Steph Barnes
December 24, 2016 7:28 am
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You made your list, you’ve checked it twice, and by some miracle you’ve successfully acquired all the well thought out and last-minute Christmas gifts and goodies you set out to find. *high five* Now comes the super fun part and by “super fun” we mean the most exhausting, time consuming activity known to (wo)man — gift wrapping! You’re probably thinking, “What’s the point? It just gets ripped open in the end anyway!” We feel your pain but presentation is important. Why? Because yours can’t be the only messy ill-shaped gift sitting under the tree. We just won’t have it!

This year we’re going to help you fix those wonky corners with these great hacks that’ll take your gift wrapping skills to the next level.

Seriously, if a 9-year-old can be a gift-wrapping champion, so can you.

1Here’s the Japanese gift wrapping hack:

2Make your own “wrapping paper” by adding simple designs to a plain brown box:

3If you’ve got small gifts to wrap the candy method will work perfectly:

4Avoid the lumps and wrap your stuffed toys using this method:

5Forget the all the sticky tape and ribbons and try this origami style method instead: 

6Use a piece of floral fabric or an old scarf to cover all your bulky edges:

7This method is ideal for wrapping oddly shaped gifts:

8 Put those math skills to use with this mathematical wrapping hack:

9Can’t find any boxes? No problem, just make your own:

10But the DIY fun doesn’t have to stop there, make your own gift bows too:

11 And finally, if wrapping really isn’t your thing these DIY gift bags will do the trick:

Looks almost too easy, right? Now that we’ve given you all the best hacks and tricks, stop procrastinating and start wrapping. You’ve got this!