Hello, hello, hello! The bloggers of No Place Like Home are back today to share some inspiration on how to wrap your presents this holiday season. I always have so much fun teaming up with this group of women, because they are so incredibly talented, and I pick up so many great new ideas from them. You’ll definitely want to make sure to check out their links at the bottom of this page.
I don’t know about you, but wrapping presents is one of the things during the holidays that I really enjoy. I definitely wasn’t always that way. I used the wait until right before Christmas (and a lot of times until Christmas eve) to wrap my presents, and then it was overwhelming. Now, I have a little bit of a process. I try to at least put the wrapping paper on things I buy right away. Then, I write the receiver’s name on it and stash it away until we have our Christmas tree up. Before I put them under the tree I add a little something to them to make them look special. I thought I’d share a few things that I found over the years that look great and make it seem like you put a ton more effort into the gift than you actually did.
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This is by far the easiest tip I have to share with you today, but it makes an awesome presentation. You can pick up 6″ wide decorative mesh at most craft stores in almost every color. I just wrap it around a wrapped present and tie it with a knot. There’s no need to worry about a bow, and the ends curl up on their own.
I love to buy ornaments that remind me of my family and friends when I see them, like a Darth Vadar ornament for my son, a tape measure ornament for my husband, or a camper ornament for my sister that loves to take her family out in their RV! I lot of these ornaments start to go on sale a couple of weeks before Christmas. Stocking up right after Christmas is another way to get some great deals. A fun way to gift these ornaments is to simply tie them onto another present.
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I feel like the ribbon is just as important as the wrapping paper. There are so many cute rolls of ribbon at the craft and department stores that it’s hard to choose, but I usually pick up 4 or 5 different rolls each year that compliment my wrapping paper. I prefer ribbon that is about 2″ wide, and it must have wired edges. I am awful at tying bows, and the wired edge makes my bows looks so much prettier.
Pom poms definitely take a little more effort, but I just love how they look. They remind me of the top of a warm winter hat. I usually make several pom poms in advance while I’m watching a show on tv, and then save them for when it’s time to wrap presents. My friend Sherry from Savvy Apron has a really great way to make pom poms if you’ve never made them before. The larger the object you are wrapping your yarn around, the larger your pom pom, but a thicker yarn will also help give it more volume.
An Extra Little Gift
On just a few presents I like to leave a little extra present like a keychain or a wine bottle topper or something with their initial on it. These are usually things that I keep an eye out for when I’m doing my holiday shopping. I’m able to find a lot of small things in stores that have a stocking stuffer section, and I pick up a lot of them during the “after” Christmas sales to keep for the following year.
Pretty easy, right? These are my “go to” wrapping tips that I use every year, but I’m always looking for new ways to up my Christmas wrapping game. Do you have any favorite ways that you like to wrap presents?
Don’t forget to check out the wrapping inspiration from the ladies of No Place Like Home! I’m sure between the 8 of us, we will have your gift wrapping covered this holiday season with lots of new ideas.
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I giggled when I saw your post. Great minds think a like. 🙂 I went with the 5 tips as well!!! You appear to be a lot more organized than me. Wrapping the gifts as you get them is brilliant. Then they aren’t stacking up some where until they are an overwhelming pile waiting to be wrapped. Too many years I had to stay up late at the last minute getting everything wrapped.
Tammy, too many years I spent up way too late on Christmas Eve wrapping presents, and then I’d feel tired and frustrated the next morning when they were ripped open at the crack of dawn. It’s so much less stressful now that I get them done early, and they just add to my Christmas decor. I still haven’t gotten around to coordinating my wrapping paper yet like you do, though. That’s my next step. I’ve got a friend that wraps each person’s gift in a different coordinating wrapping paper, which I think is an awesome idea. You don’t have to worry about gift tags falling off in the craziness of Christmas morning! Each year I get just a bit more organized! Have a great Thanksgiving next week!
Lynn Spencer says
Hey friend…I think we should do present swaps! I wanna get one of your lovely packages with a cute ornament on it! We are always on the lookout for ornaments to give to our family members and this is a great way to ‘gift’ that ornament.
Great ideas and you are way ahead of me on getting your stuff wrapped! I really need to get shopping.
Have a great weekend.
Nicki Parrish says
So many pretty ideas Robin! Even the simplest gift feels special in a beautifully wrapped package! I need to really try to wrap things as I buy them this year, great tip! Because I usually have to have a wrapping marathon at the last minute!
Carol, The Red Painted Cottage says
Robin, I love how great minds think alike about wire-rimmed ribbons! I’ve used them for a number of years and love how easy they make into a bow and how they package well for mailing. I did learn about decorative mesh from you, just now and I’ll have to pick up a few rolls of this next time I get to Michaels!