Wrapping Christmas gifts can be a daunting task but we’re here to share a few tips to make it as stress-free as possible.

Some might think that selecting the perfect present may be the hardest part of gift giving. However, for many others, wrapping that perfect present is even harder. Like many of us, Howard’s parents spent many a Christmas Eves pulling all-nighters wrapping gifts. With these tried-and-true tips, you’ll finally be able to relax and enjoy the holidays:

  • Try to keep all of your wrapping paper, gift wrap and other necessary tools together to make the start of the process as simple as possible. Using bins or storage containers to organize all of your supplies can make locating them a breeze.
  • Use a thicker wrapping paper to avoid rips and tears.
  • Wrapping a square or rectangle-shaped present is much easier than trying to tackle an awkwardly-shaped gift. If possible, put your gift in a box. This is one of our favorite tips because it really does make a world of difference and saves you a lot of time.
  • If using a gift box, be sure to line it with tissue paper that’s been folded or cut to fit inside the box. Position the tissue paper so that it hangs out over the left and right sides of the box. Once you’ve placed your gift in the box, fold the tissue paper over on top of the item and secure it with a seal or Christmas sticker, if desired.
  • With the wrapping paper on the roll, roll out enough to go a little over halfway up the sides of the box. Cut paper off the roll using nice, sharp scissors. With the box upside down on the wrapping paper, fold over one clean side so that it nearly touches the opposite end of the box. Estimate where you should cut the excess gift wrap and, again, do so using sharp scissors. Tape this cut end of the bottom to your gift box and fold the opposite side of wrapping paper over and secure with tape, keeping the paper nice and taut. For the remaining sides, fold the wrapping paper down and then fold the “flag” sides in. Fold the flaps up and secure with tape. Rob walks you through these steps in greater detail in the video below.
  • Avoid using too much tape when wrapping presents. It makes opening them that much easier. That being said, tape can be your friend when you need help keeping sides and flaps of wrapping paper in place.
  • Using two fingers, pinch and crease along the edges of your gift to create sharp, professional edges.
  • Bows and little embellishments are great final touches to any gift. Pre-made bows are so incredibly helpful but you can also use satin ribbon and an artificial flower to create a beautiful finish. Rob walks you through how to tie your bow in the video below. As you’ll see, a white poinsettia is tucked into the bow to make the gift really pop. Don’t forget the gift tags, too.
  • We like to begin wrapping gifts far enough out in advance so that we only need to wrap a couple each night.
  • If you’re in hurry, don’t underestimate gift bags, either. A present tucked in one with tissue paper popping out the top would be a great alternative and one your friends and family will still love.

ORANGE & FIELD TIP: Try designating a specific gift wrap for each family member and friend to make the actual gift giving even easier.


Gift Wrapping Tips segment begins at 35 minutes 48 seconds.