That’s a wrap!

Is there anything more satisfying than sitting back and watching stacks of beautifully wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree way before Christmas Eve? It’s a nice way to immerse in the holiday spirit and to avoid the stressful times that come with the festive season. When I think of stressful moments, the first thing that comes to my mind is the last minute gift wrapping frenzy which I tend to repeat every year. I usually go on a wrapping marathon the night before (if not hours before) Christmas Eve and always end up slapping cheap bows on whatever gift wrapping paper I get my hands on, skipping on the personal touches and details. This year I wanted to inject a little wow factor into to my gift wrapping because, let’s be honest, beautifully wrapped gifts not only look great under the tree, they are a way of letting your loved ones know that you went the extra mile to customize their gift. It also creates a wonderful sense of anticipation.

While I’m no expert at gift wrapping, I think I did pretty well this year, and I know that you can too!  It does not require any special talent. You do however need to prepare yourself in advance and have the right tools and material. Today, I’m sharing some gift wrapping ideas and some tips on what you need to prepare for a successful gift wrapping session. I picked up everything I needed from the one and only one stop store HomeSense. They have a huge selection of superior quality gift wrapping variations and their prices are unbeatable. Take, for instance, their tartan gift wrapping paper. It not only has a rich texture with an embossed print, it instantly dresses up the gift and comes with a price tag of $3.99$ a roll!

Material & tools:

  • Wrapping paper and trimmings:
    • Choose a theme and color scheme. It makes it so much easier to coordinate and match adornments.
  • Gift wrapping embellishments:
    • An assortment of matching ribbons, twine, decorative boxes, gift tags, small pine cones, and seasonal toppers such as green leaves. I purchased a small Christmas garland and cut out pieces to garnish some of the gifts.
  • Tools:
    • Hot glue gun, glue stick, scotch tape (double sided tape if you want to make it prettier and make the process quicker), ruler and scissors.
  • For extra meaningful gifts:
    • Printed letters to personalize gifts with recipient’s name (I printed the mine on regular white paper and cut around the letters. You can limit it to initials, words or a full name.
    • Photos, postcards, little souvenirs. These make great personalized gifts.  Embellish your gifts with them and the recipient gets to keep them.
  • For a Christmassy Ambiance 
    • A good Christmas playlist.
    • Wine and cookies to enjoy the gift wrapping session (cause it never hurt anyone)!

I hope these will serve as some inspiration! Let me know if you have any questions.

* Post sponsored by HomeSense, but all opinions are my own *