Last Minute Gift Wrapping Ideas

Like 90% of the world, I’m a procrastinator. During the holidays the means two things. One, I just bought everyones presents yesterday. Two, I’m wrapping them tonight. This year, now that I’m a mom, I did most of my shopping online and placed my order 11:32PM last night and paid an extra $40 to get overnight shipping. No shame.

My favorite part about Christmas, believe it or not, is wrapping up the gifts. Usually, that’s most peoples hated task around the holidays, but I love it. This year I decided to up my game and really perfect my gift wrapping craft. And the best part, I didn’t break the bank!

We all know how expensive the holidays are, the last thing you need is to spend a fortune for gift wrapping. I mean lets be real it look great and all but it’s going to get tossed out anyway. The cheapest yet most effective option is to know where to get your gift wrapping supplies from. The best option, Home Goods. They always have amazing deals for pretty wrapping paper, boxes, bows, cards, tags, and everything else you can think of. The second best is actually the 99 cent store. Everything is only $1 and you get SO much bang for your buck. This year, I was pleasantly surprised at their Holiday section, they had a great variety of little ornaments, gift bags, even holiday decor. The best part about buying all this wrapping stuff last minute? Everything is on sale! I went into Michaels a few days ago and everything Christmas related was 70% off!

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Once you have your supplies, lets get to wrapping.

If you are a beginner and don’t know how to even wrap a present here’s a little rundown. Keep in mind that as long as your wrapping paper is the perfect size the rest is simple.

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Presents Without A Box:

For presents without a box (i.e. clothes, journals, etc.) all you need is a nice box and tissue paper. You can leave the box as is and add a simple bow, or you can glam it up like I did.

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Box: Home GoodsΒ 

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Twine: Target
Tag: Home Goods


Looks complicated but it’s actually really simple. All you do is wrap around the box horizontally and vertically, and secure the ends with tape on the back so they sit symmetrically. Then at the end you tie your tag.

Presents With A Box:

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Step 1 & 2: Tie your ribbon around the box. Here’s an easy demo.

Step 3: Take your metallic ribbon and slide the ornaments through.

Step 4: Slide the metallic ribbon under the bow & tie a knot.

Step 5: Take your other metallic ribbons, slide under the bow, and tie a knot.

Step 6: Curl the ends.

Step 7: Add a candy cane for decor.

Step 8: OR add a snowflake ornament for decor.

Step 9: Your gift should look like this πŸ™‚

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Wrapping Paper & Red Ribbon: Home Goods | Ornaments: 99 Cent store | Metallic Ribbon: 99 cent store


Step 1: Tie your ribbon twice around the cinnamon sticks.

Step 2: Slide a ribbon through the bell.

Step 3: Secure the bell on the bow.

Step 4: Add a tag sticker (optional).

Wrapping Paper & Cinnamon Sticks: Michaels | Ribbon & Tag: Home Goods | Bell: 99 cent store


Step 1 & 2: Tie your twine (I just used cooking twine I had at home) around the box and secure Christmas tree branch.

Step 3 & 4: Slide the twine in the tag and secure under the branch.

Wrapping Paper: Target | Cooking Twine: Ralphs | Christmas Tree Branch: My Christmas Tree | Tag: Home Goods
Wrapping Paper: Target | Snowflake: 99 cent store | Leaves: Flowers from home | Chalk Clip: Party City (the writing was edited in) | Ornaments: 99 cent store
Wrapping Paper & Paint: Michaels | Sequins: 99 cent store

Step 1: You need acrylic paint & makeup sponges.

Step 2: Dip into the gold paint.

Step 3: Start making strokes.

Step 4: Repeat step 2 & 3.

Step 5: You can leave your gift like this or continue to craft it up.

Step 6: Get some glitter or sequins.

Step 7: Add it to the gift while the paint is fresh. Leave as is if you wish.

Step 8: Take your double-side tape and stick on the sequins.

Step 9: Tape the other side down.

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Wrapping Paper: Michaels | Ribbon: Home Goods | Ornaments: 99 cent store


This is what I came up with with the few gifts I actually had purchased before the Christmas deadline haha. Which wrapping option was your favorite? Comment below!

I hope you guys enjoyed this quick blog post, Happy Holidays!





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