Beginner Gift Wrapping Tips for Any Holiday

Beginner Gift Wrapping Tips for Any Holiday

If you’ve had some practice picking out greeting cards, you’re ready to move on to wrapping. Here are some beginner gift wrapping tips for any holiday that will take your present to the next level. It’s a way to show your loved ones that it’s not just the thought that counts; it’s the gift wrap, too.

Warm Up First

Try this shortcut to build up your confidence.

  • Purchase a pre-made bow at a grocery or drug store.
  • Remove the paper square at the bottom to expose the sticky surface, and apply it to the top of your gift.
  • If you screw that up, you can attach the bow with tape.
  • If you screw that up, you can hand over your gift and the unattached bow separately. The recipient
  •  will appreciate the gesture. 

Boom, you’re done! Wasn’t that easy?

Give It a Shot

If you feel ready for the big time, it’s time to graduate to a big roll of wrapping paper.

  • Roll out plenty of gift wrap and place your present box face down in the middle. Cut out a square large enough to cover the entire gift, with about two inches extra.
  • Bring the paper up from one side of the box, and then from the other, so that they meet in the middle. Tape!
  • On one end of the box, fold the paper down over the side, and crease at the edge. It will form a triangle on each side.
  • Make the triangles more distinct by creasing their edges. Fold the triangles toward each other, and crease the new edges you’ve formed.
  • Join the three flaps in the middle. Tape!
  • There should be one flap left at the bottom. Fold that up, and crease those edges. More tape!
  • Repeat at the other end of the package.

Make It Personal

Choosing paper that’s appropriate for both the recipient and the occasion doesn’t have to be difficult. You can’t go wrong with a bright, solid color, or wrapping with a generic, geometric pattern. You get bonus points, though, for taking a little extra time to buy gift wrap with a holiday theme, or just something that looks right for the person receiving your gift.

This year as part of our limited edition holiday offerings, Culture Greetings has gift wrapping paper titled, "A Wonderful Black Life,"  which showcases a multiple generation family gathered during the holidays.  This collection includes gift wrap, gift bags and boxed sets.  

Online, you can order wrap with Black Santas, festive Kwanzaa themes, or even culturally relevant themes: Search up “Black Lives Matter” or “empowerment.” You can find anything you think will make your package perfect; search “gift wrap with cats in tacos floating in space,” and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. 

Just as you might wear a tacky holiday sweater, your gifts deserve some flair, too. Don’t be the guy who gives your friends packages covered in crumpled newspaper. These beginner gift wrapping tips will add some style to any occasion.

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