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.

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.

250+ Gifts for Everyone on Your List

The ultimate guide for finding creative gift ideas for everyone on your list.

12 Ways to Make Gift Wrapping Fun

These festive trimmings and tools add instant (and inexpensive) holiday panache.

24 Beautiful Holiday Wrapping Papers

These pretty, witty papers and complementary frills are a cut above the seasonal standbys. Get on a roll (or off one, with anti-wrap options) and make a magical holiday present-ation.

8 Creative Gift Wrap Solutions    

Fabulous packaging can transform a great gift into something totally spectacular.

28 Ideas for Exchanging Christmas Gifts

Sure, you could just hand over a gift, but why not present your presents in a more creative way?

10 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

10 easy ideas―from Valentine’s Day gift ideas to simple sweet treats―for spicing up the holiday.

21 Easy Holiday Gift-Wrapping Ideas

Everyday items can add unexpected festive flair to your gift wrapping, like these ideas. 

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

Personalize your presents with these simple how-tos.

Brilliant New Uses for Wrapping Paper Scraps

Clever ways to repurpose the odds and ends left over from your gift-wrapping marathon.