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Whatever your wrapping skill level may be, these gift wrapping hacks are super easy and will save you time and money during the holiday season! From making your own gift bags to free downloadable gift boxes and tags, you will sure to have some fun with these creative Chistmas gift wrapping ideas.
Now I don’t normally brag about much, but I consider myself an awesome gift wrapper and have used a lot of these great hacks! As an added bonus at the end of this post, you will find five of my own gift wrapping tricks for saving money, making your presents beautiful and keeping all your gifts organized!
Be sure to follow my Gift Wrapping Ideas Board on Pinterest for even more amazing ideas!
1. Make your own gift bags out of wrapping paper.
Great for oddly shaped gifts that don’t fit nicely into gift bags! (Via Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body)
2. Paint your ribbon and bows onto your gift wrap.
This one is for you guys who struggle trying to make the perfect bow. A Sharpie works well too! (Via Cakies)
3. Repurpose containers to package cookies or other small items.
These Pringle cans got a festive makeover and are perfect to gift cookies! (Via A Baker’s House)
4. Create accordion-style pleats to jazz up plain wrapping paper.
This hack is so fun and easy! Love how they placed a gift tag between the pleats! (Via Birchbox)
5. Decorate plain boxes with washi tape.
Super easy, this is one of my favorite ways to dress up basic boxes. Works especially well for presents that need to be shipped in the mail because you don’t have to worry about bows getting flattened. (Via HGTV by Michelle Edgemont)
6. Stitch paper together with colorful thread to create unique packaging!
Love this creative tape free hack! (Via BRIT + CO)
7. Make your own gift boxes using these FREE printable box templates. Decorate them for any occasion!
Miss Printables has an awesome freebie for you guys, seven different size box templates available to download for FREE! (Via Miss Printables)
8. Use unexpected materials for package toppers.
These DIY star gift toppers are made out of straws! Your friends and family will definitely be impressed with your creativity! (Via Splash Of Something)
9. Save money and make your own Santa gift tags using soda can tabs!
These tags add instant cuteness to any package! (Via Crafty Morning)
10. You can also print your own free gift tags at home.
Below are a couple of my favorite FREE printable gift tags that I found for you guys! If you don’t like these there are tons of free options on Pinterest!
Free Printable Tags From Dreams Factory
Free Printable Tags From Yellow Bliss Road
My Gift Wrapping Tips and Tricks
1. Color code or pick a theme for your gifts!
If you have a ton of people to buy for and different sides of the family, it can get a little crazy to keep track of what presents need to go where. Pick a theme or color to wrap all your gifts for each group of people. For example, this year I am wrapping all friend gifts in shades of red, dad’s side of the family in shades of green, fiance’s family in snowman wrap, etc.
2. If you want to save money purchase all or some of your gift wrap at the Dollar Store.
I buy tissue, gift bags, tags, and toppers at the Dollar Store. Why pay $5 (or more) for a gift bag when I can pay $1, no one can tell anyway! Personally I don’t really care for their wrapping paper because I’ve found it’s too thin and rips easily, although you may find their wrap works just fine for you.
3. Now this tip won’t help for this year, but to save the most money on gift wrap ALWAYS buy after Christmas.
Many times I get up to 70% off my wrap after Christmas and stockpile it for next year! You can score some really high quality wrapping supplies for cheap. I try to wait a little while after Christmas because the sales get better, although you do risk not having as big of a selection.
4. Pinch the edges of your entire wrapped box.
This is a little trick I picked up while wrapping gifts in my former retail life and found it makes gifts look polished every time. Just pinch along the edges of your entire gift and repeat a couple times to make the edges look really clean. This works well for items wrapped in gift boxes or that have a hard edge (like books), not for things like stuffed animals or blankets. Here’s a little guide below for you guys.
5. If all else fails, just grab a gift bag.
Really the holidays are crazy enough, the last thing you should stress out about is gift wrap. If you are like me and enjoy the act of gift wrapping then wrap your heart out! For those of you that find wrapping is a source of frustration, just grab a cute bag and tissue!