When December 25 looks like an approaching train, you know it’s because you’re overloaded with things to do. What you need is a fast-wrapping strategy that will reduce that unwrapped gift pile quickly, and look fabulous when you’re finished.
By using some simple strategies, you’ll have beautifully-wrapped presents and more time to tick off the rest of the things on your to-do list.
Try these tips and ideas to make your Christmas gift wrapping fast and fabulous!
Wrap and roll
Don’t spend time on your hands and knees trying to find those presents under the tree when you visit the in-laws. Instead, use the stoplight system for wrapping. That is, wrap all presents that are “going” presents – the ones that you take with you away from the house – in green wrapping paper. Because on a stoplight, green is for go, make red-wrapped presents to stay.
Wrap the presents to remain at home with red paper.
The optimal way to handle this is to wrap all the green-is-go presents with the same green paper, and the red-to-stay packages likewise. It makes your packages look more unfied, simplifies wrapping, and makes those gifts look oh so designer. Before wrapping, be sure to separate your to-stay and to-go piles to make wrapping streamlined.
Tag you’re it
One of the most time coming tasks at present sorting time is determining which gift goes to which recipient. Adding sticky gift tags to the back of presents makes the task harder by having to pull out and turn over each and every present to identify the recipient. Sticking the tags on the front isn’t pretty, either, so what you need is a way to identify presents at a glance – and make them look great too.
The solution is to make your own tags and attach to the front, so no pulling and flipping is required. Here’s how: grab the kids and sit them at the table to make your gift tags. Supply them with holiday-printed scrapbooking paper, a hole punch and a bag of assorted color pipe cleaners. Cut the scrapbooking paper into various shapes, punch a hole, add a pipe cleaner and affix the tag to the front of the gift.
If you’re looking for a fun Christmas craft, give the kids (or yourself) some scissors to make scalloped edges and fun cut-out holiday shapes (buy in craft stores). Attach these with adhesive foam dots to make the tags three dimensional – and like you spent a fortune. For another time saving trick, these tags can be re-used again the next year, unlike sticky tags that get thrown out with the wadded up paper.
The last tip really speeds your wrapping. Put all presents in boxes and affix a sticky note indicating the recipient and giver. Separate gifts into to-go and to-stay piles. Grab your green paper and wrap all the presents at once making sure to put the sticky note on the wrapped presents. When all the boxes are covered in paper, affix decoration, such as bows, and add your custom-made gift tag. Voila! Wrapping in a flash.