There are two types of people in this world. The first kind are people who prepare for the holidays months in advance, put explicitly detailed thought into their gifts and then wrap those gifts in such a gorgeous way you almost don’t want to see what’s inside. And then there’s the rest of us, who put off holiday shopping and spend the last days before the holiday panic-buying and wrapping gifts in front of the TV with a glass of wine, entirely unsure what exactly you’re supposed to do with a ribbon.
So, for the rest of us, we’ve got some excellent gift-wrapping hacks for you, all in video form, so you have very little chance of messing it up, even if you’re doing it at 2 a.m. the night before the gift exchange.
There are hacks for little to no tape, how to make a gift bag (the ultimate concealer of all awkwardly-shaped gifts), tying bows and even how to wrap a bottle of wine. You know, in case you want to wrap a little something for yourself.
Simple, clever and easy-to-follow, find the hack you need and say goodbye to your wrapping stress dreams.
Wrap a gift with one piece of tape
Yes, one piece! Reduce the amount of money you spend and the amount of waste you create by cutting back on superfluous materials.
How to wrap with no tape
If you really want to cut back, kick the tape altogether and opt for this no-tape wrapping technique.
Make a bag out of wrapping paper
Some gifts don’t lend themselves to simple square or rectangular wrapping methods. If you’ve got one of these oddly-shaped gifts, it’s probably easiest to create a festive bag to place the gift in and you can even use leftover wrapping paper to make it.
How to wrap a bottle of wine
Wine is probably the most common hostess gift during the holidays but simply handing over an unwrapped bottle of vino seems bland. Show your host you put a little effort into the gift by wrapping the bottle in a sweet flower design that they’ll be proud to show off to guests.
How to tie the perfect bow
No gift is complete without a showstopping bow on top. With this quick tutorial, you’ll finally be able to create that Pinterest-worthy gift.
How to wrap an oversize box
Large gifts like playsets, bikes or other large toys are cumbersome and difficult to tackle but there is a way to masterfully wrap them.
How to wrap a cylinder
If you have a cylinder-shaped gift and don’t want to go the bag route, this tutorial shows you how easy it is to elegantly wrap your gift and create a stunning showstopper to add on top.
A version of this article was originally published in November 2017.