Much like mailing holiday cards, decorating the Christmas tree and baking cookies, gift wrapping is an important part of the holiday season. But I understand that this time of year can get a bit hectic, and that every minute counts when you’re preparing for Christmas. I’ve just discovered these gift wrapping hacks that will streamline the process and turn you into a quick and resourceful wrapper.
Organize with a shower caddy
There are more than a few items to keep track of when you’re wrapping presents, such as scissors, tape, ribbons, paper, gift tags, etc. Use a hanging shower caddy to keep all of these elements nice and organized. Then you won’t have to wander throughout the house trying to find what you’re looking for.
Recycle your gift wrap
When the paper from the gifts is torn off, don’t throw it away just yet. You can save all of those wrapping paper extras and then run them through a shredder. This way, you’ll have festive lining that can be used to fill bags and boxes next year.
Color code your gifts
I like to sit down and wrap my presents all in one sitting. I put on some holiday music, make myself a cup of hot cocoa and get to work. But when I finally have everything wrapped, I have a bit of a problem. I can’t remember which gift goes to whom (kind of important). So this year, I’ve come up with a much better system. I created a list of all my friends and family who are receiving gifts and assigned each of them a different color. Then, I purchase wrapping paper in all of those designated colors for a beautiful way of helping me figure out which present is which.
You can also color code your gifts using certain shades of ribbons or bows, allowing you to easily distinguish between the present for your brother and the gift for your mom.
Revamp Pringle cans
Here’s an excuse to stock up on Pringles in your pantry: These cylindrical containers are perfect for holding gift wrap. Simply cover the entirety of the container with metallic spray paint and let dry. The wrapping paper tubes fit perfectly in the Pringles cans, creating a festive display.
Flatten ribbons with your flat iron
When you pull your ribbons and bows out of storage, chances are they may have been bent and folded. You can easily get the kinks out of ribbons using your flat iron. Smooth ribbons instantly clean up the look of your gifts.
Use newspaper to replace gift wrap
There have been so many times where I’m wrapping my last few gifts and I run out of paper. The last thing I want to do is go to the store and get some more. If you run into this same problem, just use newspaper. It gets the job done and gives your gifts a vintage feel. You can also use recycled grocery bags and dress up the brown paper with some white polka dots (dip the end of a pencil eraser in white acrylic paint).
Pick up some washi tape
While ribbon is beautiful, it usually takes a bit more time to tie it around your gift than it is to stick a bow on. This is when washi tape can come in handy. The decorative tape will instantly dress up your presents to create an eye-catching display underneath your Christmas tree. Pick up a few different patterns and colors from your local craft store.
Make your own tags
Take all of your holiday cards that you’ve gotten from friends and family and turn them into gift tags. Simply cut out the image on the card, whether it’s a Christmas tree or a snowflake, and write “to” and “from” on the back.