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27 Clever Gift Wrapping Tricks For Lazy People

Create the ~illusion~ of craftiness with some of these simple gift-wrapping tips and tricks.

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Christmas is fast approaching, and you haven't wrapped the giant pile of presents sitting around for your friends and family yet. Let us try and help you get it done quickly and painlessly.


1. To efficiently wrap gifts, get off of the carpet and onto a hard surface.

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It may be easier to plop in front of the TV on a carpet, but it will take you twice as long to wrap and everything will look worse.

3. No tape? Follow this video tutorial to wrap a gift without any tape (just one tiny sticker, or some really tight ribbon work).

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Like gift-wrapping origami.


8. If your gift is an odd shape, decorate a paper bag as giftwrap.

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It looks purposeful, not like you sacrificed a day of carrying your lunch to work. Buy a lunch box, geez.

9. Use newspaper as wrapping paper.

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It costs you little to nothing if you already have a paper lying around, and it looks craftier than you will probably mean for it to!

10. Reuse paper bags from the grocery store.

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Most grocery store paper bags will have some sort of holiday design during this season, which will look way better than wrapping your gifts in aluminum foil.


11. Or just use plain brown paper bags or parcel paper.

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The plain brown looks rustic and festive in its own way, and there are plenty of things you can add to make it look fancier, like letter stamps for the recipient's first name, or doodles.


19. Or Instagram photos.

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Use the A Beautiful Mess app to add the "to" and "from" to an Instagram photo and transform it into a print-ready gift tag, or just print your photos and write directly on them with permanent marker..


21. Or if you have enough paper, designate a color/pattern for each person so that gift tags aren't necessary.

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Just make sure to jot down who gets what to avoid any on-the-day mix-ups.

27. Store your paper rolls in a garment bag and hang it in the closet for easy access.

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Once you've made a mess trying to DIY your way out of this wrapping chaos, make getting out wrapping supplies the next time you're in a bind seem less daunting. This method solves any potential small space issues with wrapping essentials, as well as any organization woes.


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