The Definitive Guide on How to Wrap a Gift

Wrap your Christmas gifts just like a professional thanks to this easy step-by-step guide with tips from Macy’s gift-wrapping expert Belle Wesel. Use her brilliant secret (shhh, it’s double-sided tape!) to beautify your holiday gift box. Follow it up with ribbon, or a creative gift topper, and your present will be tree-ready.

What You’ll Need

In our opinion, you can never go wrong with a wide grosgrain, but feel free to get creative with your choice. Curling ribbon is an easy way to add some personality to your package.

It’s so much easier to wrap something square or rectangular. Do yourself a favor and pack your gift into a box. Taping it shut is optional!

The cardinal rule for choosing wrapping paper: The thicker, the better. To facilitate the trimming process, look for a roll with a grid pattern on the back.

Dealing with hand cramps before Christmas? A sharp pair of scissors with a comfortable handle is key when you have a pile of gifts to tackle.

Here’s our trick from the pros: Double-sided tape is your secret weapon for a neat seam. Stock up on a bulk package of rolls now— you’ll use them all before December 25.

Step 1

Lay the box facedown atop gift wrap, leaving paper attached to roll. Use scissors to cut paper along one side, yielding a wide enough sheet to cover both sides of the box.

Step 2

While standing on the same side of the table as the roll, pull paper tautly up and over the far end of the box. Adhere with double-sided tape, and crease paper along the box’s edge with thumb and forefinger.

Step 3

Unroll paper and bring it to meet the already wrapped end. Cut paper from roll, leaving an inch of overhang. Fold that inch under and crease along the fold. Adhere using double-sided tape.

Step 4

Now it’s time to tackle one of the open ends of the box: Push sides of paper inward, creating four 45-degree-angle flaps, then crease along flaps.

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Turn the box over. You should have two ribbon ends of about the same length. Thread each end under the ribbon already in place, as shown.

Step 10

Double-knot the ribbon, then tie into a simple bow. Use your fingers to shape the loops.

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