The Christmas preparations have begun. Normal day-to-day life is busy enough and now we have lots of festive chores to add to our seemingly neverending to-do lists. This year I’m determined to have a stress-free Christmas and you can too. At the end of the day, we all know the most important part of the occasion is spending time with our friends and family. Therefore, I’m happy to save time on tasks wherever I can. Take a lot at five tips to help you save time wrapping Christmas presents:
1. Use Large Rolls of Wrapping Paper
Some people prefer to wrap presents as they buy them, personally, I like to wait until I have lots of presents for family members or Christmas presents for boyfriend (or all the presents for at least one person) and then spend an evening wrapping multiple presents. I find I’m a lot quicker when I use large rolls of Christmas wrapping paper. Personally, I like to use rolls of brown paper, as it’s easy to recycle (as long as it’s not printed on or decorated with glitter). You can use brown paper all year round and it’s easy to buy so you’ll never have a Christmas wrapping paper panic again.
2. Use Custom Christmas Tags
Once you’ve wrapped your present, you need to label it so you don’t get in a muddle. To save time, you can print out your own labels or use customised Christmas tags. Aura Print make great custom tags for Christmas presents. Custom Christmas Gift Tag Printing can be used for business or personal use. Choose the size, paper type, drill hole, string colour and artwork and Aura Print will create high-quality professional tags for you. You could even choose a luxurious lamination finish for gloss, matt and soft touch to add an extra classy touch.
Choose double-sided printing so you can have a decorative print on one side and “For and From” or whichever wording you choose, on the other.
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3. Use a Tape Dispenser (or Tearable Washi Tape)
My best friend (other than a glass of Irish Cream) when I’m wrapping presents is my tape dispenser. Whether you choose eco, brown or patterned tape, a dispenser makes it so much easier and faster to wrap presents. A tape cutter enables you to grab your tape with one hand so you can keep the other hand on the wrapping paper. Tearable Washi Tape is useful too.
4. Simple Decorations
Brown paper and a pretty tag looks simple and effective and will save you a lot of time. However, if you do want to add colourful decorations to your presents- it is Christmas, after all, then consider some extra decorations. “Brown paper packages tied up with string” really are a few of my favourite things. Natural or red and white twine looks lovely tied around a present. You can also tie a bundle of presents together for each person if this works out size and shape wise. Once the twine is tied, it’s so easy to clip or tie a decoration onto the string. Natural adornments like real holly and mistletoe look beautifully rustic. I’ve used artificial holly, leftover from Christmas crafts last year. It’s quick to clip on and I just love the pop of colour. Although artificial holly isn’t as eco-friendly as natural, it is of course, reusable.
5. Use a Personalised Christmas Stamp
If you print your own labels or order professionally printed tags, you could choose to completely print your family labels and just leave the “To/For” section blank to handwrite the recipient’s name. Many people like to leave this blank, either because they prefer the personal handwritten touch or because the text changes from person to person. I do love handwritten tags, however, when you’re writing out hundreds of tags, it does become a chore and I know my family wouldn’t want me losing sleep staying up late to write everything out.
Therefore, we have a customised Christmas family stamp that we’ve had for years. We use it for the presents that are “from all of us”. Luckily, our stamp fits perfectly onto our Aura Print Christmas tags and looks great. These tags, together with our stamper will save us so much time while wrapping presents this year.
More tips to Save Time Wrapping Christmas Presents
As I mentioned at the start of the post, personally I think it saves time if you postpone wrapping until you’ve bought most of your presents. Then spend an evening or evenings at a designated wrapping station in your home- whether this is at your dining table, on the living room floor or on a double bed.
Remember that if you live with others, then the Christmas wrapping should not all fall onto you. Make sure everyone helps out (but not while you’re wrapping their presents, obviously!).
When you have a lot of presents for one person (usually the children), then you don’t need to label every single present individually. Instead, place all of the presents into a stocking, gift bag or sack and use one label for this instead.
So, gather all your Christmas presents together, get your rolls of brown paper, custom printed tags, tape dispenser, decorations and personalised stamper ready, pour yourself a festive drink, stick on a corny Christmas movie and get wrapping!
What tips do you have to save time wrapping Christmas presents?
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