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.

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