10 Holiday Gift-Wrapping Essentials

This holiday season, in addition to our regular Julep contributors, we’re also sharing stories from our Minted artists and designers about how they celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Name: Kimberly FitzSimons
Where you’re based: Pelham, New York
How long you’ve been with Minted: Five years
Favorite thing about the holidays: nonstop holiday music—it always puts me in a good mood. 
On my holiday wish list this year:
 Five different brands/shades of red lipstick. I’m determined to nail the perfect red lip!
Favorite holiday tradition: It just started, but it will be making holiday cookies with my daughters.

My family is very serious about wrapping holiday presents. The title of Best Gift Wrapper of the Season is very coveted and is partially based on how tightly the gifter can secure the ribbon atop a wrapped package! My father wins every year, but I’m determined to take the title this year with these holiday gift-wrapping favorites.  —Kimberly

Click through for all of Kimberly’s holiday gift-wrapping essentials…

1.  Gingher 8-inch Dressmaker’s Shears ($21)
This is the best pair of scissors I’ve ever owned. Although they are designed to cut through medium-weight fabric, they do the best job of trimming ribbon ends for all of my bows. You’ll reach for these all the time.

2. Cotton Curling Ribbon (from $5.50/spool)
I love thick curling ribbon and prefer it to be at at least 3/8″ wide. When possible, I try to buy ribbon in bulk so that I don’t waste money on last-minute emergency ribbon from the grocery store. This cotton curling ribbon is my latest purchase and I can’t wait to use it this year! For extra-special presents, I’m in love with Minted’s cherry-red 1″ velvet ribbon.

3. Metallic Fine Point Sharpies ($4.29 for three)
These markers are perfect for labeling gifts, addressing holiday-card envelopes, and writing thank-you notes. They’re festive and perfect for so many uses!

4. Minted Personalized Gift Tags (from $19 for 25)
I’ll be using these gift tags (“On the Grid” by Jennifer Wick) for my own presents this year—I love that there is room to add a family photo, as well as the recipient’s name.

5. Mini Jingle Bells ($32 for 144)
Jingle bells are an easy way to dress up any gift. I like them to be at least 1″ in size for decoration. String ribbon through a few bells and tie them to your wrapped present.

6. Letter Cookie Cutters ($1.25 each)
Cookie cutters are one of my favorite ways to personalize a package: Simply choose the first letter of the recipient’s name.

7. Minted Personalized Wrapping Paper ($15 for five sheets)
Not to be overlooked, wrapping paper is the starting point for a beautifully wrapped gift—I love this personalizable one by Melanie Severin called “Festive Ribbon.”

8. Scotch Pop-Up Tape ($2)
How many times have you started to wrap a gift, only to have to let go to hunt for tape? This handy tape dispenser is loaded with pre-cut strips that are ready and waiting.

9. Bulk Tissue Paper in Antique Gold ($10.50 for 48 sheets)
As the holidays get closer, many stores run out of gift boxes and tissue paper. Dress up your own boxes with pretty gold tissue paper that complements just about any wrapping paper.

10. Candy Canes
Candy canes are universally loved this time of year and make a festive gift topper! Just pick up a box or two at your local grocery store.

Happy Holidays from Kimberly FitzSimons!

More Holiday Gift-Wrapping Ideas:
DIY: Three Easy Holiday Gift-Wrapping Ideas
• How to Tie the Perfect Bow
• Ribbon and Wrapping Paper Guide

You can find more of Kimberly on her  blog.

  1. Jill Bartholomew

    Thanks for sharing some great new tips for wrapping my holiday gifts. My gifts will have a much more dressed up look this year! Good luck with winning the Gift Wrapper award in your family.

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  3. Susan Brown

    Kimberly, This was fun to read and so well done. And how cool that your Dad wins. Happy Holidays. Susan