It’s coming up to the first round of birthday season in my family and that means getting some gifts ready for giving! I love wrapping presents almost as much as I love giving the present, so on today’s mini makeover I thought I’d share the bits and pieces that I think make the ultimate gift wrapping kit! (and will form the first of the kits for my challenge)
I recommend getting a big plastic tub to keep this all in the one place, so that you can pull it out whenever you need it. Then you don’t spend ages searching the house for all the little bits and pieces you know you have somewhere (like I used to)
What to put in your kit:
- A roll of brown kraft paper (preferably in a dispenser) Mine is 500mm x 70metres from Officeworks and cost $24.98 (about 35c per metre)
- Scissors I love my fiskars left handed scissors, Glue the BluStick is my favourite, Sticky Tape it’s in a cassette tape dispenser, Scotch Gift Wrap Cutter and Ribbon Curler not an essential but it’s much safer for ribbon curling than scissors, and Scotch Removable Poster Tape this is my go-to double sided tape. It’s strong enough to stick just about anything and as it’s removable it’s a bit forgiving if you need to move it
- Curling Ribbon, Twine, Bricklayer’s Line a neon twine that cost around $6 for 50m from Bunnings (thanks to Kate from @ourlittlesins for the tip), Fabric Ribbon and Satin Ribbon in different widths you can get the fabric and satin ribbon from Spotlight. Some are by the metre and some are by the roll
- Gift Boxes I keep some that were gifted to me if they’re still in great condition and sometimes the internal packaging from tech products are reusable. If you’ve got one that’s marked, you can glue brown paper to it to reuse
- Washi Tape in different colours, and Patterned Duct Tape I picked this up in America and am still looking for an Australian distributor, but Wal-Mart and Paper Source have them in the US (in case you’re based there)
- A roll of patterned wrapping paper if you’re not a fan of brown kraft paper or want to do some presents differently, having a roll of cute wrapping paper is always handy!
- Gift Bags These are fantastic for odd shaped gifts that are a pain to wrap or even if you’re just in a hurry. I got mine in a 5 pack from Spotlight (can’t remember the price but I don’t think they were expensive)
- Tissue Paper This is great for wrapping delicate things or adding to the top of a gift box or bag so that people have something to ‘unwrap’
- Gift Tags I got these from a lovely etsy shop, and Post it Stars these are great for quick name labels on gifts
- Cards and notelets for different occasions I got the got the Congratulations card from a stall in Euston Station many years ago, the owl notelets were from this etsy shop and the bee notelets were from an etsy shop that is now closed
- Flat Lunch Bags These are great for wrapping little gifts
- Stickers A great extra to add to a gift or card to brighten it up
I don’t think you need to go out any buy it all at once, but if you collect bits and pieces over time and keep them all in the one spot, I think it makes the task of wrapping just that little bit less stressful. Everyone’s will look different depending on their preferences but these are my favourite!
What’s in your ultimate wrapping kit? I’d love to know!
To celebrate my love of wrapping and to help you make your wrapping seasons less stressful, I’m releasing my first ebook today! Hooray! 15 Fun Wrapping ideas for Birthdays and Special Occasions and is available for you to buy here. It’s also available as a blurb book if you prefer to have a book that you can hold and flip though. You can grab a blurb book copy here.
P.S. The blog is a month old today, thanks so much for helping make this first one such a wonderful one!