I always leave Christmas wrapping to the last minute. I love Christmas, I love buying the gifts, I get excited about hiding the gifts so no one can find them. And theoretically I love the idea of beautifully wrapped Christmas presents with gorgeous ribbons and bows. But when it comes down to it, it’s usually late on Christmas Eve and I’m scrambling at the last minute to wrap all the presents. They usually end up wrapped from the same giant roll of Costco wrapping paper (it’s a good thing that stuff is double sided!) and then I take a Sharpie and write the names right on the wrapping paper. How fancy am I?!
Last year, our youngest was only 4 weeks old at Christmas, so my poor husband was left wrapping all of the kids’ gifts on Christmas Eve – right after he finished building the girls’ massive doll house. I was pacing in and out of the room, rocking and bouncing my baby boy (who didn’t sleep then, and still doesn’t sleep now…) micromanaging the wrapping. I’m pretty sure we argued the whole time… Lack of sleep and all, plus my husband hates when I hover… poor guy.
My former sister in law (long story…) wraps presents beautifully. Like amazing. She wraps them exactly like the presents you are going to see in the list below. She’d walk in with her pile of kraft paper packages with velvet ribbons, fresh greenery and perfect labels, and I’d walk in with my uneven stack of barely taped shut presents. *sigh*
Do you have someone like that in your family? Or maybe you’re that person? (I’d love to be that person someday…).
24 Clever Christmas Wrapping Hacks
Now, I’m not going to say this list of Christmas wrapping hacks is going to magically make you more organized. I know it’s definitely not going to make ME more organized. But maybe it will inspire you to start wrapping your gifts a few days before Christmas rather than the night before. And maybe, just MAYBE, you can be that person with the amazingly wrapped gifts.
Photograph Gift Tags
How cute is this idea!? Print out a picture of the person the gift is for, and tie it to the gift instead of writing their name on a label.
via DIY Network
Shower Caddy Gift-Wrap Organization
Use a shower caddy to organize your scissors, tape and other wrapping goodies. How organized is this?!
DIY Gift Wrap Stand
Use old Pringles cans (painted or wrapped of course) to store all those tubes of wrapping paper.
Chalkboard Wrapping Paper
Use black paper with a white marker to switch things up. Looks pretty cool, doesn’t it?
Gold Sharpie Gift Tags
Now this I can totally get on board with. Use a gold Sharpie to write people’s names on their gifts… in curvy and fancy writing of course!
via Saffron Avenue
Old Book Gift Bags
Be a little different and make your own gift bags from old books. Aren’t they pretty!?
Polka Dot Gift Wrapping
Dress up regular Kraft paper with DIY polka dots!
Use Double Sided Tape
Get that professionally wrapped look by using double sided tape instead of regular tape. It’s completely hidden!
DIY Ornament Clusters
Dress up those ribbons and bows with some dollar store ornaments. So pretty!
via Oh Happy Day
Matchbox Wrapping Paper
Create a toy from the box itself by adding some toy cars and a road to the outside! So fun for kids!
via Lines Across
Toilet Paper Pillow Box
Save those empty toilet paper rolls! This is a great way to wrap up those smaller items!
via Fair Ivy
Flat Iron Ribbon Smoother
Are your ribbons all wrinkled and creased? No problem! Use your flat iron to straighten them out.
via Real Simple
DIY Recycled Bows
Instead of using store bought bows, make your own with old magazines!
via Whole Living
Toilet Paper Wrapping Paper Holder
Another great use for empty toilet paper rolls – use them to keep the paper on the roll from unwrapping.
Shake-It Confetti Wrap
Wrap your gift, throw in some confetti, and then wrap it again with cellophane. The confetti moves underneath the cellophane!
via Mini Eco
Color Me Wrapping Paper
Another great idea for kids! Wrap the present in white plain paper and then tape some crayons on it. A great way to keep kids occupied while they are waiting to open their gift!
via Lines Across
DIY Printed Wrapping Paper
I bet you thought that was real greenery around this gift, but the cedar was actually photocopied and colour printed onto paper! Brilliant!
via The DIY Dreamer
Kraft Paper Stamping Gift Ideas
Create your own wrapping paper patterns by using your favourite stamps.
Ribbon-Organizer Binder Clip
Is your ribbon bin a complete mess? (I know mine is…) Use binder clips to keep the ribbon from unraveling.
via Real Simple
Dollar Store Bin to Organize Ribbon
Okay, something about how organized this is makes me really, REALLY happy.
3-Dimensional Gift Wrap
Add some depth to your presents with this clever 3D wrapping idea! It makes the plain kraft paper look pretty amazing!
via Martha Stewart
Woolly Sweaters Gift Wrapping
Don’t throw away that sweater you spilled red wine on! Save those pieces for the next time you need a cool wrapping idea!
Twelve Gift Bow Tutorials
Who needs a store bought bow when you can do it yourself? Check out these awesome homemade bow tutorials.
Printable House Boxes
Small items? No problem! Print out these adorable house boxes for them!
via Design is Yay
Fabric Gift Wrap
Use fabric to wrap your gifts instead of paper. The best part? It’s totally reusable!