Every year around this time I start stocking up on gift wrap supplies – and creative gift wrap ideas. I save random bits of string and ribbon that come on packages. I keep the pretty tissue paper that comes in the clothing purchases, and basically keep my eye out for any cool looking paper I see lying around. Sometimes it’s a newspaper that has managed to only be black and white – no colored ads for the cheapest sofa’s around or giant pictures or weird and scandalous people of interest. Sometimes it’s a 95% used up roll of butcher paper at my office. What I’m getting at here, is that I throw stuff together for wrapping haha.
I always have to bring my gifts on the plane in my carry on which usually makes for a precarious wrapping scenario. Do I wrap it beforehand so no one sees their gift and hope it doesn’t get smooshed or torn up by TSA? Do I add bulk to my luggage by bringing all of the supplies separately and wrap everything once I get there?
The answer is a combination of both. I usually go ahead and wrap the boxes, leaving off any extra decoration like ribbons or gift tags (I make a note on the bottom so I’m sure to remember who’s gift is who’s – forgot that one year and ended up unwrapping and re-wrapping the gifts.) This saves me some trouble when I get there because no one can snoop and see what I’ve gotten them. Then, once I have arrived, I add the fun stuff!
Check out some of my favorite gift wrapping ideas from around the web below. P.S. there are loads more over on my pinterest.