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Wrapping presents is an essential part of the holiday season, but it can take a lot of time and patience to get perfectly wrapped corners and snugly tied ribbons. If you just want to get those presents under the tree as easily as possible, then these gift wrapping ideas are for you. We’re not talking about handcrafted wrapping paper or bows that would put the elves to shame. This is simply about time-saving ways to get presents wrapped with the least hassle possible.
Are you feeling the DIY bug? Then get your littlest friends and family members together for a holiday craft party and try your hands at these creative gift wrapping ideas to spruce up your your homemade gifts.
1. Reusable Bags
Some of the reusable bags you’ll find near checkout at grocery and big box stores are actually really stylish and only cost about 99 cents. Stuff them with tissue paper to wrap bulky items. The bag is durable and your recipient will get a bonus gift! Recycling brown paper bags into wrapping paper is on trend, but there’s an easier way to get that rustic look. Fold over the top of a brown paper lunch bag, hole punch it and tie a ribbon through.
2. Letter Stickers & Stamps
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Is your messy handwriting always ruining those gift tags? Buy a pack of letter stickers or stamps to write the name or initials of the person you’re gifting to on their gifts.
3. Box It Up
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Use boxes for everything. No matter what the present is, it will probably be easier to wrap if you throw it in a box. Whether it’s a sweater or a grill brush, you’ll have much better luck wrapping it. You’ll pay a little extra for those decorated boxes adorned with snowmen and Christmas trees, but it will eliminate the need for wrapping paper. Simply box it up, tie a ribbon on, and you’re ready to give!
4. To Bow or Not to Bow
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Stock up on big bows. Not only will they cover up a shoddy wrapping job, but you can keep your wrapping as simple as possible because the over-the-top bow will steal the show. Or, skip the bow completely and tie your ribbon around a pack of loose candies like Skittles or M&Ms to create a candy bow that’s sure to delight.
Wine bottles can be cumbersome to wrap, but not if you use knee socks. Simply slip one sock around the bottle and then use the second to tie a bow around the neck of the bottle.
6. Put Edibles in Mason Jars
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Stack Christmas cookies in a mason jar and tie the neck with twine for a simple, elegant presentation.
7. Complimentary & Donation-Based Gift Wrapping
For the most part, complimentary gift wrapping is a thing of the past. But some stores will still give you a box and tissue paper, so be sure to ask. At least now you have the perfectly-sized box. Some stores will gift wrap for a fee, typically $4-$6. Better yet, look for non-profit organizations setting up stations inside stores and offering donation-based gift wrapping. Now you can get your gifts wrapped and give back at the same time.
If you’re gift shopping at one of these stores, be sure to ask about their low-cost or free gift wrapping services!
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