I love wrapping Christmas presents. It is one of my absolute favourite Christmas activities. I actually set time aside each Christmas to sit down and wrap all of our presents. I put on christmas music, I make a cup of tea and I transform our lounge into a Christmas gift wrapping station for an inordinate amount of time. It’s actually a THING for me. I realise this probably makes me sound a quite sad, but I really do take a ridiculous amount of pleasure in making our Christmas presents look beautiful and spend lots of time looking for the perfect Christmas wrapping paper and trimmings each year.
I’ve come to realise over the years, that there 6 Christmas gift wrapping staples that I need to make my presents picture perfect and Instagram worthy. These are;
1. The perfect wrapping paper. Thick, good quality and preferably with cutting lines marked out on the inside. Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s are usually great at hitting the mark on these points and have been my go to stores of choice for the last two years running. There’s nothing I hate more than thin, practically translucent, flimsy wrapping paper. Yes I know, I’m a paper snob. There, I said it.
2. Matching gift tags. The tie on, not sticker kind. Whilst the stick on tags can be quick to apply, they just don’t really have the same effect. For me it has to be tie on gift tags that gracefully hang down from the ribbon.
3. Ribbon, and lots of it as I always run out and end up making two or three trips out to Hobbycraft to restock like I have this Christmas (I always under-estimate how much I will need). I typically go for a red and white grosgrain stitched ribbon, but am equally happy with a red and white candy stripe or festive twine. There are so many lovely ribbon styles out there to choose from and really help to personalise a gift (I think).
4. Beautiful trimmings to finish off the look. This year I’ve given lovely white frosted bells from Sainsbury’s for the adults, and cute but tasteful Paperchase Christmas pegs for the children. I think these little touches show that a little extra thought and effort has gone into wrapping the gifts and are hopefully a nice little surprise for our friends and family opening them.
5. My trusty tape dispenser! I’ve used this Scotch Pop Up Hands Free Tape Dispenser for the last three – four years and I would be lost without it. It makes wrapping a doodle and so much easier when you have little ones around.
6. Finally I have to have a decent pair is scissors that will give me a great, sharp finish on all the ribbon I have to get through. So far this year I’ve been through 25 metres and counting!
After two Christmas gift wrapping sittings so far, I’m three-quarters through this years gifts and rather pleased with the results. I cant wait to drop these gifts off to our friends and family this Christmas!
What are your Christmas gift wrapping rituals? I’d love to hear how you get all your gift wrapping done!