Wrapping Gifts All Year Round
Giving gifts is the highlight of Christmas. Old World Christmas revels and rejoices in the gift-giving process. We especially believe that topping all gifts with an Old World Christmas ornament not only finishes off the wrap job, it also is a gift that keeps on giving, year after year. We’ve never thought it’s too early to start planning for Christmas, and there’s no time like now to start a shopping list, or at least an idea list, for Christmas 2021. But, if you’re going to plan great gifts, they should look great too. Here are some of our best ideas to make gift wrapping a cinch all year round.
- Pick a space. Gift wrapping becomes a chore when the supplies are all over the house. If your wrapping paper, tissue paper, tape and toppers are stored in different places, you’ll put off gift wrapping, and your gifts won’t shine like they should. By combining all the gift-wrapping supplies into one place, gift wrapping won’t be a task you put off. You’ll save time by the convenience.
- Keep ample supply. Don’t chase down scissors and tape, buy an extra pair and a few rolls and have them ready to go for all your wrapping projects. Add a few pens, and don’t let those handy supplies disappear to a different part of the house.
- Paper stock. When you finish a roll of paper be on the lookout to replace the roll with a new one. Take stock of the types of paper you have and refresh your collection frequently. Make sure you have paper for both a boy and girl birthday, an adult birthday or man or woman, holiday paper, and paper suitable for wedding gifts. The paper doesn’t have to explicitly say “happy birthday” or “merry Christmas” if that’s not your style, but bright colors and patterns, stripes and polka dots are easy to mix and match and look festive and fun.
- Wrap well. Gifts look so great when they’re wrapped by a store, and sometimes sub-par when wrapped at home. Cutting the right amount of paper is the best first step. Too short, and the gift will peek through, too long and the ends will be thick and bunchy. As they say in construction, measure twice, cut once. It’s a good rule of thumb in gift wrapping too.
- Finishing touches. To make the gift sing, add something to the top. Obviously, we recommend an ornament. It’s the perfect way to highlight the gift receiver’s favorite hobby or memorable occasion. Ribbon should be thought through as well. Ribbon highlights an accent color in the paper, it’s the statement piece of the gift. Having enough ribbon is important, so when you find one that matches the paper or one that you love, buy enough to last as long as the paper supply does.
Wrapping gifts is a common platform to express uncommon creativity. Traditionally wrapped gifts display an air of importance and significance. Brightly colored gifts indicate excitement and festivity. Both methods are perfectly acceptable and show the full creativity spectrum of the wrapper.