Easy Gift Wrapping Tips

December 2nd, 2010

First off, a giant Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish friends!

Secondly, in case I didn’t tell you, because I’ve told everyone, I’m done with my Christmas shopping. That’s right. Completely done. Have been since before Black Friday. In fact, I used CyberMonday to start shopping for next Christmas. I’m just that ridiculous.

Now, stop the hating. I still have to wrap things, and that’s never an easy feat in a house with a child. A nosy child. And a puppy. A chewy puppy.

Luckily, I got these great holiday wrapping tips from Melinda Morris, owner and visionary of Brooklyn-based paperie Lion in the Sun. Cute shop, great tips.

  • Think outside the paper. Fabric, scarves, tote bags, jars are the perfect eco-friendly way to keep your gift under wraps.
  • Waste not, want not. Use extra scraps of paper for paper ribbons, decorative fans and flowers on the other gifts.
  • Color code. For big families, color coding gifts for each not only makes for a pretty picture under the tree, it is a huge time saver on Christmas morning.
  • Stamps, stickers and more. Choose one base color for the gift wrap and buy it in bulk. Then personalize each gift with stickers, stamps, decorative tape, twigs, feathers or leaves.

Something else we do is let our daughter draw like a maniac on one of those rolls of white craft paper, then we use her creations to wrap all of her friends’ gifts.

How’s your shopping going? Do you have any great wrapping tips you want to share?

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