Holiday Hustle: Tips For
Beautifully Wrapped Gifts
There's something about showing up to holiday gatherings with a perfectly wrapped gift that makes you so proud -- even if a professional did it. But not all of us are masters at the art of wrapping presents, and paying a professional to do it for us isn't always an option. However, there are a few tricks to doing it right yourself. Here are 5 tips for beautifully wrapped gifts.
When you're selecting wrapping paper, don't go for the cheap stuff. Less expensive paper tears easily which makes it difficult to work with and translates into an ugly wrapping job or worse: having to re-wrap your gifts. If you already have cheap paper you don't want to waste, use it on items with standard-shaped boxes. Steer clear of toys and stuffed animals that are lumpy and soft -- weak paper makes holes a problem (especially if your kids like to peek at their gifts) -- or find sturdy boxes to pack them in to make up for the bad wrapping paper.
Cherry On Top
To make a gift look truly elegant, you need a fine frill. It can be a bow, a snowflake, or a handmade gift tag that doubles as tree ornament -- anything that makes your gift unique and classy. You can even set aside a Saturday crafternoon with the kids to make your garnishes personal. If you'd rather buy something, make your embellishment another gift to enhance the gift inside. For instance, if you're giving your niece a coloring book, tie a pack of colored pencils to the package with a fancy bow. If you're giving your mother a jewelry box, make fashion jewelry part of the embellishment.
Keep It Simple
A snowman bouncing down a snow-covered hill or Santa with rosy cheeks leading his reindeer through the night sky is charming, but not classy. For gifts to be pristine and professional looking, choose simple wrapping paper in solid colors. Red, green, and silver are classics. If you want them to be a little more dynamic, branch out to icy blue or cream with a little bit of texture.
How well you measure your wrapping paper before cutting it can make or break the beauty of your package. You don't want too little and you don't want too much. To do it right, gently roll your package in the paper from end to end before you cut it. Make sure every spot is covered and that there's just enough paper to fold over the edges to make a neat seal when you tape it.
Taping on the outside of gifts doesn't look quite sleek, so make double-sided tape your new best friend until gift wrapping is done. It won't make it look fancy, but it keeps your wrapping clean and neat. If you have to use regular tape, make a loop with each piece so the sticky side is on the outside and you can tape the paper so that it's not visible.