The hardest part of gift-giving isn't finding the perfect gift, it's wrapping it!

So, I'll be the first to admit that I am the worst when it comes to wrapping presents. Just ask my friends, or my husband. I am known for being absolutely terrible at it. And now, I know what you're thinking, "Why am I reading an article on 'how to wrap a gift for Christmas' when the author just admitted that she doesn't know how to do it well?"

Honestly, it's a solid question. But let me reassure you that, after I did some research and a few "practice runs," I've found a few handy tips and tricks that'll level up your gift-wrapping game.

I'm not claiming to be an expert or pro at wrapping gifts—in fact, I'd still consider myself a novice—but wanted to take what I've learned and share it with you all in the hopes of easing your fears or anxieties when it comes to presenting a nicely wrapped gift. Because if I can do it, anyone can do it!

If you have any other useful tips, feel free to leave a comment below. With that being said, let's roll!

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Tips and Tricks to Wrapping a Christmas Gift:

Use a box!

Do yourself a favor and put your gift in a box. It'll be so much easier for you to wrap a square or rectangle than trying to finagle the paper around an item with so many curves and edges. Keep it simple. You'll save yourself a ton of time (and stress).

Three words: double-sided tape

This will be your saving grace when it comes to gift-wrapping. Trust me. It'll save you from using too much tape—and yes, it's definitely something you can do. (My mom is known for using a lot of tape when she wraps presents. Don't be like my mom.) Using double-sided tape on your gifts will give those edges a clean seam, too.

Splurge on the thicker wrapping paper

Yes, the thin, dollar-store wrapping paper may be cheaper, but it is for a reason. Go thick or go home. Also, it helps to get wrapping paper with a grid pattern on the back. This will help you to cut straight lines, as well as give you an idea of how much paper you actually need. (Like the tape, there is such a thing as too much.) And honestly, there's really nothing worse than cutting the wrapping paper and starting the gift-wrapping process only to find that you cut it way too short or way too long.

How to Wrap a Gift for Christmas:

Now we've got those tips and tricks added to your repertoire, it's time to start wrapping!

Step 1:

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Measure the amount of wrapping paper you'll need by rolling your box over the paper, from one side to the other. This will help you know just how much paper you will need in order to cover the entire box. Then begin to cut.

Step 2:

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Remember, we're looking for clean lines and seams, so before you start folding the paper over the box, fold the edges in on themselves—just a little bit. Then you can fold each side over and tape the bottom and top.

Step 3:

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This is the tricky part, so take it slow. You're gonna fold the ends in, one at a time. Push the ends of the paper inward, this will create two triangles. Fold the bottom triangle up then the top triangle down. Secure with tape.

Step 4:

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Repeat the process of Step 3 on the other side of the box. And voila! You're all set.

Bonus Step:

If you'd like to add any flair or pop to the now-wrapped gift, I am always a fan of the simple ribbon or bow. You don't want to cover up all your hard work, right?

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