Looking for gift-wrapping tips? I have the best idea for making your wrapped gifts extra special. I’m also sharing my favorite sources for ribbons, wrapping paper, tags and so much more.

disclosure: this post is sponsored by Walmart.

There is a pile of gifts in my upstairs craft room just waiting to be wrapped.

And I can’t WAIT.

Have you started gift wrapping yet, y’all?

It’s one of my very favorite things about Christmas.

I used to rush through it and not take it seriously and look at it as one of the things on my t0-do list. There was no joy in the wrapping.

But now?

Maybe because I’m wiser.

Maybe because I’ve been around for a few Christmases.

Maybe because Santa Claus is a close personal friend of mine.

I take my gift wrapping very seriously. I wrap each present deliberately and mindfully (with a good Christmas movie on) and take my time and enjoy the process. So today I’d thought I’d share one of my favorite gift wrapping tips ever (you’ll never look at a ribbon the same way again) along with all my favorite gift wrapping sources including tags, reversible gift wrap, ribbon and this new tool that I found to make wrapping so much easier.

Ready. Set. Wrap.

I wanted to start off with one of my favorite easy (and almost free) ways to personalize a ribbon.

You don’t need a fancy machine. You don’t need to be an artist. You don’t need to even know how to draw a straight line.

All you need is a Sharpie.

Oh—and these instructions.

DIY Personalized Ribbon


ribbon with a wide weave

sharpie marker

(total aside:  only two supplies….see how easy it is so far)


This is probably the hardest part of the craft.  You can choose one long phrase or just repeat the smaller phrase over and over again.  I used about 10 feet of ribbon for this project.  And you want to estimate about six words per foot.  If you are trying to think up what to print on the ribbon and you can’t think of anything, here are a few suggestions:

Merry Christmas from (insert your name here)

The person’s name you are giving the gift to.

Merry Christmas in different languages

Your favorite quote or scripture


Then select your favorite font and print out from your computer.  You want to select a font that matches your personality and your decor.  For example, I like to use bold fonts that are easy to read because I’m using this ribbon to decorate the Christmas tree.  If you were decorating a mantel, you might want to choose a hand-written font or a whimsical font.


That’s how easy this DIY personalized ribbon project is.  One of the steps is choosing a marker.

I like to use Sharpies because they are permanent, easy to use, and come in a fun variety of colors.

Pick the color you want your words to be.

Sharpie markers also come in a variety of sizes with different tips.  Don’t choose a fine-tipped marker because it doesn’t work well with the burlap.  Instead, choose a medium-sized tip for this project.

If you are working with a larger ribbon and want to make more of a statement, then a thicker marker is the right tool for the job.


Cut the words out of the paper and line them up in the order you want on the ribbon.

Using scotch tape, tape the words together in a line.

I did this using different fonts.


For this ribbon project, you’ll want to make sure you choose a ribbon with a wide weave.

Once you place your paper with the words printed off underneath the ribbon, the words should be easy to see.

The material is see-through so it’s easy to see the letters underneath.  Just center letters on the middle of the ribbon and trace.  You might want to go over the letters a few times to make them bold enough to see.

Here’s what the ribbon looked like after I traced it.

You can see I went back over the letters a second time and add any extra marks to make it easier to see on the ribbon.

Red would have been super cute on the ribbon, too.


I wrapped the package with a buffalo check ribbon.

Then I created a bow for the center of the package.

I cut my personalized ribbon in half and taped it under the bow.

That’s it.

Can you even believe it? 10 minutes and two craft supplies and four simple steps later you are DONE. And now you’re thinking, that was easy. That was fast.  I know it only took me minutes and now?  The ribbon is done.

But what if you are reading this and thinking that while this sounds like a fun project? You really just want cute ribbon and wrapping supplies you don’t have to DIY.

No worries.

I got you.

The BEST Gift Wrapping Tips and Sources

A couple of quick notes on how to shop this post:

  1. I found everything on Walmart. You know how many affordable finds I’ve discovered there throughout the year and Christmas time is no exception. Once I discovered the reversible wrapping paper, I knew I had a new way to wrap.
  2. I take these recommendations very seriously. I went through the categories and recommended things either that a.) I already ordered (like the wrapping paper) b.) had amazing reviews or c.) friends and family had recommended it to me.
  3. I put everything under each of the graphics (feel free to ask me questions about anything) but I also loaded everything onto a shopping widget under each picture (you can use the arrows to see everything on the graphic) as well as my LTK page, too, and you can also shop it over there as well.

And now?

Here are all the gift wrapping sources.

Reversible gift wrap:

Christmas ribbon ideas:

Christmas gift tags:

Unusual gift wrap ideas:

And if you want the complete kit—wrapping paper and tags and ribbons and bows and mini bags that all match and go together?

I have the kit for you.

Here’s a premium 50-piece gift wrap set for under $15.

You can see it here.

And one last tip.

I bought this elf gift wrap cutter this year.

It just slides along the gift wrap and makes cutting it SO EASY.

You can see it here.

Christmas is 11 days away and the elves are busy.

I hope this post helps a little with the tips and sources that all elves need.

Let me know if you have any questions about anything.


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  1. Image for JEM JEM

    KariAnne, what an ingenious idea! Since most of my gifts are wrapped, I am going to save this for another time. We can use your idea all year long! Thank you friend for sharing!!!!! 💕

  2. Image for Linda Hentges Linda Hentges

    KariAnne, The elf wrap cutter is definitely a game changer! I wrap each person’s gift in their own pattern. Easier to find under the tree when it’s their turn to open🤩

  3. Image for Rizae Rizae

    I loved wrapping gifts! Now everyone wants cash so I make handcrafted cards, slide in the cash, decorate the envelopes and.... But I still put on Christmas music or movies!!! Big Hugs,

  4. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Wow- you did a lot of work putting all this together. Elf cutter is out everywhere within 100 miles of our location. Will have to pick up one for next year! Thanks for all the information.

  5. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Started wrapping last night and was just taking a tea break and thought I'd see what you were up to.......so perfect timing, haha. I LOVE to wrap gifts. I was always the family gift-wrapper. Mom was sick and there were 7 of us in the family. SO I wrapped a lot. (And soon as I got my driver's lic I also did the gift shopping for poor Mom.) AND my favorite Auntie - who lived near us - always called me down to wrap up all of her gifts too. Apparently I was free labor, right? But I loved it too. I put on my fav Christmas music and enjoy figuring out what ribbons or embellishments go with what gift. Only thing is I have always sat on the floor doing it and my old bones aren't as happy doing that as long as I used to. SO I am doing in stages. This is the latest I haven't been completely wrapped and baking already in probably over 20 years. Just having one of those kinds of months. Your ideas are always heaven-sent. Enjoy the process too! Happy happy, joy joy!!

  6. Image for Kris Kris

    I wrapped gifts today. Not my favorite job, although I've gotten better at it. Your bows are pretty but this is a year when we won't have them because our kittens would have wayyyyyyyyyy too much fun. :)

  7. Image for Charlotte Charlotte

    Shocking as it may seem, but I don’t go on instagram. Is there any other way to contact the woman who makes the village houses? I love your decorating tips and have copied some of your ideas. Thank you.

  8. Image for Anna Anna

    I love the reversible gift wrap! Why am I Only learning about this now??? We are spending most of Saturday catching up with wrapping. Thank you for the tips!

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