Most people know how to wrap a Christmas present, but that doesn’t mean they do it well.

The thought of wrestling with unruly wrapping paper used to make me cringe. When the match was over, I would slap on a store-bought bow and gift tag.

I vow to do better this year and you can, too. Here’s how to avoid the gift-wrapping blues:

How to wrap a Christmas present

Gift Wrapping Supplies

You’ll need:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Double-stick tape
How to wrap a present

Step 1: Measure the girth of the box and add 2 inches. This will give you enough paper to wrap around the box. Allow an overlap on each end that is equal to the height of the box. Place the box face down on the paper.

How to Wrap Perfect Presents

Step 2: For a professional look, create your seam at the edge of the bottom of the box. Pull one side of the paper all the way over to the opposite end of the box. Fold under the excess paper to create a smooth edge for the seam. Secure it with three hidden pieces of tape.

How to do the ends of a christmas present

Step 3: Turn the box over so the top is facing upward. Place a small piece of tape near both sides of the end of the box. Use your fingers to push the side flaps onto the tape. Fold a portion of the top flap to create a smooth edge. Place tape along the inside edge of the top flap. Fold the top flap over the bottom flap.

Present Wrapping 101

Top your gift with a bow and/or other small Christmas decorations such as pinecones and evergreen.

Make a pom-pom Christmas bow!

Don’t stop now. A bow is a great accent to your gift and easier to make than you think!

You’ll need:

  • Wired ribbon
  • Scissors
  • String or floral wire


Make a loop at the end of the ribbon as if you were going to tie your shoe. The size of the loop will determine the size of your bow. For a medium-sized bow make a 3-inch loop, leaving a slightly longer tail.

Twist the ribbon at the center where you are holding it and create another loop of equal size going in the opposite direction. Continue creating about 10 loops (more for larger bows) in alternating directions, giving the ribbon a twist between each loop.

Secure the center of the bow with a string, floral wire or a piece of ribbon. Adjust each loop to give the bow its pom-pom shape and fullness. Use the string or wire to attach the bow to your gift or decoration.

Free printable gift tags

Gift Tag on Present

Last, but not least, you’ll need those to-and-from thingies. How about free printable gift tags? Consider it a gift from Totally Promotional!

free printable Christmas gift tags

I hope you’re ready to embrace the Christmas season! Parties, holiday baking, tree trimming … and lots of shopping.

Find everything you need for all your celebrations by visiting Totally Promotional’s Christmas Party Favors & Supplies!

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Shelley Grieshop is a former newspaper journalist who earned more than a dozen Associated Press awards for her in-depth research and writing skills. In May 2016, she joined Totally Promotional as a creative writer. She currently writes company blogs about branding, marketing, logos, wedding planning and much more. One of her life goals is to teach people when to use hyphens and apostrophes.

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