So you bought the perfect present, but it’s an odd shape. You want your gift to look nice, but how do you wrap it? Today I’m sharing how to wrap odd shaped gifts.
Every year there are a few presents that leave me scratching my head over how I’m going to wrap them. If you’ve had this problem, too, hopefully this wrapping odd shaped gifts guide will help you this holiday season!
How to Wrap Odd Shaped Gifts
Tip #1 Bag it Up
This is probably the most obvious way to wrap that awkward shaped gift. Simply find a gift bag that the present fits in. Add tissue paper, place the gift inside, and you’re done!
This method is best for gifts that will be given and opened right away, like white elephant gifts, gift exchanges at work, friend gifts, etc.
While this may be the simplest solution for how to wrap an odd shaped present, it’s not ideal for those of us who have kids and place our presents out early.
I know that within an hour of putting gift bags under the tree, my kids would know exactly what they’re getting for Christmas that year. They’re sneaky like that!
These Disney princess toys were going to be tricky to wrap. I simply placed them inside a gift bag with some tissue paper, and then hid the gift bag away in my secret hiding spot, where it will stay until early Christmas morning. That way I know there will be no peeking! 😉
Tip #2 Wrap and Tie
If the gift is too complicated to wrap, simply use some fabric or tissue paper instead of wrapping paper.
I bought my sons three large Star Wars figures. I knew that I couldn’t wrap them with wrapping paper because of the shape.
Instead, I placed the figure in the middle of a piece of Christmas fabric that I had, then pulled up each of the four corners of the fabric. I tied a bow with ribbon at the top of my gift to cinch up the loose fabric at the top. You can use safety pins to close up any open spots.
BONUS TIP: If the fabric-wrapped gift goes to someone in your family, you can reuse the same fabric year after year!
This method can be used with tissue paper too! Place the gift in the middle of a few sheets of tissue paper, pull up the corners, tie a ribbon at the top, and use tape instead of pins to secure any loose or open bits of tissue paper.
Tip #3 Put a Lid on It
Another easy way to wrap those weird shaped gifts is to put it in a box with a lid and some tissue paper.
If the box is plain, then you can easily wrap the rectangular box and add a bow or ribbon to dress it up.
If the box is already decorated or printed, then tie a ribbon around it and add any embellishments you would like.
Tip #4 Don’t Wrap It
It’s okay to not wrap a present too! Every Christmas I like to leave a couple of the larger, odd shaped gifts unwrapped.
It can add to the “wow factor” on Christmas morning to have an unwrapped gift or two sitting there with a big bow on them. You can also place a gift inside a basket unwrapped. Just add a bow and you’re ready to go!
If you’ve been struggling with how to wrap odd shaped gifts, I hope these tips help! It can be tough learning how to wrap a gift that’s large or akward and make it look amazing, but with a little practive and these tips, you can totally do it!
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Originally posted in December 2015, updated in November 2018.