How To Gift Wrap Any Present

Dec 10, 2021

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Known as the ‘Gift Wrap Guru’, Jane Means is a gift wrapping specialist and adviser who has worked alongside some of the most exclusive luxury brands in the world. A regular on TV and an acclaimed author, she has literally written the book on gift wrapping (it’s called Gift Wrapped) so certainly knows all there is to know on how to wrap Christmas presents.

One of the most stressful parts of the festive season, once you’ve carefully selected all the perfect gifts for your loved ones you still have the arduous task of wrapping them ahead of you. It’s easy to quickly get lost under a mound of glittery paper, ribbons and sticky tape and even the best efforts can descend into chaos if you’re dealing with tricky present shapes and unusual gifts. Whether you're wondering how to wrap ribbon around a present or would just like to learn how to gift wrap like a pro, here Jane shares her top tips...

Jane Means
Jane Means
Jane Means

How To Wrap Bottles

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Jane Means
gift wrapping bottle
Jane Means

A bottle of bubbly, someone’s favorite wine or even a reusable water bottle is an ever popular choice for Christmas presents. But the asymmetrical shape can make them a headache to wrap and present stylishly.

Items that are tall such as bottles are sometimes tricky to wrap. Flexible materials such as tissue, cellophane, fabric, and crepe paper are often better to use than wrapping paper as they mould around the shape. I love to use tissue and cellophane as it’s easily available and can be recycled

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  • It’s a good idea to cut some ribbon first and place your bottle in the centre of the tissue and cellophane
  • Grab the edges and pull up to the top of the bottle so neat pleats are formed. Swap hands halfway around and repeat
  • Secure the tissue and cellophane with a pretty bow… you could also add a decoration such as a tassels, baubles or some sticks from a country walk
  • This method is quick and easy after some practice!

How To Wrap Tins And Jars

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Jane Means
tin gift wrapped
Jane Means

Many common Christmas presents from tasty biscuits and chocolates, to skincare and beauty products come in tins which can be exceptionally hard to wrap beautifully.

Circular or hexagonal tins or jars can be very challenging to wrap for many so I prefer to use a good quality paper for this so you can avoid any accidental tears.

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  • Measure your paper first allowing enough to go around the tin plus a little extra. The paper at the lid and base should measure just over halfway
  • Gently pull the paper into the centre so it resembles a bicycle wheel
  • Secure with double sided tape
  • Add decorations and embellishments onto tins as this will hide any mistakes
  • If you are wrapping a hexagonal tin you will find that you will have less pleats which are larger in size

How To Wrap Plants And Flowers

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Jane Means
Jane Means
Jane Means

No home is complete without a dash of greenery, making plants and flowers a fabulous gift idea for any occasion but with soil, unusual pots and the plants themselves getting in the way they can be a nightmare to wrap.

  • Plants often have soggy bases and can be troublesome to wrap
  • A paper tablecloth moulds around the plant pot easily. They are extremely versatile and they don’t dissipate like wet tissue
  • Available from supermarkets and department stores they are inexpensive and come in an array of colours

How To Wrap Vouchers And Flat Presents

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Jane Means
gift wrap
Jane Means

From socks and photo frames to books and gift cards, some of the best Christmas gifts are small and flat, but how do you make that look appealing for gift giving?

Items that are flat or floppy such as ties, socks, picture frames, gift vouchers and clothing can be tricky to tackle. But they can easily be wrapped by making an envelope style pouch with good quality wrapping paper.

gift wrap
Jane Means
gift wrap
Jane Means
  • You will need an oblong of paper with enough paper to go around the flat object and approximately 4 cm each side
  • Fold over the long sides and with some clever folding and double sided tape you can easily transform any off cuts of giftwrap into versatile pouches for your gifts
  • Accessorise with ribbon and embellishment and voila, you have a gift wrapped masterpiece

How to Wrap Large Presents

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If you’re wrapping a particularly large gift such as a bike or a pizza oven, you may need something a little stronger than everyday gift wrap. For larger gifts that come in boxes, you could use fabric, paper tablecloths or cellophane from a florist, these materials are much more durable than gift wrap and are less likely to tear before Christmas morning.

For large gifts that are an awkward shape, a bike is a great example, you could use a festive-themed bed sheet in place of wrapping paper. Start by standing the bike on top of the bed sheet. Bring the bed sheet around the bike, then bring the two sides in and tie them into the center in a knot. Fluff out the sides so it resembles a bow and then use baubles and other decorations to add the finishing touch.

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How To Wrap Other Awkward Presents

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Not all gifts have a traditional shape, but this doesn’t mean they have to look untidy under your tree. Whether it’s an unusually shaped toy, a teapot or a pair of bookends, there’s one quick and simple gift wrap method that’s perfect for odd shapes.

Start with tissue paper that’s much larger than the item you’re wrapping. Tissue paper is easier to work with and is more forgiving than traditional wrapping paper. Place your item in the middle of the tissue paper and gather all the edges around it to form a parcel. Cinch the top of the tissue paper and use string to tie it securely.

How to Wrap Everything Else

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Gift wrap like a professional with these tips and tricks for even the simplest of gifts. From books to pajamas, these relatively easy-to-wrap gifts can be taken to the next level with a little practice.

The most important thing to remember is to take some measurements before you start. This will avoid cutting off too much gift wrap, or worse, not having enough. Make sure that the roll of paper you’re using is two to three inches longer than the total of each side of the gift and secure sides with double sided tape for a cleaner finish. Add the finishing touch by laying it face down on a roll of ribbon (roughly five times as long as the gift). Pull each end of the ribbon and bring the right end over the left, turn the box around and thread each end under the ribbon that’s already in place. Finish your masterpiece by tying the remaining ribbon into a tidy bow.

Add The Finishing Touches

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Make your presents look picture-perfect with some final festive flourishes. Whether you choose to keep it traditional with dried orange slices and holly berries, or prefer a glittering finish with sequinned ribbon and jingle bells, these decorative details will be the star of the show this festive season.