How to Wrap a Gift for Christmas Like a Professional

This step-by-step guide will ensure your Christmas gifts look better than ever.

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You may think that picking out the perfect Christmas present is the hardest part of the holiday season. That is, until you get out all your wrapping paper and ribbon and then remember you don't know how to wrap a gift—properly, at least. To avoid the process, some resort to Christmas gift baskets, Mason jars, or gift bags. Although these are all tried-and-true ways to make your presents look pretty, learning how to wrap a gift is easier than you actually thought.

To learn how to wrap a gift like a professional, we tapped Macy's gift wrapping expert, Belle Wesel, for her knowledge. Soon, you'll be on your way to wrapping anything from small gifts for your coworkers to larger Christmas presents for your kids. Because practice makes perfect, we suggest you start learning how to wrap a gift right now. The reason? Come Christmastime, you won't have to worry about wrapping presents (and you'll be able to quickly wrap all of those last-minute Christmas gifts too!). More importantly, you'll have extra time for putting up decorations, trimming your Christmas tree, and other Christmas activities.

Once you learn how to wrap a gift, we encourage you to get creative with gift wrapping ideas by turning your boxes into snowmen, accenting them with tiny Christmas trees, or using unique DIY gift tags. What's more, these gift-wrapping tips extending beyond the holiday season. Now, wrapping birthday and anniversary presents is a breeze. So grab your favorite holiday paper, ribbon, and tape, and start learning how to wrap a gift, because Christmas will be here before you know it!

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What You'll Need
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To add some personality to your package, we suggest getting creative with your ribbon choice. You can even curl traditional ribbon to make the look a little more fun.

SHOP RIBBON

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!

SHOP GIFT BOXES

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.

SHOP WRAPPING PAPER

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.

SHOP DOUBLE-SIDED TAPE

Step 1: Cut Wrapping Paper
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Place the box facedown on top of your gift wrap, leaving the paper attached to roll. Use scissors to cut paper along one side, making a wide enough sheet to cover both sides of the box.

Step 2: Fold Over
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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: Join Ends
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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: Close Open Ends
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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.

Step 5: Fold Down
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Fold down top flap. Crease sharply along the top of box, then crease again where paper meets the bottom edge of box. Cut paper along that bottom crease. Adhere to the box.

Step 6: Get Rid of Excess Paper
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Fold under any excess paper on the bottom flap so that it lines up perfectly with the top of box. Apply double-sided tape to the bottom flap, then fold it over the top flap and adhere.

Step 7: Close Other Side
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Repeat steps four through six on the box's remaining open end. Finish all sides by running your pinched thumb and forefinger along edges to create sharp lines.

Step 8: Add Ribbon
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Lay the wrapped box facedown on a length of ribbon (about five times as long as box). Pull ends of ribbon up and bring right end over the left. Pull widthwise so they cross.

Step 9: Thread Ribbon
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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: Make a Double Knot
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Double-knot the ribbon, then tie into a simple bow. Use your fingers to shape the loops.

Step 11: Trim Ends
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Pinch the ribbon ends lengthwise and cut at a 45-degree angle to create forked ends, as shown. That's it—all wrapped up!

Step 12: You're Done!
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With your first package all finished, the rest should be a breeze. What's more, your loved ones will be impressed with your wrapping skills.

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