Wrapping a Christmas present is easier if it's placed in a box. If the present didn't come with a box, place it inside an appropriately sized gift box and securely tape the box shut. Next, determine how much wrapping paper you'll need to cover the present. To do this, place the gift on a large sheet of paper. Cut enough paper so that each side, when brought around the box, reaches slightly more than halfway across it.
Place the gift box upside down on the cut sheet of wrapping paper. Do not center the box; place it toward the edge of one long end, leaving just enough paper to fold up and over the edge of the box. Fold that edge up and tape the paper to the box. Fold the other long end over the gift box, pull tightly, and fold the end under so the crease runs along the edge of the box. Line the edge of the box with double-sided tape and then press the creased paper onto the tape.
Next, fold in the ends of the paper by laying the gift on its side. Starting at one end, fold a short side toward the center of the box, creating a crisp, pointed end at the corner of each long end of the paper. Tape in place. Repeat this step for the remaining short ends on each side of the gift. Fold the bottom flap up on each side and secure with double-sided tape. Then fold the top flaps down, securing again with double-sided tape.
Be sure to pull the paper tight at each step and make each crease sharp for a professional look.
Once the Christmas present is wrapped, it's time to make it look pretty. Dress up the present with a beautiful bow made from ribbon that complements the wrapping paper. Follow our simple step-by-step instructions to make any of these pretty bows:
Finish wrapping the present with a handmade or store-bought gift tag and voila! You have a Christmas present worthy of a wrapping professional that will delight any recipient.