Holiday Gift Wrap Problem-Solvers
Decorative bows made of gorgeous ribbon appear almost magically before your eyes. This easy-to-operate gizmo comes with an illustrated instructional booklet and 24 pins to hold your creations together.
To buy: $7, containerstore.com.
Need a gift wrap refresher course? Watch this video to brush up on how to wrap a present, then click here for more festive holiday wrapping paper ideas.
Pop-Up Tape Handband Dispenser
Sometimes all you really wish for is an extra hand. In lieu of that, try a slip-on dispenser loaded with precut tape, which makes it easy to grab and adhere a piece of the sticky stuff once you’ve nailed that perfect fold.
To buy: $3, staples.com.
The rounded edges on these scissors make them safe to have around kids. And cutting is a cinch: Simply push and roll.
To buy: Unfortunately, this item is currently unavailable.
Gift-Wrapping Shears and Tape Rolls
The ultimate all-in-one gadget: scissors, a detachable straight edge for a precise slice, and a no-way-you-can-misplace-it tape dispenser.
To buy: $6, amazon.com.
All-Purpose Holiday Greeting Card
For the gift-giver of very few words: check the appropriate box for a simple holiday greeting and scribble a short note inside.
To buy: $4.50, fifiduvie.com.
Reusable Gift Bags
No wrap? No problem. Package presents in sleek reusable Santa-inspired sacks for a presentation that truly keeps on giving.
To buy: Starting at $7, bagthehabit.com.
Amp up the festive vibe by adding a decorative edge to wrapping paper or bows with these multi-blade scissors.
To buy: $14.50, paper-source.com.
Take charge of tightly sealed boxes with this handy tool that easily slices through tough-to-tear plastic packaging, tight shrink wrap, and more.
To buy: $5, containerstore.com.
Dual Paper Cutter and Ribbon Curler
Wondering what the secret is to wrapping like a pro? You’re looking at it. This multitasking tool is a paper cutter, ribbon shredder, and tape smoother all packed into one.
To buy: $5, amazon.com.
Already tired of wrapping? Need a new creative presentation? Cue the washi tape. This Japanese tape is a dream to decorate with (tears easily), comes in a multitude of colors and patterns, and will turn any plain box into a beautiful work of art. Sold as single rolls or sets.
To buy: $34 for 10 rolls, happytape.com.
Solid Color Baker’s Twine
‘Tis the season for cooking, baking, and exchanging. If you’re looking for new ways to package those homemade treats, consider a twist on the classic baker’s twine. This season you can dress up boxes or cellophane bags with fresh and modern colors like aqua, apricot, and grey.
To buy: $15, cutetape.com.
Jumbo Holographic Gift Bag
As much as we love to see that larger-than-life (scooter, rocking horse) gift sitting by the tree, it’s always nice to add an element of surprise to the mix. Simply place the gift in this sack and finish it off with a pretty (and pretty large) bow. Available in three colors.
To buy: $5.50, containerstore.com.
Whether you’re closing or hanging a gift tag, these charming ties will add that much-needed finishing touch to your holiday project. Available in four colors.
To buy: $3.50 for 50, shopolivemanna.com.