The Art of Gift Wrapping

3 Essential Topics

Gift-giving is a timeless tradition — truly a love language between humans. A beautifully wrapped gift carries the giver’s personal style into the hands of the recipient, who in turn can feel positively giddy with anticipation just at the sight of a present meant for them.

1. Gift wrap is more than just paper

A beautifully wrapped gift starts with the right wrapping paper. Here are some tips to consider:

  • Start with the occasion
    For birthdays, you can opt for vibrant and fun patterns, while elegant, neutral colors work well for more formal events. 

  • Will this tear at the wrong moment?
    Good wrapping paper doesn’t rip too easily. Thicker paper is more durable, holds a fold, and feels luxurious.

  • Visual harmony
    Think about the overall color scheme — can you coordinate the wrapping paper with the recipient’s favorite colors, a personal story, or a theme?

2. Techniques for wrapping
Once you have your wrapping paper, it’s time to wrap your gift with finesse.

  • Measure twice. Cut once.
    Ensure you have enough paper to cover the gift completely. Measure the paper by placing the gift diagonally on it, with excess paper on each side. Cut the paper, leaving a bit extra for overlap.

  • Nice folds. Straight seams.
    Fold the paper over the gift, creating clean edges and tight corners. Use double-sided tape or clear tape on the underside to secure the seams without showing.

3. Embellishments
Ribbons and bows, flowers, trinkets, or sprigs of greenery will enhance the presentation. Experiment with different styles, like classic bows, ribbon cascades, or even origami flowers, to personalize your gift.

  • The tag
    Create custom gift tags with the recipient’s name or a special message. This adds a personal touch and makes your gift unique.

  • Try fabric wraps
    Use fabric pieces, scarves or handkerchiefs to wrap gifts in an eco-friendly and reusable way. Knot the fabric for an artistic finish.

Gift wrapping is an art that allows you to express your love and appreciation for someone. A few extra minutes of care can turn a simple gift into a cherished memory. Happy wrapping!

Follow Danyale for more holiday tips and design inspiration at @danyalekeimdesign.

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