It seems so silly to get stressed over giving a gift. With adequate planning and a little help, marking people off on your Christmas list can actually be fun! I have started adding to my Christmas list (particularly for my husband) all throughout the year. If he mentions something, I write it down, that way I am not at a total loss when November/December hits. It can be such a lengthy process, getting the gifts, making sure you have the right boxes, and then of course you want the tree to be as fashionable as possible, you don’t want to muddy it up with terrible gift wrap choices.
So don’t panic. A complete gifting guide awaits you. Everything from gift ideas, to how to pick your wrapping paper and wrap your presents.
I like gifts that are simple but good quality. Presentation is also just as important. A couple things to think about when buying gifts….is it something you like? Even though it is for someone else, I don’t believe in buying a gift for someone that you, yourself don’t like. Next, is it something they would buy for themselves? Sometimes it is refreshing to receive a gift that is something you like but you wouldn’t have necessarily bought yourself. It’s funny because those items usually turn out to be the ones I always end up using the most. I have carefully selected the items you see above (one of my personal favorites being the Golden Girls Game of Clue). If you need more ideas, check out last year’s gift guide, there are some gems in there as well! Ok, since this is a Guide to Gifting, on to gift wrapping.
Alright, so first thing is first. Picking out your gift wrap. I personally like to switch up my gift wrap every year, it just makes it more exciting and fresh. I think it is important to coordinate wrapping paper especially if you have a well coordinated tree. If your paper is not carefully selected it can throw off the whole thing. I usually pick three different patterns. Two seems a little boring and four can be too busy, three is juuuuuust right. It almost feels like putting an outfit together. Piecing together the base (the wrapping paper) and then accessorizing, bows…ribbons…gift tags.
When you pick out your paper, you can do it a couple different ways. You can pick paper with colors that coordinate and add some pops with accessories. Or, you can pick papers that “go” and tie them together with the accessories, which is what I did this year. I started with my pink, because I knew I wanted to include pink (it’s my favorite color), then I kept seeing really pretty papers with letters and writing on them, so I knew I wanted to include one of those patterns. It made it a little tricky to find my third paper, because it had to fit perfectly with my other two. When I found the expanded pinecone print, it was perfect because the print was a little larger which prevented it from becoming too busy. I then chose ribbons and bows that went with each paper, one of my favorite finds was the tissue paper. I love the color and patterns and it builds nicely off of the “joy” paper.
Gift Bags are good for oddly shaped items, or if you are short on time, but as far as under the tree goes, I would keep your wrapped gift to bagged gift ratio at around 90:10 or if you must 80:20. Actually wrapping the gift with paper is a much nicer gesture.
So now you have all this paper, what’s next? Well you have to wrap your gifts, and if you are a little rusty, don’t panic. I am going to provide you with a little assistance.
The first thing you want to do when wrapping, is to measure it out. This ensures that you don’t waste paper (it can get expensive folks) and that your package is wrapped neatly. A lot of the paper out there nowadays has grid lines on it, which is great! The ones I linked from Target, do.
Once you have measured and cut the piece that you need. You are going to want to have the tape handy. Tape the two sides together around the box. Then fold the edges in. If there is too much paper to fold both sides, then fold one side in and you can cut off the excess. You will then be able to fold in the other side. Once both of your sides are folded in then you fold the bottom piece up, and tape, and the top piece down, and tape. If you need a visual, watch the video below:
And that is how you create a nicely folded gift wrap!
Top it off with a bow and you are ready to go! Don’t forget the Gift Tag!