You’ve made your list and checked it twice.
Now it’s time to wrap everyone’s gift up beautifully to go under the tree. Gift wrapping while I have a great holiday music playlist going or my favorite holiday movie on in the background is one of my favorite parts of this magical season, so I wanted to share five tips with you to take your gift wrapping to the next level.
First step is to gather my gift wrapping supplies—essentially creating a “mise en place” like you would in the kitchen, but for Santa’s workshop instead. I ensure I have wrapping paper, gift boxes, bows, ribbons, the ELF gift wrap paper cutter—it’s a game-changer if you haven’t tried it!— and lots of scotch tape on hand. Now with your supplies ready, let’s begin!
An easy—and cost effective—way that I love to wrap gifts for the holidays is to layer wrapping paper. I started with a base of white wrapping paper and then layered a strip of beautiful green & gold paper on top. You could use the same wrapping paper across all presents for a uniform look or keep the white wrapping paper base but change out what wrapping paper you layer on top.
You can never go wrong with a classic red bow. To make it the focal point, I like to use a simple, solid color wrapping paper— like the white paper you see here — and pair it with a printed, festive gift tag.
Instead of using traditional bows and ribbons, I also like to use sprigs of faux holly or winter berries. You can find these at any craft store and cut them into the right size. I use a little bit of hot glue to affix them, and I’ve found they pair really well with kraft wrapping paper.
Another way to step up your holiday gift wrapping is some pattern play. I love keeping my eye out for unique ribbons, such as the gold leaf I found at Paper Source like ones seen here. Pair with wrapping paper that features a similar pattern and the result is an elegant, yet festive look.
While it seems like red and green are everywhere throughout the holiday season, another holiday gift wrapping tip is to not be afraid to use non-traditional holiday colors. I have found that metallics — especially gold and rose gold — still give a festive look without being so on-the-nose.
Katie Urban is a lifestyle blogger and hosts A Touch of Teal. Read her blog to find the perfect desk-to-drink or weekend outfits, travel guide for your next adventure, home decor ideas—and cocktail recipes for when you have people over, a new book to read, or just reflections on life as a millennial living in DC.