Gift wrapping is so much easier if you can dedicate a small space as a permanent gift wrapping station. I like to keep gift wrapping supplies in an empty dresser drawer in our guest room. The drawer corrals supplies and the top of the dresser can be used as a flat area for wrapping gifts.
- During the holidays, the drawer is stocked with Christmas paper, tissue paper, flat ready-to-assemble shirt boxes, scissors, gift bags, ribbon, bows, scotch tape and gift tags.
- Large rolls of paper can be placed in a small bin or clean, empty garbage can alongside the dresser, if desired.
- I tuck empty flat-rate priority mail boxes from the post office between the dresser and the wall, out of sight but easy to grab. These boxes can be picked up at the post office for free and saved until you need them. They are easy to assemble and postage can be printed online at http://www.usps.com. Flat rate boxes make shipping a breeze during the busy holiday season. If you print the postage online, you can even schedule your postal carrier to pick the boxes up right at your door, avoiding long lines at the post office.
- Keep a few small presents in the drawer for those occasions when you need a last-minute gift. Stationery and gift cards are easy to store and come in handy in a pinch.
- I like to keep a notebook where I write down what I am giving. Each year I add to the notebook. This helps me in several ways. First, I can check what was given in past years to make sure I don’t duplicate gifts. Also, sometimes I forget what I wrapped early in the month. The notebook helps me keep track of what has already been wrapped. I also make note of things I have yet to purchase and mark them off once they are bought and wrapped. My little gift notebook is a lifesaver!
- After Christmas, replace holiday paper with gift wrapping items for the rest of the year. Birthday paper and cards are a must. You may also want to stock your drawer with bridal and baby shower paper and an assortment of cards.