Are you always late for parties? Leaving your home at the last possible moment just because you were actually ready to go, except for – realizing you still hadn’t WRAPPED your gift? So you’re just like me. Let me show you what tricks I use to make LAST MINUTE gift wrapping quick and easy.
1) Use decoration instead of wrapping paper
Avoid the hassle of carefully and slowly encasing a present into wrapping paper: I often cheat by just using decoration instead, like here:
I used decorative rope – it often depends on the style, but in fact any will do. While you’re at it, grab another decorative item, add it while tying the rope and you’re good to go.
You can even make decorations for your gifts in advance by yourself, like these DIY pompoms I made from tissue paper a while ago:
2) Keep gift bags on stock
Ok, this one looks like a no-brainer, but you’ll need to think in advance: you should make sure you’ve got a stack of gift bags ready… You might want to buy them or make them yourself. Here’s how a plain black purchased gift bag saved the day:
This one in the photo was purchased, but honestly, I feel happiest when I have a few of DIY gift bags on stock. Did you know you can make a gift bag yourself? Read on!
3) Make your own Gift Bags (EASY!)
This gift bag pattern comes in 6 variations, perfect to hold all your Christmas gifts. The PDF pattern has detailed step-by-step instructions with lots of photos, tips to make your project easy and fun. More here:
Make tons of them, fold them and save them – and you’re safe for the entire holiday season! (Even a great Christmas stocking alternative!)
4) Drawstring bags are great, too!
You can make your own drawstring bags to put presents in. You know, just open it, tuck the present in, pull the string, DONE. I love drawstring bags. They take no time to giftwrap!
5) Use gift TAGS
I put tags on my Christmas and New Year’s gifts, for practical reasons, since I don’t want to accidentally mix up the gifts when there are many.
So, if you are crazy about gift tags, make some in advance, or – to make it even faster, have them printed out. You can get several cute and free printable gift tags here if you want them:
I made these gift tags specifically for New Year and Christmas. Feel free to use as many as you need, I made these free templates for you!
6) Closing the gift bag: make it simple
Clothespins, washi tape or ribbon will secure the bags shut in no time. I use ribbon. All. The.Time. It’s quick and easy, even in a jar gift variants like here:
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