Here’s How to Wrap Christmas Presents Like Santa’s Helper

Ho, ho, holy cow, that's a good-looking gift! Learn how to wrap Christmas presents like a pro in just a few easy steps.

Now that your porch has officially been taken over by Amazon Prime boxes, it’s time to transform them into beautifully wrapped gifts to put under the tree. We’re breaking down how to wrap Christmas presents like a pro in just a few simple steps. So turn on the holiday tunes and grab your cozy hot chocolate; Santa’s got a job for you!

Psst: Still need to do some shopping? Check out our holiday gift guide for our top picks for everyone on your list.

To get wrapping, start by gathering all of your supplies. You’ll need your wrapping paper, scissors, tape and any extras like bows, ribbons and gift tags. If you’re wrapping a gift for a child, opt for fun, colorful paper. For a more sophisticated look, rustic brown paper with red string has a Magnolia vibe that will look beautiful under any tree.

How to Wrap a Gift Box

How to wrap a gift boxSydney Watson/Taste of Home

If you have a variety of shapes to wrap, start with something easy like a gift box. A gift box can hold most items and is perfect for clothes, home items and food gifts like homemade candy.

  1. Start by rolling out your wrapping paper on a large surface like your kitchen table or island. Place your box in the center of the paper and measure how much wrapping paper you’ll need. It’s tempting to want to move quickly and just eyeball it, but measuring almost always saves time in the long run.
  2. Once you’ve cut your square of wrapping paper, pull one side over the gift box and secure it with a piece of tape.
  3. Gently pull the other side of the wrapping paper over the box and tape it down.
  4. Next come the sides of the present. With the seam-side up, fold the top of the wrapping paper over the side of the gift box and place a piece of tape.
  5. Flatten the side into wings and fold them into pointy shapes, one at a time. Pull both sides in over the gift box and secure with tape.
  6. Finally, pull the bottom side of the wrapping paper up and tape it to the box.

How to Tie a Ribbon on a Gift

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When it comes to bows and ribbons, look for a variety of colors, textures and sizes. Keep proportions in mind, saving the largest bows for the largest gifts. For most food gifts, you can skip the wrapping paper and jump right to the fun decorating part.

To tie a classic ribbon around your gift box, follow these easy instructions.

  1. Lay the ribbon out straight on your table and place the wrapped present upside down (seam-side up) on top of it. Don’t cut the ribbon just yet, to make sure you have plenty to work with.
  2. Pull the two sides of the ribbon up and join them with one twist.
  3. Wrap them over the opposite sides of the present.
  4. Flip the box over right-side up and tie the two ends of the ribbon into a knot to secure.
  5. Make a bow, then trim the ribbon to the desired length.

How to Wrap a Gift Without a Box

How to wrap without a boxSydney Watson/Taste of Home

Gifts without a gift box are a little trickier to wrap. If the gift comes in a beautiful container, a simple bow and gift tag will look festive and elegant. For example, this year, try gifting each of your co-workers homemade Irish cream in vintage bottles with a classic ribbon and gift tag.

If your gift still needs to be wrapped, follow the same steps for gift box wrapping or use the tried-and-true gift bag solution. A colorful gift bag with fluffy tissue paper can handle just about any present.

Add DIY Gift Tags

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Adding DIY gift tags is the perfect way to top off a thoughtful gift. Tie simple brown gift tags with red and white string around gift boxes, bags or ribbons. If you’re not exactly a DIYer, print off pre-made tags from Etsy or your favorite online shop. Now just sign your name and do your best to wait until Christmas Eve.

Getting in the Christmas spirit? Check out our holiday handbook for everything you need to plan your merriest Christmas yet!

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Carrie Madormo, RN
Now a freelance health and food writer, Carrie worked as a nurse for over a decade. When she isn't hunched over her laptop with a baby in hand, you will find her cooking her grandmother’s recipes, lacing up her running shoes or sipping coffee in the bathroom to hide from her three young children.