We all know it's better to give than to receive — but it's even better to give when your packages are beautifully wrapped.
It’s time to gear up for the busiest gift-wrapping season of the year, so why not learn some new tricks? Take your gift-wrapping technique to the next level and create beautifully wrapped packages even Santa would envy. The secret? We rounded up our favorite DIY YouTube videos on gift-wrapping ideas and techniques to get you started. We promise not to spill your secrets.
Just the basics: Need a place to start? This video is a great all-purpose tutorial on what supplies you need to have on hand — and some helpful, easy-to-understand gift wrapping tips.
Creative and fun: This tutorial has some clever ideas for wrapping ordinary gifts, even using things you already have around the house (like an old tin).
Wrapping it all up: Simply wrapping the package is only part of the game. To take your packages to the next level, you need beautiful ribbons, embellishments and a little bit of inspiration. This video has gorgeous examples of paper and ribbon combinations that really make your gifts pop.
Large bow: Want to really make a gift stand out? This tutorial shows you how to make a professional-quality large bow that will really impress.
Elaborate decorations: For extra-special gifts, such as for a baby shower or wedding, you can add extra details to the usual wrapping paper and bows.
Sometimes the gift you need to wrap doesn't come in a nice square box. While it's tempting to just grab a gift bag and some tissue filler, your gift will impress even more when it's expertly wrapped.
Champagne or wine bottle: With just a few sheets of tissue and some cellophane wrap you can create a beautiful gift for the wine or champagne lover. Using enough tissue is key for this one so that the label doesn't show through. Adding a ribbon is a nice final touch for this simple yet elegant gift.
Large gift: Some gifts aren't necessarily a difficult shape to wrap, but their size is an issue. An expert from high-end gift wrap and stationery store Papyrus shares the tricks to wrapping an oversized gift and making it look beautiful.
Circular object: Do you shy away from baking cookies for the neighbors because you can't figure out how to wrap the tin? This is a great lesson on how to make those rounded objects look professionally wrapped — and it's easy.
Gift basket: Another popular gift-giving option — but very difficult to wrap — is a gift basket. The possibilities for creating unique gift baskets are endless, once you know how to wrap them.
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