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Gift-Wrapping Tips

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Wrapping your presents is probably the most boring part of the lead up to Christmas and we often leave it all until the last minute to do! Why not take wrapping seriously this year and add a stylish aesthetic to your presents? Your friends and family will love the extra effort that you’ve gone to and they’ll look fantastic under the Christmas tree! Here are a few gift-wrapping tips to help you make your presents look the very best they can possibly be.

Choose Complimenting Colours

The classic Christmas colours are gold, red and green, but you can also get creative and mix things up a bit! If you’re using ribbon in your wrapping, you simply can’t go wrong with red paper paired with gold ribbon. If you’re using patterned paper, it might be best to steer clear of using ribbon at all, as it can clash and look jarring. If you want to save a bit of money, why not wrap your gifts in newspaper? It actually looks pretty stylish (just make sure to check that there are no weird or depressing headlines on them first)! Finish by tying it up with string for a true rustic effect.

Use Double Sided Tape

Sticky tape is essential to gift wrapping, but it can make your efforts look messy, which is not ideal. To get around this problem, simply find yourself some double sided sticky tape and use that to stick the undersides of your wrapping paper together. You won’t believe how much neater your gifts will look!

Use Wired Ribbon

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If you are using ribbon, we recommend using wired ribbon as it is very easy to form into standalone bows. Just be careful not to leave any wire sticking out of the ribbon after you cut a piece off, as it can really hurt if it catches your fingers! You can find this type of ribbon online and in any good crafts store. If you’re feeling extra creative, why not take a look at this great tutorial from wikiHow which talks you through how to create different types of bow using wired ribbon?

Stick To Clean, Sharp Edges

One of our top gift-wrapping tips to get your presents looking and feeling professional is to make sure that the edge of your paper aligns with the edge of the packaging. This creates a seamless look! A great trick is also to fold over the edge of your wrapping paper to hide any frayed paper on the exposed cut edges. This also makes it easier for you to line up the edges of the paper to the edges of your packaging. And if all else fails, ribbon can hide a multitude of sins!

Like our gift-wrapping tips? Then you’ll love our homemade gift ideas!