Get a Grip on Your Gift Wrap

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My gift wrap used to resemble the cluttered backroom of a forgotten Hallmark store: unwieldy spools of ribbon, bags of bows, thrice-used tissue paper, and legions of wrapping paper–in various states of unroll–were stuffed into my closet as if I was a prepper awaiting the gift wrap apocalypse.

But since adopting minimalism, I’ve come to one main conclusion about gift wrap:

Your gift wrap should function like a nice cocktail dress.

In other words, make sure your gift wrap works for multiple occasions. Think a little more LBD and a little less Lady Gaga in the meat dress.

Here are some examples:

  • Happy Arbor Day to a Great Mailman wrapping paper? NO
  • Plain blue paper you can dress up with colorful ribbons? YES


  • It’s a Girl! sparkly pink gift bag? NOPE
  • Plain silver gift bag you can accent with tissue paper? OH YEAH!


  • Happy Mother’s Day Great-Grandma paper? SORRY BUT NO
  • Brown craft paper your kids can paint to create a one-of-a-kind-grandma-tear-inducing gift unwrapping experience? THE HECK YES
Ready to do this? Here’s how:
  1. Remove all gift wrap from your closet. Yep, all of it. Even that “30 and Flirty” gift bag you’ve been hanging on to in case you turn 30 again.
  2. Make piles according to type–tissue paper together, rolls of paper together, etc. Arrange gift bags by SIZE, since that is the #1 determinant of which bag you’ll use.
  3. Ruthlessly cull, remembering that gift wrap is your LBD and should work for multiple occasions.


Fill your recycling bin with glee, and yes, you can donate extra gift wrap that’s still in good condition. Why not? I’m sure there’s a mailman out there just waiting to be wished a very happy Arbor Day.

As always, to your peace of mind.

PS I’d love to hear your gift wrap success story! So…

Got a question? Email me at [email protected] and you may see an answer in a future Tip of the Week!

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