Gift Wrapping Guide: Tips and Tricks for the Perfectly Wrapped Gifts

This time of year has so many gift guides flying around, but there are no guides out there for gift wrapping. As someone who worked in the Luxury Goods world for many years, I have been subjected to many training sessions on how to wrap gifts perfectly….well…..nearly anyway! This year I wanted to impart some of the tricks and tips I have picked up. 
Giving gifts is such an amazing thing. The joy you pass onto others can never be replicated. It doesn’t have to be a big thing, it can be as simple as a bar of chocolate, but if it is wrapped with the care and attention you would give a pair of diamond earring, it makes it that little bit more special.
Today I wanted to show you little ways I like to wrap gifts to give them that extra wow….and how to wrap something circular. 

(Side Note: after working for a luxury brand for 2 years, I have mastered the art of wrapping a circular candle with only a piece of paper, scissors and ribbon…no tape required……this is now my party trick.)

Anyway, enough rabbiting on….time to get into the Gift Wrapping Guide:

Tip 1: Pick Good Tools
This week I sat down and picked out all the tools I need for wrapping all the gifts I have to give this year. In The House of Lotz, i have decided that this year i need the following:


Scissors, Washi Tape or Sticky Dots, Ribbon, Wrapping Paper and The Kikki.k Christmas Paper Lover’s Book.
The Paper Lover Books from Kikki.k are amazing! This little one has the usual scrapbook pages, pop out envelopes, gift tags, stickers and make your own decorations. I decided that this would be perfect to create that extra special layer to gifts this year.

Note: you need a really good pair of scissors. They have to be mega sharp! 
Tip 2: Pick a Theme

This sounds crazy, but this is really important! When you look under the tree, all the gifts from you should be easily picked out, so people will know that they came from your loving hands.


Every year I go for brown paper….this is a money saving effort on my part. You can get brown paper all year round, and all you need to do for different occasions is to add different coloured ribbons. 
Tip 3: Measure, Fold, Measure, Fold!

When you wrap presents, you should always measure the gift against the paper to make sure you do not use too much….and it stops you getting those ugly lumpy bits that really make me sad! With the least amount of paper means you get the crispest folds and lines. This makes your gift look professionally wrapped in store without having to add the extra cost in.


Note: Don’t be afraid to get in there with your nails on the folds. The crisper the lines the better.
Tip 4: The Little Details Matter

I’m a stickler for a the little details. The right cut in the end of your ribbon, the teeny little addition of a bow, and the use of coloured washi tape can really make the difference in a gift. All of a sudden the little box you have wrapped has turned into a masterpiece!


Note: Cut little V’s into you ribbon to get that crisp finish.

Tip 5: Round Gifts
So, this is my step by step on how to wrap a round gift…using all the tips I have given you above:

 

1)Measure your paper

2) Tightly wrap the gift and secure the edge of the paper with a sticky dot

Make small cuts in the paper following the line around the gift


Fold the pieces down tightly


Secure your pieces down with some fancy washi tape


Repeat on the other end

Secure with a bow

So, that is The House of Lotz Gift Wrapping Guide.

I hope this has been helpful for you all! If you give any of these tips a try, please let me know on Instagram at @thehouseoflotz or with the hashtag #thehouseoflotz so I can see what you have all been up to!

Have a great weekend! Hugs and Love xXx

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