Gift wrap­ping

Gift wrapping methods

It is equal­ly pleas­ant to receive and give presents, so the choice of gifts must be approached care­ful­ly. After all, first of all, the goal of the donor is to please, to make a pleas­ant impres­sion that will be remem­bered for a long time. For every­thing to hap­pen the way you think, be sure to focus on the tastes of the per­son to whom the present is intend­ed. But even guess­ing with a gift is not enough, the options for its pack­ag­ing are no less impor­tant, in fact, the design is the face of your present. Unfold­ing wrap­ping paper or oth­er decor sends us all back to child­hood, to a fairy tale, mak­ing the antic­i­pa­tion of a gift as strong as the joy of receiv­ing it.

It is not nec­es­sary to turn to the help of pro­fes­sion­al pack­ers, which can result in a decent amount in the end. Cre­at­ing a design on your own is much more inter­est­ing, because in the end you will get a unique com­po­si­tion in which you will put a piece of your soul.


Gift wrap­ping has its own eti­quette, its own rules, which must be tak­en into account before pro­ceed­ing with pack­ag­ing. These rec­om­men­da­tions are gen­er­al­ly rec­og­nized, focus­ing on them, you will nev­er get into a mess.

  • Gift wrap­ping for men of any age should not con­tain too “fem­i­nine” decor, even if this man is your loved one. Bows, rib­bons, hearts, bears and oth­er roman­tic para­pher­na­lia are not suit­able.
  • A man’s gift should look strict and sta­tus on the out­side, so plain pack­ag­ing is in favor. Par­tic­u­lar­ly good fab­ric, craft paper, neu­tral col­ors, dis­creet decor in a small amount.

  • If you give alco­hol, then choose a clas­sic type of pack­ag­ing — a tube. If a man is close, a more unusu­al one is also suit­able — a cov­er made of tex­tiles, burlap, which is already styl­ized in accor­dance with his taste or the inter­ests of the per­son being pre­sent­ed.
  • Gift wrap­ping for a woman allows you to show more imag­i­na­tion, you can use bright col­ors, orig­i­nal motifs, a catchy print, a lot of decor.
  • Be sure to con­sid­er the sta­tus of a woman, the close­ness of your rela­tion­ship, before choos­ing too expres­sive and unusu­al decor.

  • Mak­ing a gift for a child, you can embody the bright­est and bold­est fan­tasies, the com­po­si­tion should be cheer­ful, cheer­ful. For decor, use some­thing that the child will sure­ly like, for exam­ple, bal­loons.

The style of dec­o­ra­tion is often dic­tat­ed by the mood of the hol­i­day, and this must also be tak­en into account.

  • New Year hol­i­days, Christ­mas sug­gests a lot of rel­e­vant para­pher­na­lia and motifs: win­ter, snow, deer, Christ­mas trees, toys, tin­sel, bells, ser­pen­tine. You can use bright paper, bold decor, shiny ele­ments.
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  • St. Valen­tine’s Day has a roman­tic back­ground, so ros­es, doves, hearts, Ted­dy bears and so on will be appro­pri­ate here.

  • March 8 — a spring hol­i­day, there­fore, flo­ral motifs, ele­gant pack­ag­ing, bright rib­bons are in favor.
  • Feb­ru­ary 23 is a bru­tal hol­i­day, so cam­ou­flage, St. George rib­bons, mil­i­tary sym­bols, restrained col­ors are among the main trends.

In addi­tion to the pack­ag­ing fea­tures, you need to take into account the lat­est cur­rent trends. Gift col­ored paper and a bow as the only dec­o­ra­tion are a thing of the past. Mod­ern decor trends dic­tate their own rules. Design­ers rec­om­mend pay­ing atten­tion to three areas that are now gain­ing par­tic­u­lar pop­u­lar­i­ty:

  • ecostyle;
  • eclec­tic and futur­is­tic styles;
  • min­i­mal­ism.

Eco style is pri­mar­i­ly dis­tin­guished by an abun­dance of nat­ur­al mate­ri­als and a nat­ur­al range of col­ors. The use of arti­fi­cial decor and bases is not allod. Very often such dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments are used:

  • craft paper;
  • bows and ban­dages made of twine, unbleached linen.

In min­i­mal­ism, the main thing is restraint and con­cise­ness. Stay with­in strict lim­its, do not leave sim­plic­i­ty, and you will suc­ceed. Often used:

  • black and white paper;
  • tags;
  • clear­ings;
  • geo­met­ric print.

Futur­ism and eclec­ti­cism allow you to com­bine styles and trends, for exam­ple, an expres­sive and spec­tac­u­lar satin bow and a craft paper wrap­per. Or a frilly ele­gant box with a lux­u­ri­ous print made of nat­ur­al fab­ric with a pin as a dec­o­ra­tive ele­ment.

What­ev­er style you choose, pro­ceed not only from your own taste, but also from the pref­er­ences of the hero of the occa­sion, to whom the gift is intend­ed.

What materials may be needed?

Only your imag­i­na­tion can set lim­its here, because in fact, any­thing that comes to mind can be used for pack­ag­ing and dec­o­ra­tion. The main thing is to cor­rect­ly think over the com­po­si­tion, choose acces­sories so that every­thing looks organ­ic. We offer you a list of basic mate­ri­als that you can safe­ly vary, sup­ple­ment at your dis­cre­tion.

  • Paper. This is the leader in dec­o­rat­ing gifts. Paper is prefer­ably col­ored, most often bright, it looks good both as a sim­ple option and cor­ru­gat­ed. The paper is suit­able for dec­o­rat­ing square and rec­tan­gu­lar objects, box­es, sets, books. Very often, a mate­r­i­al with a touch of moth­er-of-pearl is used, which shim­mers lux­u­ri­ous­ly and gives shine to the present.
  • Film with holog­ra­phy and a grid of florists. They can wrap not only sim­ple objects, the shape is unim­por­tant here. You only need a rib­bon for ties, which can be slight­ly curled with scis­sors.
  • Tex­tile. Here you can choose both spec­tac­u­lar mate­r­i­al such as chif­fon, silk, plush, as ll as lacon­ic linen, felt. Burlap is very rel­e­vant, it can also be dec­o­rat­ed min­i­mal­is­ti­cal­ly: with but­tons, keys, shells. Or, on the con­trary, add catchy ele­ments: rhine­stones, stones, beads. The fab­ric drapes per­fect­ly, bows, plexus­es of threads, knots, mat­ting look great with it.
  • Sling. Here, the scope for imag­i­na­tion is unlim­it­ed, satin and silk rib­bons are tied into lux­u­ri­ous bows, cords with tas­sels and twine are also good.
  • dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments. Use flors, branch­es, syn­thet­ic threads, stones, cones, small toys. The main thing is that the decor strict­ly cor­re­sponds to the over­all style of the com­po­si­tion.
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Before think­ing over the ensem­ble, cal­cu­late the amount of mate­r­i­al that you will need, it depends on the size of the gift.

In addi­tion to mate­ri­als, stock up on tape, includ­ing dou­ble-sided tape, scis­sors, a ruler, pen­cil, and glue.

Creative Options

You can beau­ti­ful­ly and orig­i­nal­ly dec­o­rate a box with a gift for a birth­day or oth­er hol­i­day with your own hands. Decor is impor­tant to choose the col­or and shape. As for the col­or scheme, there real­ly are a lot of cre­ative options here: bright shades, pas­tels, lacon­ic tones. To make your pack­ag­ing even more har­mo­nious, con­sid­er the fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tions:

  • give up cold shades of snow-white, but white bows are a great choice, at the same time, the range of white is per­fect­ly com­bined with oth­ers;
  • yel­low - a very cheer­ful col­or, per­fect for a gift, com­bine it with pur­ple, brown, green­ery;
  • shade of orange — very joy­ful, green, blue and red will suit him;
  • red per­fect for a small present, but a huge red box is not the best choice, com­bine it with warm palettes, gold and sil­ver;
  • pink suit­able for a gift to a loved one, com­bined with jel­ry in shades of bur­gundy, pur­ple, white, sil­ver;
  • green - uni­ver­sal col­or, suit­able for any gift, com­po­si­tions that com­bine dif­fer­ent tones of green­ery, gold, sil­ver, gray look lux­u­ri­ous;
  • blueas a rule, is focused on men’s gifts, looks good with gold, sil­ver, yel­low, snow-white;
  • vio­let - a very mys­te­ri­ous and beau­ti­ful tone for pack­ag­ing, looks great in tan­dem with pink, yel­low, white, sil­ver.

With these rules in mind, you can cre­ate not only expres­sive and unusu­al, but also very aes­thet­ic pack­ag­ing. We offer you sev­er­al cre­ative options for any hol­i­day.

  • New Year’s mail. Mak­ing a gift in the form of a par­cel from San­ta Claus means arrang­ing a real hol­i­day for both an adult and a child. Make sure that the pack­age con­tains all the nec­es­sary details: stamps, stamps, white and red lac­ing.
  • Trav­el lovers. The theme of wan­der­ing is very pop­u­lar, but con­tin­ues to be orig­i­nal. Here you can use non-stan­dard mate­ri­als: con­tour maps, atlases, polit­i­cal maps.
  • Warm gift. Per­fect for win­ter hol­i­days. Here you can safe­ly use impro­vised mate­ri­als: an old scarf, an unnec­es­sary sater. Be sure to add pom­poms as dec­o­ra­tion.
  • Eco style. Craft paper, twine, fir cones or mimosa sprigs, depend­ing on the mood of the hol­i­day — that’s all you need to cre­ate an ele­gant arrange­ment.
  • Red box. A piece of scar­let fab­ric and a sprig of dec­o­ra­tive berries will allow you to arrange a gift effec­tive­ly and unusu­al­ly.
  • Non-stan­dard parts. Stitch paper, use stamps, cut out orig­i­nal details from paper, glue but­tons — use your imag­i­na­tion, it will allow you to cre­ate a mas­ter­piece from the sim­plest box.
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Budget Ideas

It is inter­est­ing to dec­o­rate a gift with­out invest­ing a lot of mon­ey in mate­ri­als. As a rule, it is sim­ple dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments that look most unusu­al, for exam­ple, in eco-style. It is enough to cre­ate a paper pack­age, make a flor from a rib­bon, or cre­ate a com­po­si­tion with a spruce branch and cin­na­mon sticks. You can effec­tive­ly paste over with rhine­stones or dec­o­rate the pack­age. We offer you some of the eas­i­est ways to dec­o­rate a gift, depend­ing on its shape.

  • Box. You can choose any one that is suit­able in size, seal it with paper, add dec­o­ra­tions from impro­vised mate­ri­als. You can make a box your­self, giv­ing it the shape of a heart, a flor, a chest, a box.
  • Bas­ket. A very effec­tive choice. Use any bas­ket that can be dec­o­rat­ed accord­ing to your cho­sen style. Just put a present in it.
  • Plas­tic box. Here you will have to call on the help of your tal­ent as an artist or decoupage mas­ter.
  • Pack­ing bag. It is enough to buy any paper bag in a neu­tral col­or and dec­o­rate it based on your desires. The pack­age is easy to make on your own, using cards, mag­a­zines, sheets of a musi­cal staff as mate­r­i­al. If the gift is intend­ed for a man, form a shirt bag with a bow tie. You can sim­ply add one dec­o­ra­tive ele­ment to the pack­age, which will some­how res­onate with the inter­ests of the gift­ed.
  • Any pack­ag­ing will be dec­o­rat­ed with tags and labels with per­son­al inscrip­tions, con­grat­u­la­tions.
  • Needle­work­ers can use their tal­ent to cre­ate pack­ag­ing. For exam­ple, knit a pack­ing cloth, ave a dec­o­ra­tion or a case from macrame.

What­ev­er pack­age you choose, con­sid­er the con­tent, espe­cial­ly if the gift is tiny or frag­ile. The filler will keep it intact and add showi­ness to the pack­age itself. As a fill­ing, you can use: glit­ter, con­fet­ti, dry grass, flor petals, paper wads.

And from the fol­low­ing video, you can learn some new and orig­i­nal gift wrap­ping ideas.