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How to wrap Christmas presents like a pro!

When the pressie buying’s all done, it’s time to get wrapping! We know some of you are already wrap masters, but we also know it’s something so many of us put off until the last-minute.

So, if you end up with your fingers bound together by scraps of sticky tape and knee deep in wrapping paper cut offs, then this is the guide for you. Just follow our easy steps for a stack of presents perfectly gift-wrapped like a pro!

Looking for more eco-friendly options? We’ve got that all wrapped up too!

  • Sarah - copywriter
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How to wrap Christmas presents like a pro!

Get all your gift-wrapping supplies ready!

  • Wrapping paper
  • A good pair of sharp scissors
  • Tape (we prefer to have ours on a dispenser for ease)
  • Name tags or stickers (or if you’re feeling extra fancy, how about a handmade personalised bauble)
  • Finishing touches like bows and ribbons

Set them all out on a large area like the kitchen table, where there’s plenty of room to work, without having to bend or crouch down – your knees will thank you later!

Our easy step-by-step present wrapping guide

Step 1 – Measure the wrapping paper

It’s a good idea to measure out the amount of paper you need for each gift. This will save on waste and make it much easier to wrap. Simply take the present and place it on the gift wrap, then roll the gift over until you’ve covered all four sides of it, adding an extra couple of inches. This should give you the right amount of paper you need, with a little over. Better to have a small amount of excess than not enough!

Step 2 – Cut the wrapping paper

Use our handy cutting grid on the back of our wrapping paper to help you cut in a straight line. Take care when working with scissors and allow plenty of time for cutting.

Step 3 – Folding and taping

Place your gift on the wrapping paper, face down and in the middle. Take one side and hold the paper secure. Then do the same for the other side, securing the tape to the paper that’s already there.

Top tip – if your cutting skills aren’t great and you have a ragged edge on the paper, simply fold it under by one centimetre or so, to hide the wonky edge.

Step 4 – Secure the ends

Now for the tricky bit…securing the ends. Many people struggle with this part but it’s easy when you follow these steps. Fold down one side of the paper so it meets the gift and then secure it with a small piece of tape. Do the same with the other side. You’ll then be left with two lose edges of paper. Take one and bring towards the middle of the box and secure with tape. Then take the final edge and secure with tape.

Top tip – fold the last two edges in by a few millimetres to get a clean ‘pro’ finish.

Step 5 – Finishing touches

Now your gift is all neatly wrapped it’s time for the name tags and finishing touches like ribbons and bows, for a festive touch that makes all the difference.

Take your ribbon and wrap it lengthways around the gift, then cross it over and wrap around the other way so you end up in the middle. Then, tie it off nice and tight with a knot and finish with a bow.

To curl the ends of the ribbons, simply hold them carefully against your scissor blade and pull the blade firmly down the length of the ribbon for gorgeous bouncy curls.

Pop a name tag on (while you can still remember who the gift is for!) and attach to the present.

Top tip - we love gift bows to add the finishing touch to any present! Whether you’re using them to hold a gift tag in place, or just hiding some of your wrapping ‘practice’!

Our gift wrapping little wins

We’ve got lots of little wins when it comes to wrapping…so no matter what you’re trying to wrap, we’ve got you covered!

  • If you’re wrapping presents for multiple people in your household, why not use a different wrap for each person, so you can see by the design of the wrapping paper who the present is for and you won’t need name tags– that’s a little win!
  • For a stylish little win, we love matching our wrapping paper colours to our tree. Then, pop them under the Christmas tree as soon as they’re wrapped as additional festive décor!
  • There’s always an odd-shaped gift that’s awkward to wrap isn’t there? Gift bags and boxes, it’s your time to shine! Simply pop in the present and go…easy! Want to keep it a big surprise? Pop some tissue paper in the top to stop anybody sneaking an early peek!
  • If you want to make Christmas a little more fun, try disguising some of your presents to throw the receiver off! Ever made a tube of Smarties look like a cracker, or some gift cards like a Toblerone? The only limit is your imagination!
  • And finally, remember you don’t always need to wrap gifts. Sometimes their packaging is pretty enough in itself – just complete the look with a festive bow and tag.

Even more ways to remove the plastic from wrapping!

That’s why…

  • We’ve developed a range of plastic-free wrapping paper that’s shrink-wrap free and fully recyclable. It also has a handy cutting guide on the reverse so you can avoid waste by never using too much
  • We also have a great range of fabric wrap in a variety of colours. Our fabric wrap is made from 100% cotton so perfectly re-usable year after year!
  • All our single and boxed cards are glitter-free, and we’re also donating 10% of profits from boxed cards, sharing it equally across three UK charities – Alzheimer's Society, Save the Children and Teenage Cancer Trust
  • Love the idea of going plastic free this Christmas? We’ve also developed a range of plastic-free Christmas crackers. Both packaging and contents are plastic-free and they’re fully recyclable, too.

Are you ready for a wrapping marathon? If you have any gift-wrapping tips, we’d love to hear them and to see pics of your perfectly wrapped pressies!

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