Gift Wrapping, Here’s What’s Up

It’s down to brass tacks here, people! Christmas is closing in – TWO days, omg. So, if you’re anything like me, you spent the weekend partying, wrapping gifts, and running some errands.  (Like a boss!) In case all your wrapping isn’t finished, there are SO many guides to help you win this battle against pretty ribbon and decorative paper.

Now we know how to “perfectly” wrap a square box, using the exact size of wrapping paper already cut! Don’t you feel like an expert?? To be fair, this method seems pretty straight-forward, but in all honesty, I don’t wrap gifts this way, so it’s always your call in terms of perfection.

The basic, “cut a piece that’ll cover the whole box, tape the bottom, fold the edges flat” method works wonders if you’ve got a square/rectangular box, obvs. And for mostly everything else, a bag does just the trick! (Just yesterday I put a huge roll of fancy, fringed trim into a Santa-themed chair cover!) For smallish, “unusually” or uniquely shaped items, this is a great trick to make them less crazy hard to cover. (Or you could totes pay someone else to do it, says the matter-of-fact, magnificent bow-making lady.)

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas, you puny fools.

So what does the Grand High Chancellor of Lifestyle have to say about gift wrapping, you ask? Oh, Martha’s got some suggestions for you, darling.

You can use yarn just like ribbon!

You can use yarn just like ribbon!

Wrap 75 small packages instead of one, then cover in 100 yards of ribbon! (This one could involve hot glue, which adds fun points.)

Wrap 75 small packages instead of one, then cover in 100 yards of ribbon! (This one could involve hot glue, which definitely adds fun points.)

Make some little pouches, lazy!

Make some little pouches, lazy!

These are beautiful, but you have to find and purchase (perhaps expensive, if done correctly) vintage linens.

These are beautiful, but you have to find and purchase (perhaps expensive, if done correctly) vintage linens.

Ok, I'm super down for the "cover in fabric" trick, however, it has the distinct possibility to slide into" way harder than it should be" territory.

Ok, I’m super down for the “cover in fabric” trick, however, this has the distinct possibility of sliding into” way harder than it should be” territory.

Duh! Just get some (completely gorgeous, totally green) leaves from your garden! Nature is beautiful!

Duh! Just get some (completely gorgeous, totally green and pliable) leaves from your garden! Nature is beautiful!

She wants to control the INSIDE of the gift, too! So bossy.

She wants to control the INSIDE of the gift, too! So bossy.

This one is my super favorite because: 1. Covering gifts in discarded potato chip bags is a DELIGHTFULLY white trash thought and 2. I can absolutely picture the hilarious horror of making that decision in the real world, Martha! (Those bags are slick and gross!!!) Throw those away, and NEVER use them as gift wrap!

This one is my super favorite because: 1. Covering gifts in discarded potato chip bags is a DELIGHTFULLY white trash thought and 2. I can absolutely picture the hilarious horror of making this decision in the real world, Martha! (Those bags are slick and gross!!!) Throw those away, and NEVER use them for gift wrapping!

Clearly, if you steer clear of using garbage for gift wrap (unless it’s some sort of clean garbage, or a smelly art piece) you will probably be fine. People like receiving gifts regardless of how they’ve been wrapped! Ultimately, if you have a little time, throwing together a well-wrapped gift isn’t difficult at all, and anyone is capable. Even on a budget! When I was in grad school I wrapped everyone’s gift in newspaper and it was amazing! It looked vintage, and it was completely affordable.

You can use old maps the same way! They may or may not look as fancy as Martha's. (They won't.)

You can use old maps the same way! Yours may or may not look as fancy as Martha’s. (They won’t.)

I realize, of course, that gift wrapping is a vain luxury, for those of us with the time and/or cash to do more ornate gift wrapping (that includes baubles, custom tape, or yards of ribbon), and the thing that matters most is the gift, and the love shared between the people involved. After all, gifts are not obligatory, so why not put as much effort into it as you’re able? Without a sense of celebration and joy, life would be so dull! Add beauty however you can, and take Martha’s advice with a grain of (artisan) sea salt.

Have you done most/all of your gift wrapping already? Do you like gift wrapping? If not, have you found any useful “do this faster” or “do this cheaper” tips to share? What was your oddest and/or most weirdly-shaped Christmas wrapping challenge?

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