How to Wrap the Perfect Holiday Present

Posted by Allison Fierce on Dec 9, 2014 9:00:00 AM


The holidays are right around the corner and that means delicious food and special times. This time of year is also marked by gifts! Giving someone something you know that they will love and will make them feel special can bring us joy.


Selecting the perfect gift isn't the only thing to think about over these next few weeks. As we all know, the presentation of your gift is also important. Giving a beautifully wrapped gift makes the experience even more special and gets the recipient even more excited to open it.

Here's a little tutorial on how to perfectly wrap a present for all those gifts you will soon be giving.

For starters, here are some supplies you will need to get started.


  • Gift Box
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Festive Ribbon

First, put your gift in the box of your choosing. Next, place the gift box face down on the undecorated side of your wrapping paper. Center the box on the paper and cut the wrapping paper, leaving enough material to cover the bottom portion of the gift when the two ends are pulled together.  


Bring the paper around the sides to cover the "bottom" and secure the paper to the box with clear tape. If the box is rectangular, you want the bottom of the seam of the wrapping paper to run along the length of the box.


Once you have the main portion of the box covered, you will need to work on securing the ends. If the size of your box and wrapping paper leaves you with a lot of excess paper on either end, trim off the excess, leaving just a enough to cover the ends of the package.


Starting with one end, gently fold down the upper flap, gently creasing the paper against the edge of the box. Secure with a piece of tape. 


Next, you will fold in the sides. Grab the middle of the triangle shapped side and bring it to the box as seen above. Then crease the paper, making it easy to then fold up the lower flap. Secure the lower flap with tape. Now turn your box right side up to prepair to attach the bow. If you ever forget which end is up, remember that the outer taped flap will  face toward the bottom of your package. This helps us know that the package below needs to be turned over. 


With the ribbon of your choice, bring the ribbon up and around the present and double knot the ribbon in the center of the package. Cut off any excess ribbon, leaving only enough to tie on the bow that we will make..


To make the actual bow, gather another length of ribbon that is several inches to several feet long depending on the size of bow you are wanting to make. Try to keep the size of the package in mind when choosing the lenght of your ribbon. 


With a simple satin ribbon, a simple, two-loop bow works beautifully. This can be made with the same motions as tying the bows on your shoe laces.


Place the bow in the center of the ribbon on the package. Using the ends of the box's ribbon, tie a knot with it around the center of the bow. This attaches the bow to the package. Tuck any ends of the knot behind the boxe's ribbon or into one of the knots. 


This attached bow technique keeps your bow even and facing the right direction on your box. Fluff up the bow loops, and straighten out the excess ribbon to finish the look.

And that's it! Now, you have a beautifully packaged gift that your recipient will love.

If you don't feel confident in your gift wrapping abilities, let us help you! Gift wrapping is available in our retail location as well as for many of our items in our online boutique.


For those online orders that are eligible for gift wrapping, our exquisite gift packaging features a custom gray Postcard from Paris Home gift box topped off with a silver silk ribbon bow.

Find last minuite gifts for your loved ones online or in our retail boutique where our retail specialists can help you select the perfect gift items that your recipients will be sure to love.

What is the best gift you have ever received? Did the way it was presented or wrapped make you love the gift even more?

Topics: tips, holidays

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