Wrapping

You’ve purchased the perfect present…but that proves to be only half the battle. Real Simple has compiled a list of the ultimate gift wrapping techniques and tricks you'll need to get through the holiday season. To give your gift a personal touch, follow our instructions to create custom tags in less than five minutes. Have an odd shaped present that you can’t figure out how to cover with standard wrapping paper? We'll teach you eight ways to take a plain paper bag to the next level. Rather than wrapping paper, sometime all your gift needs is a simple garnish. We'll demonstrate how to fold and affix the perfect statement bow. If you’re running low on time and supplies, check out our multitude of wrapping strategies (including five you will not find in a store near you) to dress up your gift and make it extra presentable under the tree.

4 Ways to Wrap an Oddly Shaped Gift

Got an awkwardly shaped gift? (Bicycle? Basketball? Violin?) Here are four fun, easy ways to present it.

3 Unique Ways to Wrap a Gift

Add some extra details to your holiday gifts with these paper techniques. Here’s how to create pop-up, pleated, and fringe-adorned presents.

Pop-up Gift Wrap That Will Bring Your Presents to Life

This 3D technique provides some serious wow factor for both kids and adults. Take some scenic or graphic wrapping paper and use the details on it to create some cool pop-up shapes.

Glamorous Fringe Tassels to Trim Your Presents

This is the perfect way to jazz up plain gift wrap. Add some trendy, tinsel-like tassels to your presents for an ultra-festive detail.

An Impressive (but Easy!) Pleated Gift Wrap Idea

Don’t stop at just one kind of wrapping paper—add a pleated band in a complementary color for a sophisticated, layered look.

How to Tie the Perfect Bow

Master the classic with these step-by-step instructions.

3 Seasonal, Adorable—and Easy!—Holiday Gift Tags

Personalize your presents with these simple how-tos.

Go Ultra Modern With Your Christmas Tree Decor This Season

Use jewel boxes for a sleek DIY take on your traditional evergreen.

8 Ways to Dress Up Plain Paper Gift Bags

Have a little fun wrapping your presents this year. Here are eight ways to turn a gift bag into something worth saving.

5 Gift Wrap Ideas You’ll Never Find in Stores

Here, some effortless techniques for dressing up even the simplest of packages. They’ll be almost too pretty to open.