Ready to Wrap
Birthdays, holidays, aniversaries, showers and special events call for packages with pizzazz. Be ready to wrap year-round by keeping supplies on hand and organized in your office, closet or other spot.
Conceal. The most organized appearance is a uniform one. Even if you meticulously arrange items, the most visually appealing way to store things is behind a door. Use a closet, cupboard or armoire. Freestanding, DIY cabinets are easy to add to a large closet or hallway.
Organize. Wrapping materials should be grouped and stored by type. Arrange by color, size, material and occasion to keep things orderly.
Store. Tension rods, hooks, shelves, organizers and containers all have their place in a gift-wrapping cupboard. Keep everything visible by placing shorter items in the front. Use untapped vertical space to maximize storage capacity.
Keep these elements stocked for stress-free wrapping that doesn’t involve a special trip to the store.
1. Boxes. Keep a variety of sizes on hand to quickly package any present.
2. Bags. Just add some tissue paper and the wrapping is done.
3. Blank tags & cards. Write a message to fit the occasion on a short-and-sweet tag or a heartfelt card.
4. Wrapping paper. General patterns and colors make wrapping for any event easy.
5. Tape. Stock rolls of clear, double-sided and colored tape to seal packages.
6. Scissors. For the cleanest cuts, designate a pair for cutting paper and curling ribbons.
7. Bows. Add a finishing touch with personality.
8. Ribbon. Store an assortment of colors and styles.
9. Pens. Keep a few good ones handy to write a note and sign a name.
10. Tissue paper. Fold and store flat so it’s ready when needed.
Put a label on it.
Small, easy-to-lose items need clearly marked name tags. Use labels for groups of similar items that might get overlooked or scattered, below. Gift tags, cards, tissue paper, bows, tape, and other materials are best grouped in labeled containers. Download our tags here. Also consider how you work and what tools you need, then group tools together so tasks go smoothly.
Stay on a roll.
Selecting and cutting wrapping paper and ribbon is most efficient when rolls are easy to access. Wrapping paper and large rolls of ribbon can be placed on tension rods, opposite, and stacked upright inside a cabinet or between shelves. Thinner spools can be strung across the width of the organizer with two cup hooks and heavy cord, below.
Contain the excitement.
For easy organization, remove wrapping materials from their original packaging and place them in storage containers. Glass vases, metal canisters and wire baskets make it easy to find the wrappings and other items, while keeping things contained. Divide items by color or size to efficiently organize and access.
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