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Christmas Gift Wrapping Guide

When you've spent so much time choosing the perfect gift, neglecting to pay attention to how it is presented is a serious mistake. A little bit of thought and care can show the recipient just how important they are to you. This applies equally whether it's a bespoke business gift or a token for a loved one. Let us show you how to get the result the professionals call standard.

Here at Gilded Bee, we usually use luxury rigid gift boxes finished with grosgrain ribbon.  We love the idea that the boxes will be kept and re-purposed or passed on, housing another thoughtful gift. However, when giving gifts to loved ones it can look more personal to use wrapping paper even if also using a box. In fact, we recommend using boxes whatever the gift.  They will make life easier for you and produce a superior finish.   

Here are a few tips to get that professional finish:

Be prepared.  Much like cooking, the wrapping will be less stressful and give you a better result if you get all the bits together before you begin.  You will need:

  • Wrapping paper
  • All Purpose scissors for the paper
  • Tape (preferably double-sided)
  • Ribbon
  • Fabric (really sharp) scissors for the ribbon

We loved this festive paper from John Lewis.  With subtle touches of gold, it was super luxe and festive.  We could've gone in lots of directions with the finishing ribbon, picking out the gold, green or even toning with the red in the paper.  We went for navy in the end loving the understated but still very festive finish.

Christmas is the time to have fun with your wrapping.  Keep a uniform look if you wish using the same paper and ribbon for every gift.  I usually choose to go with a theme.  Picking a core colour palette (red, navy and gold in this case) and then mixing and matching textures with the wrapping. Use a gold kraft paper with a red organza ribbon or a navy metallic paper with gold grosgrain.  Sticking to the restrained palate will enable you to have fun whilst still having an end result that works.

Measure Up

Make sure there is enough paper to wrap around the box with a couple of inches to spare and that the paper at the sides is around 3/4 of the depth.

Cut and Fold

Fold a seam of around 2cm on the edge that will wrap around the present.  This will give a crisp edge to the seam and disguise any dodgy cutting!


Apply double sided tape to the folded edge to give a neat finish.  If you need to use normal tape, then use scissors to cut rather than your teeth!

Seal it up

Making sure the box is upside-down, so the seam is on the underside, wrap the paper round and press to seal.  Crease edges as you go for a crisp finish.

Corner Fold I

Carefully fold in the edges by pushing down the paper and creating neat creases at the inside corners.  Crease corners to form a triangle at each end.

Corner Fold II

Fold inwards on each side creating crisp creases as you go to give a neat finish.  Then fold the point inwards about 2cm to give a neat edge for taping.

Corner Fold III

Again, ideally using double sided tape seal up the end.  Turn box around and repeat on the other side. 

Wrapped Box

You can leave the box like this, perfectly elegant and lovely to tear into.  Presented seam-side down.

Finishing Touches

We think it's never completely finished until there is a bow in place but this can be rafia or string if your prefer.  

You're done.  Look out for bow tutorial coming soon!

For more tips on great gift-wrapping take a look here.

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