It’s hard not to feel a twinge of envy when you show up at a holiday gift exchange to see boxes decorated with Martha Stewart-like prowess … especially when your gifts, by comparison look like you handed your kindergartener a roll of tape and let them do the honors!
Don’t be intimidated: Stepping up your gift-wrapping game is easier than you think. All you have to do is pick which of these three styles best fits your holiday vibe, read up on our easy-to-execute tips and get wrapping!
If you love the modern farmhouse look, you can easily infuse your gift-wrapping with a bit of country-chic flair. First, start with brown craft paper as your base. Next, wrap each box length- and width-wise with red ribbon. Use part of your gift as an extra piece for the outer layer, for example wrap the belt you’re giving around the outside of the package. For the finishing touch, tuck in a bit of faux greenery—like a faux evergreen pick, a clutch of berries or a pussywillow stem—or tie on a burlap tag (look for star- or tree-shaped ones at your local craft store) with twine. For DIY bonus points, cut an initial-shaped tag out of cardboard (try the reverse side of a cereal or cracker box), write your message with a gold pen and affix with double-stick tape.
For a luxe, sophisticated look, think metallic from start to finish. Begin with foiled wrapping paper in a rich metallic tone such as gold, silver or copper. Solids make for a simple canvas, while florals, quatrefoil and other geometric prints can add an extra layer of visual interest. If you have two coordinating papers that you like, use one to wrap the present fully and use the second to make a contrasting band. Then, embellish with a bundle of silvery curling ribbon or wrap with glittery grosgrain ribbon. For a stunning finishing touch, tie on a celestial ornament such as this sequin star.
If you adore all the traditional trappings of the holiday season, grant yourself permission to go all-out holly jolly with your gift-wrapping this year. Choose a base wrap, whether it be a fun wrapping paper or a cotton wrap like these cute leg warmers! Choose a bow or ribbon in shades of cherry red, apple green and bright green. If you’re so inclined, have fun with a theme, like matching white- and red-striped ribbon (think candy canes) with a gingerbread man ornament, or pairing snowmen-covered wrapping paper with a hand-cut snowflake pasted on top.
P.S. Having the right tools for the job will help keep your wrapping momentum going, so be sure to have a sharp pair of scissors (a must for cutting straight edges and curling ribbon) and a full roll of tape at the ready.