Just make sure to get them all gathered up after the unwrapping! Check your dollar spot and dollar trees too. Sometimes they have super cute little wreaths and they will be a few dollars well spent!
#5: Inexpensive ornaments
If you are still needing more gift tie-on items, check for inexpensive ornaments. You could go with any shape, size, or color and this is a great way to add a festive touch under the tree without spending a lot of money!
You could use a simple sharpie to personalize the ornament or just leave it plain and simple!
THESE come in a lot of different colors so you’re sure to be able to blend them into your Christmas theme with no extra effort! Plus, they already have the ornament loop so it will only take you a few seconds longer to tie it on with your ribbon or twine!
I hope this gives you some fun ideas for your gift wrapping this year. Your friends and family will appreciate the extra love and thought you put into making their gift beautiful and you will feel good about doing that little bit of extra for the ones you love!
Grab your supplies, cue up that Hallmark movie, or stick in the air pods and listen to some great Christmas music (link playlist). Your wrapping can become a fun and meaningful (and yes, even relaxing!) part of your holiday season!
Have the best weekend friends!
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