If you’re like most of us, you’ve shopped online or scoured Palmer Township, PA for the best deals, and your holiday gifts are squirreled away all over your Palmer View apartment — or perhaps they are stacked neatly in a closet if you are the organized type. Either way, it’s normal if they still await wrapping. Today, we’ve got some tips for getting everything all wrapped up in time for the gift giving to begin.
Set Up a Wrapping Station
This is especially useful if you need to wrap all your gifts over the course of a couple of evenings. Choose a place that has a flat surface to wrap on, such as a table, a counter, or even the floor. It is much easier to measure and cut paper on a flat surface. Gather all of the things you will need for wrapping, and put them together in a container — a large clear tote is ideal for storage. Some things you may want to put in it include scissors, tape, bows, curling ribbon, raffia, gift tags, sharpies, pens, gift bags, tissue paper, and a variety of wrapping paper options.
Use boxes for your gifts. It’s more efficient and easy to wrap uniform sized boxes. And random sized bits and pieces of an oddly shaped gift don’t poke out through a box. Cut the paper to fit the box. Avoid using too much, as extra paper just gets in the way and looks clunky.
Consider alternatives to paper for wrapping, especially if you run out last minute! For example, a pretty pillowcase makes a good gift wrap for larger, odd-shaped gifts (and it won’t rip open). Be creative! It can be fun to add your own touch to wrapping supplies. Use newsprint or a roll of brown paper, for instance, decorated with stencils, artwork, or even messages to your intended recipient.
Make it a Party
Wrapping presents can become a tedious exercise. Invite a couple of friends to come over and wrap their presents, too (or just to help you with yours. The ensuing conversation will make the time fly by. If you find yourself wrapping gifts solo, pop in your favorite movie or music playlist to help you stay energized and to pass the time. Even though wrapping takes planning, time, and effort, it will be worth it when you see your carefully chosen gifts being opened.
What tips do you have for getting everything all wrapped up? Feel free to share in the comments. We want to wish all of the residents of our apartment community happy holidays! Thanks for reading today’s blog post.