Gift Wrapping Ideas

Dec 22, 2019 | Holiday, Maggie Lane Designs, Tips and Tricks

We all know how to wrap gifts.  Some are fantastic at it while others just want to get the job done.  Personally, I love to wrap gifts.  I find it relaxing and enjoy picking out the wrapping paper as much as I do picking the gift out.  For me, it is about putting a whole theme together.  I want the wrapping paper, bow, and card to match and I would like to match the outside with the gift inside if I can.  While I was wrapping gifts this year, I thought about how fun it would be to put a post together on gift wrapping ideas.  I hope you find some of my suggestions helpful and ones that you can use in the future!

Match the ribbon with the paper and match the gift with the tree!

Our tree is done in the traditional red and white with gold and silver accents.  When I found this paper at TJ Maxx last year and the ribbon this year at Hobby Lobby, I knew this would be the theme under the tree!  It all matches perfectly.  Word of advice:  Beware of sparky paper!  I love bling and sparkle but the glitter ends up everywhere!  I don’t have to worry because this gift is for Thomas, but if you are exchanging gifts at a restaurant or someone’s house, they might not love glitter all over the place!  

Double the ribbon for a more dramatic look!

When I look at wrapping paper, I like choosing two of the main colors to work with and work my ribbon around that.  I loved the light green in this wrapping paper but did not have the ribbon to match.  Instead, I chose a neutral gold with a pattern that complimented the paper!  I layered one on top of the other, twist tied the first loop and then added 3 loops on each side.

Make the bow the main focal point!

Make the bow the main focal point by picking a more dramatic color and choosing a size bigger than the gift.  I’ve wrapped presents before where the bow covered the entire top of the gift.  I also double the pipe cleaners by twisting 2 together, curling the ends around under the bow, and security with tape.  This way, if the person receiving the gift wants to use the bow again, they have room to tie it to whatever they choose to or cut the ends of with scissors.

Save time wrapping!

For this gift, I found a decorative Christmas box with a velcro lid at Home Goods to match ribbon that I had bought last year in Sugarcreek, OH at their Christmas Barn.  Using a gift box saves time and wrapping and gives the receiver of the gift a box they can use in the future.  Just add a bow and you are done!  Don’t forget to find some cute tissue paper!  I love to open a gift and peek through the tissue paper to see what’s in the box!  I think it also completes the wrapping and unwrapping experience.  

Here are more ideas to make wrapping easier:
  1. Look for sales on wrapping materials after the holidays.  
  2. If you are like me and prefer a thicker paper, check out TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Hobby Lobby, and Home Goods.
  3. Find a paper that has the grid lines on the back of the paper to help you cut a straight line.
  4. Place the top of your gift face down on the paper and tape the back of your box vs the front.  This way when your gift is opened, the top will be facing up.
  5. Make sure you always buy heavy duty Scotch tape.
  6. Look for clear tape so it doesn’t show on the paper.  
  7. If you are looking for a more organic look, buy a roll of brown paper.
  8. You can decorate your brown gift wrap with string, pine, herbs, or even silk flowers and berries. 
  9. Sign the To: and From: in a thick marker and use a stamp to add a decorative flair.  For example:  Snowflakes!  
  10. I’ve also added silk flowers to my presents to give a more feminine look.  
  11. Use the suggestions I typed above.
  12. Store wrapping paper and bows in plastic bins and keep them organized by holiday, birthday, etc.  I have found that with my glitter paper, using a garbage bag and tying the handles to a hanger, helps keep the glitter in place, and keeps the paper from bending.  Try to re-use as much as you can because we all know gift wrapping can get expensive.  I have a spot in my closet made just for my wrapping materials.  One container holds tissue paper, one for bags, one for bows, and one for tape, string, pens, markers, scissors, tags, and pipe cleaners.  I also keep a box of miscellaneous cards and thank you notes just incase I need them.  

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    • Bobbi

      Thank you! I have to admit that I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough ideas and as I typed, they just kept coming! I ended up feeling pretty good about this post.

  2. Carla

    The ribbon and paper look so pretty! I am definitely a just get it done wrapper????

    • Bobbi

      LOL! Well, at least you wrap them :-).


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