‘Tis the season to be wrapping… and wrapping… and wrapping. It can be time consuming, and let’s face it, some of us just aren’t that talented at making ribbons or getting perfectly formed corners on our boxes. These hacks and tips will help you get the wrapping done faster (and prettier) this holiday season. Grab your gifts, some tape and a roll of wrapping paper, and let’s get cracking!
First, watch this super quick video on gift wrapping. Seriously, it’s so easy that she wraps two gifts in about 20 seconds.
It is super easy to transform a toilet paper tube into a gift tube – these are perfect for little lunchbox gifts AND as silly stocking stuffers! Cut your wrapping paper to fit the tube, add embellishments and fill with a fun surprise!
via Coupon Closet
Another alternative to ribbon is this cute Santa’s belt. It works well on any red wrapping paper… even with a pattern!
Instead of spending money on lots of different colors of wrapping paper, try craft paper. You can decorate any way you’d like, and it always looks elegant.
via The House That Lars Built
Or just add some washi tape for a pop of color without fussing with ribbons.
via The Sweetest Occasion
A gold Sharpie plus black wrapping paper equals a beautifully wrapped gift for any occasion.
via Ashley Hackshaw
Fabric wrap pulls double duty as a wrap and an extra gift for the recipient. It’s also REALLY easy to do.
via Buggy and Buddy
Learn how to make tissue paper toppers, and you’ll never have to make a bow again! They also make pretty party decor.
via The Elli Blog
Reuse old Pringles cans to gift cookies to friends and neighbors during the holidays.
via A Baker’s House
Forgot to buy a gift bag? You’ll never buy them again when you see this trick for turning any wrapping paper into a gift bag that’s perfectly sized for oddly shaped items.
Get the kids involved with gift wrapping for friends and other relatives. Kid-made gift wrap is the BEST. So colorful!
via Mess for Less
Instead of gift tags, try a monogram made out of chipboard letters instead. The recipient can use it as an ornament! Personally, I may try this with some of the kiddo’s old magnetic letters rather than buying chipboard letters.
via In My Own Style
Add greenery from your own trees and plants instead of a ribbon. It’s beautiful and free!
Have an old flannel blanket or set of pajamas that you no longer need? Tear it into strips and use it as ribbon. You don’t even have to tie a super neat bow because it’s a rustic look.
via Avery Street Design Blog
Feel like you waste way too much tape? Or do you dislike those tape lines as much as we do? Double-sided tape solves that problem.
via Hello Little Home
If you’re just one of those people who’s totally hopeless at wrapping, try the “candy” wrapping method. It doesn’t have to be neat, but it still looks super cute.
via Oh Happy Day
Toilet paper rolls can easily be converted to pillow boxes. Isn’t that handy?
via Red Ted Art
If you often have ugly trash bags in your Christmas photos, you’ll love this tip. Cover a large box with pretty wrapping paper to put all the trash in!
via Chica and Jo
If you plan on giving cash instead, here are loads of creative money gift ideas to try. Enjoy!