There’s one thing about the holidays that makes me groan, sigh, hem, haw and sometimes cry. Gift wrapping. Well, it used to, anyway. There was one year that I had to wrap a rubber ducky for my little brother (who is now 24, so you can tell how long I’ve been traumatized by this) and I literally CRIED in frustration because no matter how hard I tried, the paper kept ripping and it looked like a hot gifty mess. From then on I only gave things in boxes, period.
Later on, as an adult, I got a holiday job at Williams Sonoma. I thought I’d be up front giving advice on which cherry pitter was best, and passing out delicious, freshly made samples of festive breads. NOPE. I was the new girl in town so I got stuck on gift wrap duty. My fingers are still smarting from all the time spent learning that perfect Williams Sonoma bow. I got technique down pat then, but it only made me hate wrapping gifts even more. You think it’s fun? Go spend an eight hour shift doing it and tell me how much you like it.
A few years ago, I decided I couldn’t run from beautiful gift wrap anymore. I was going to nail the art of the gift wrap and use creativity to make up for my lack of Martha-esque passion. From then on, any time I was wrapping a client’s order or a special gift, I’d go into one of my eight bins of craft supplies and allow myself to play.
This year, I knew a lot of you would be wrapping gifts for your clients. It’s nice to use your usual branded stuff for the rest of the year, but during the holidays, you can splash out and do something different. So I headed down to Hobby Lobby and bought new craft goodies (because who DOESN’T want an excuse to go to HobLob?) and made up these pretty – and EASY – gift wrap ideas to inspire you. Amanda’s already the master of the thoughtfully wrapped gift, so she created some FAB ideas, too.
Idea #1 – Stick it in a mason jar, already! OK, so there’s really no other way to gift homemade preserves or caramel sauce or what-have-you, but really any goodie can go in a mason jar. Add a chalkboard label and some tiny star ornaments and you’re good to go. The bow is probably overkill, but I couldn’t stop myself.
Idea #2 – Wrap it with decorative twine. Hobby Lobby has the supercute themed twine and I was powerless against it. Your gift recipient will be, too.
Idea #3 – When in doubt, add glitter and staples! This is an idea borne of my OMG-how-do-I-wrap-this frustration days, but it carries over well to a simple CD/DVD/photo disc wrap as well. I took a piece of crazyamazing scrapbook paper, cut it and stapled it into a pocket format. Add a name label and boom. Done. Next gift, please!
Idea #4 – Go with the theme! Hobby Lobby to the rescue again – these popcorn bags are great for movie theater gift cards. If you’re giving your client a gift card to Starbucks, a cute coffee mug would do the trick, too. A really cute wrapping makes a gift card go from Ho-Hum to “Holy cow, you really put thought into this!”
Idea #5 – Washi tape it up. The Martha once said you need only three pieces of tape to wrap any gift. I’m not a gift wrap ninja like her – YET – so I use way more. And then I add even MORE just because it’s cute.
Idea #6 – It’s sticker time! Oversized glitter letter stickers, to be exact. You-know-where (Hobby Lobby, silly!) has an entire aisle of letter stickers. I buy them from time to time for no reason at all. Here’s a really good reason, though, should you feel compelled to you know, USE your craft supplies.
Idea #7 – Head over to the fabric section! Who says only paper goods belong on your gift? I got a big ol’ roll of pleated ribbon and some Terrifically Tacky Tape (that’s really what it’s called) and very easily wrapped it around to make an impressive presentation. If you really want your giftee to think, “Ooh, she’s fancy!” this is the way to do that.
Idea #8 – Mix up your media. Here, glitter ribbon plays nice with ric rac and craft paper. Seriously, when you’re having fun with this anything goes.
Idea #9 – Skip the red and green. If you’re more of a turquoise and purple pom pom person, go for it! Whatever makes you happy will make your recipient think “This is SO (your name here)!”
Idea #10 – Break out the bits and baubles. You know all those cute things you have in your stash that you can’t bear to get rid of? Or the stuff you see in the craft store aisle and think, “That is supercute! But when would I ever use it??” Hey, guess what – now’s the time!
Idea #11 – Forget less is more – today, more is more. Well, more look anyway. A ginormous tulle bow is super cheap, but it looks like a million bucks. Add an ornament and it’s practically guaranteed WOW factor.
I really hope you love these ideas! I actually had FUN (gasp! fun! while gift wrapping!) creating them and sharing them – maybe if you break out the champagne and have yourself a merry little gift wrap party, you’ll love it, too!
Got a gorgeous idea to share? Post it on our Facebook wall – we can’t wait to see it!
Misha & Amanda
Pssst – you know what we’d LOVE? If you pinned your favorite idea from this post. Pretty please with a ribbon and bow and star ornament on top? Thanks a bunch – we J’adore the heck out of you!