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If you’re like most of us, you’ve shopped online or you’re scouring South Arlington, VA for the best deals, and your holiday gifts are squirreled away all over your Penrose Square apartment — or perhaps they are stacked neatly in a closet, if you are the organized type. Either way, now is a great time to start wrapping or preparing to wrap, if you haven’t already. Today we’ve got tips for getting everything all wrapped up in time for the gift giving to begin.

Set Up a Wrapping Station

This is especially useful if you need to wrap all your gifts over the course of a couple of evenings. Choose a place that has a flat surface to wrap on, such as a table, counter, or even the floor. It is much easier to measure and cut paper on a flat surface. Gather all of the things you will need for wrapping and put them together in a container such as a large clear tote. Some things you may want to put in it include scissors, tape, bows, curling ribbon, raffia, gift tags, sharpies, pens, gift bags, tissue paper, and a variety of wrapping paper.

Package Smart

Use boxes for your gifts. It’s more efficient and easy to wrap uniformly sized boxes, especially so random sized bits and pieces of a gift don’t poke through. Cut the paper to fit the box; extra paper just gets in the way and looks clunky.

Consider alternatives to paper for wrapping, too. A pretty pillowcase makes a good gift wrap for larger, odd-shaped gifts, and it won’t rip open. Be creative! It can be fun to add your own unique touch to wrapping supplies. Use newsprint or a roll of brown paper, for instance, decorated with stencils, artwork, or messages to your intended recipient.

Make it a Party

Wrapping presents can become a tedious exercise. Invite a couple of friends to come over and wrap their gifts with you, or just help you with yours. The ensuing conversation will make the time fly by. If you find yourself wrapping gifts solo, pop in your favorite movie or music playlist to help you stay in a holiday mood. Even though wrapping takes planning, time, and effort, it will be worth it when you see your carefully chosen gifts being opened and enjoyed.

What tips do you have for wrapping efficiently? Share your ideas with the rest of the apartment community in the comments. Happy wrapping, and happy holidays! Thanks for reading today’s blog post.

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