Trust us when we say that planning well will save you an awful lot of headaches. No more messing around with torn paper and messy-looking parcels. Follow this checklist: scissors, adhesive tape, well-sourced wrapping paper, ribbon — not to mention fresh cut flowers.
Neatly does it
Start with simple box shapes, then when you've hit a rhythm it'll be easier to tackle more awkward balls and cylinders. Choose wrapping paper that hints at the gift inside: a stylish block colour, or a luxurious print. Carefully measure out the shape you need, planning where the top and bottom of the parcel will go, and start wrapping.
Make sure the piece of paper is wide enough to wrap the box all the way round. It's always better to be safe than sorry — if it's too big, a neat trick is to fold the excess back on itself to shorten it. Bring two sides together over the the box and fasten securely with tape, then fold each corner in so it looks like an envelope and stick down. With some neat handiwork, you should only need three bits of adhesive tape. Once you've done that, then it's on to the decoration.
A velvet ribbon, glittering string or paper name tag will boost the appearance of any carefully-wrapped present. But you need to go the extra mile - or at least to the florist - in order to really steal the show under this extra-gorgeous Christmas tree. A wonderful fresh flower tucked between ribbon and wrapping paper is guaranteed to work a treat. Choose the one that's a personal favourite of the person receiving the gift, and make Christmas morning even more magical.
MORE, MORE, MORE CHRISTMAS!
Are you all into the Christmas spirit and can't get enough? Check out our Christmas dossier with all the floral inspiration you could ever need, or get started with our DIYs. How about a garland with dried flowers, a colourful Christmas wreath or a Christmas tree with golden flower ornaments? Share all your floral Christmas creations with us via Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #funnyhowflowersdothat, and check out our Christmas Pinterest board for even more Christmas inspiration.
*Note: It is best to have the flowers ready in a vase of water and attach them to the presents as late as possible so that they look nice and fresh when your give your gifts. With the right preparation, this step takes very little time. If you leave a small stem on the flowers, they will also stay beautiful for longer.