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A packaged yellow plastic tablecloth.

Using Tablecloths as Gift WrapLarge vinyl tablecloths are inexpensive and often seasonally decorated. They are the perfect solution to wrapping large gifts. This is a page about using tablecloths as gift wrap.


A boy holding a large wrapped Christmas present.

Wrapping Large GiftsA big box or oddly shaped large present can be difficult to wrap. Here are some tips to help you wrap it beautifully and keep the surprise until it is opened. This is a page about wrapping large gifts.


Tying the plain box with paper ribbon.

Packing Paper Gift WrapI always have a lot of packing paper from home deliveries and thought I'd use some of it to wrap gifts for Christmas this year. The paper is very strong and also lends itself well for making 'ribbon' for gifts.


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Finding Pump A Present Instructions?Does anyone still have a Pump A Present instruction booklet or video available?


A hand stamped gift wrapped package.

Five Minute Emergency Gift WrapMy mom got a last minute invite to an event and she needed to take a gift along. As a crafter, I always have gifts that could be given, but what to do to wrap the gift? There was no time for water colors or food colors, as I needed to make gift wrap that would dry almost instantly and would still look presentable.


Wrapped package with photo id tag for child to use.

Using Photos as Christmas Gift TagsAdding photos to your holiday gifts and gift tags makes it very easy, even for young children, to help distribute the gifts under the tree or at a family party.


Butcher paper wrapped gifts embellished with paper snowflakes and dried orange slices.

Thrifty Holiday Gift WrappingSave money and get creative with your holiday gift wrapping by reusing items you already have, such as brown paper bags, colorful paper napkins, and tissue paper. This page contains ideas for thrifty holiday gift wrapping.


Wrapped Gift Certificate

Wrapping Gift CertificatesGet creative when wrapping gift certificates. Don't just put them in an envelope and stick on a bow. Have your wrapping preview or hint at the gift inside. This is a page about wrapping gift certificates.



Gift Bags

How to Make Scented Gift BagsThis page explains an easy way to scent your gift bags intended for friends and family who enjoy fragrances. This is a page about how to make scented gift bags.


Rolls of wallpaper.

Using Wallpaper for Wrapping PresentsThis is a page about using wallpaper for wrapping presents. Wallpaper is sturdy and comes in many colors and motifs, making it a nice alternative to ordinary wrapping paper. Use leftovers from your last project or remnants found at thrift stores or yard sales.


A huge wrapped gift with pink wrapping paper and a bow on top.

Putting a Small Gift Inside a Big Box?This is a page about putting a small gift inside a big box. One fun way to keep a small gift a surprise until it is opened is to place it in a much larger box or container.


Unique Gift Card or Cash Wrapping

Making a Book Gift Card HolderThis is a page about making a book gift card holder. A unique gift box for cash, a small gift, or a gift card can be made out of an old book.


Making Reusable Gift Tags

Making Reusable Gift TagsThis is a page about reusable gift tags. Gift tags don't need to be disposable. With some creativity you can create beautiful tags that can be reused.


brown paper gift wrap

Frugal Gift Wrapping IdeasThis is a page about frugal gift wrapping ideas. It doesn't have to cost much to create attractive wrapping for presents.


A wedding gift wrapped with white paper and a blue ribbon tied in a bow.

Wrapping Wedding GiftsThis is a page about wrapping wedding gifts. Wedding are very special occasions, so you will want your gift to look good on the outside by using pretty or formal wrapping techniques.


Cylindrical Gift

Wrapping Cylindrical GiftsThis is a page about wrapping cylindrical gifts. Wrapping a cylindrical package can be more challenging than the typical rectangular box.


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Gift Wrapping Odd Shaped PresentsThis is a page about gift wrapping odd shaped presents. Odd shaped gift items and boxes can be very frustrating to wrap.


Photo of gift bags at a store.

Saving Money on Gift BagsThis page is about saving money on gift bags. There are many different ways to save money on gift bags.


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Use Stickers To Personalize Wrapping PaperDo you get those free address label stickers from charities soliciting money around the holidays? Don't throw them away. Cut off the addresses, leaving only the cute graphics behind.


Neckties Tied to a Wooden Dowel

Wrapping a Present With Neckties?This is a page about wrapping a present with neckties. A creative and fun way to reuse neckties is as giftwrap. Neckties are often easily found in secondhand stores or in your own closet and come in a variety of colors and styles.


Make Your Own Wrapping Paper - gift wrapped in the paper

Homemade Wrapping Paper IdeasInstead of buying rolls of preprinted wrapping paper, why not make your own. This is a great way to add a special personal touch to any birthday, wedding or Christmas gift. This is a page about making homemade wrapping paper.


Reusable Gift Wrap Ideas, Decorated flower pot as gift container.

Reusable Gift Wrap IdeasThis is a page about reusable gift wrap ideas. While very pretty, wrapping paper can be costly and is generally only used once. An alternative to the traditional gift paper is to wrap your gift in a reusable item such as a cloth tote, a baby blanket, or a flower pot; you get the idea.


Wrapping a Present, Woman in Green Wrapping a Present

Wrapping a PresentThis is a page about wrapping a present. Whether it's flashy paper and thick coiled ribbon or simple brown paper tied with a string, wrapping a present can be an important part of gift giving.



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Use Packaging Tape as RibbonUse decorative packaging tape as faux ribbon.


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Package Gifts in Reusable ContainersIf you visit the dollar store to buy gift bags for presents, instead of buying a bag, buy a small plastic ice bucket, trash can, food storage container, colander, etc. to hold the gift. For the same price as the gift bag, you are buying a reusable item.


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Fruit Netting For Gift WrapI like to use the 'netting' that oranges, apples, and grapefruit sometimes comes in from the grocery store to make either a net 'ribbon' or a cute net overlay wrap for gifts. It is easy to work with and is a great way to recycle!


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Repairing Crushed Gift Bows?How can I repair crushed gift bows?


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Gift Bags Instead of Wrapping PaperThe bags can be used over and over, in fact in our family it's fun to go to a party and see a bag you bought being used again. I have started to give gifts in the reusable grocery bags.


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Unusual Gift Wrapping Ideas?I love to do crafts for Christmas, and normally I will make some presents. Does anyone have any unique and cute ways to make bags, boxes or anything to wrap gifts?


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Use Photo Tags for Pre-ReadersWe have a lot of little ones, (pre-readers), and come Christmas morning there is a big rush to open gifts. So to let everyone help give out the gifts and let Mom and Dad enjoy the activities, we came up with an easy name tag idea.


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Creative Way to Give a Gift Card?I bought a friend a gift card to a store. What would be a creative way to give it to them?


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Use Shredded Colored Paper Instead Of Tissue In Gift BagsRan out of colored tissue paper and had a black gift bag to stuff - so I ran some colored advertising pages plus some bright-colored computer paper in our shredder. (I put a garbage bag on our receptacle to catch the shredded paper.)


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Surprise Gift in a Soup CanI got one of those one touch can openers. I took a good size can, opened it on the bottom, filled it with candy, a scarf, socks, etc. I then glued the bottom back on and, TaDa!: a can of "soup".


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Giving a Large Gift?I am looking for a creative way to give a gift that can not be wrapped because it is too big and it also needs to stay outside?


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Candy and Cookie Gift PackagingMaxwell House Coffee cans, 13 oz. size, have an inner metal ring just under the lid that strengthens the can and avoids sharp edges. Also, the thin plastic covering peels away easily leaving a shiny container that needs no other decoration. I use these to pack my best candies and cookies for gifts. I use a circle of waxed paper between layers and top the container with a bow. By Elizabeth


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Gift Box Tag? Please, does anyone know the words to the tag attached to decorate a pretty little box that is empty? It went something like this...



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Ideas for Giftwrapping Cookware?I'm giving a rather large and heavy set of cookware as a wedding/shower gift and I'm looking for suggestions to wrap it. I'm afraid paper will rip while I'm wrapping it or when I try to handle it.


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Wrapping a Box Social Meal in a Creative Way?Do you have an idea of how to wrap a present that is filled with food? We have a box social this weekend and I want to wrap it in some creative way.


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Wrapping Bulky Items?How do I wrap a large purse and hat cheaply?


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Finding Pump A Present Instructions?Does anyone still have a Pump A Present instruction booklet or video available?


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Wrapping Awkward Items?How do you wrap a small odd shaped gift? I bought some HotWheel cars, and the packaging makes it very hard to look nice. Short of taking the cars out of the package, I'm at a loss, they look like a jumbled mess.


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How Do I Wrap a Package Using Neck Ties?I am looking for the directions to wrap a package with ties. I know that it is woven, but I don't want to cut the ties.


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