7 Tips For Quick Gift Wrapping (No Gift Bag Required)

Time-saving tips and tricks to help you wrap gifts quickly this holiday season and beyond.

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Does looking at a pile of gifts that need to be wrapped turn you into a stressed-out Scrooge? If you’ve left your holiday shopping and wrapping until the last minute, you’re feeling the pressure to get it done quickly. Fortunately for you, we have some time-saving tips that will help with quick gift wrapping. Find out how to create beautiful packages faster than you can say “ho, ho, ho.”

Create a Gift Wrap Station

It’s important to designate and organize a space for wrapping, so everything’s waiting and ready in one spot, whether that’s a cleaned-off desk, the dining room table or a space on the floor. (That last one can result in a stiff back if you wrap for too long, though.)

“If you create a workspace before you wrap, the job will be so much easier. I like to work at a sturdy, waist-high table or counter,” Alton DuLaney, a gift-wrap artist and Scotch brand ambassador, says.

Use Sharp Scissors

If you’ve ever tried to cut a piece of gift wrap with dull scissors, you know the resulting tattered edge is not ideal to work with. Plus, it takes time to fuss with or re-cut. A quality pair of scissors will make your gift wrapping go much smoother. You can also sharpen dull scissors blades.

According to Fiskars Designer and Crafter Emma Jeffery, a good pair of sharp scissors “will allow you to quickly and efficiently cut through a single sheet of wrapping paper or even double-down on slicing through multiple sheets of paper to wrap similar-sized gifts all at once.” (She likes Fiskars’ Amplify Shears for this.)

Don’t Start Over If You Show Up Short

Didn’t cut a big enough piece of wrapping paper? No need to start from the beginning. DuLaney suggests instead to “create a ‘belly band’ using festive ribbon or folded paper to cover the exposed part of the box.” Your wrapping job will look unique, and you can quickly move on to the next gift.

Skip Gift Tags

Labeling traditional “to and from” gift tags can be time-consuming. Instead, use large letter stickers or DIY tags to identify each gift with the recipient’s first initial. A large single letter is a playful way to indicate who should receive the gift, and it adds a little flair to the overall look of your wrapped presents.

Don’t Skimp on Tape

One of the most important elements of gift wrapping is having the right tape. Cheap tape that’s difficult to get off the dispenser and doesn’t hold properly will slow you down.

DuLaney likes two types of tape: double-sided tape, for tricky corners, and gift wrap-specific tape, which he says “blends seamlessly into the paper for a super-clean look.”

Try This Time-Saving Gadget

The Little Elf Gift Wrap Cutter helps you zip through gift wrapping. According to one five-star Amazon reviewer, this made in the U.S., as-seen-on-Shark Tank product “WORKS GREAT! Easy to use and fast. Highly recommend!” Plus, your paper will no longer have ragged, crooked edges.

Stick to a Color Scheme

Consider picking a unified color scheme when choosing your Christmas gift wrap. If all of your gift wrap, bows and other embellishments coordinate, you can quickly grab each element, knowing it matches. Plus, everything will look beautiful under the tree.

Try shimmery silvers and golds, traditional red and green, or go modern with all black and white paper topped with red accents.

If you have to toss out any unneeded wrapping paper, it’s important to know what type of wrapping paper is recyclable.

Erica Young
Erica Young is a freelance writer and content creator, specializing in home and lifestyle pieces. She loves writing about home decor, organization, relationships, and pop culture. She holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Arizona State University, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.