No Tag? No Problem! Print These DIY Holiday Gift Tags

Free printable gift tags for your holiday wrapping needs!

I literally never remember to purchase gift tags at Christmastime – and I’m not using the term “literally” for extra drama here. I actually cannot recall a single time I’ve ever picked up gift tags at the store, put them in my shopping basket, and taken them to the register to check out. What usually ends up happening when I’m wrapping presents is I realize my mistake, try to find a nice-enough piece scrap of paper, scribble the recipient’s name on the back, throw on a little Scotch tape, and call it a day. Continue Reading

Free Template Generators for Boxes, Bags and More!

Free box template printables

Handy, free and just in time for the holidays! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite resources for box template generators, our favorite tutorials for making your own gift boxes, PLUS some free printable downloads that we’ve created just for you! That’s a lot of gift-wrap magic!      

Ever been in the middle of wrapping gifts and realized you needed a very specifically-sized box or bag? The internet teeming with free box template generators that will create unique containers based on your measurements. Continue Reading

Upgrade Christmas Gifts with 3D Paper Bows

As the time comes to wrap up Christmas gifts this season, why not try something different? Skip the ribbons and string this year and opt for 3D paper bows instead! They’re unique, customizable and reusable…not to mention recyclable. There are at least THREE different techniques for making paper bows at home, and they’re all very easy to complete with or without templates. Mix and match paper patterns and colors, and prepare to up your gift wrap game!  Continue Reading

71 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Printables

The ultimate roundup of free Mother's Day printables. We've got you covered with cards, prints, tags, and more!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (it’s on Sunday the 14th – don’t forget!). If you’re anything like me, the holiday has crept up on you. There are so many different things to celebrate about our mamas (and grandmothers, spouses, and mother-figures), but what it ultimately comes down to is telling her you’re thankful for her. Whether that means making her breakfast, bringing her flowers, or sending her a note in the mail, these (free!) Continue Reading

DIY Custom Gift Bags from Wrapping Paper

How to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper
How to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper
Photo: M.E. Russell

Don't you love the feeling when you wrap a present just right? All the corners fold in perfectly, the tape isn't wrinkled, and you successfully tie a bow without it being lopsided. It basically feels like a Christmas miracle. On the flip side, sometimes the gift you're trying to wrap is just too awkward or too weirdly shaped, and trying to wrap it turns into an existential crisis of tape and paper cuts. Continue Reading

How To: Wrap a Gift Like a Pro

‘Tis the season of gift giving and the perfect time to learn how to properly wrap a gift. With a little practice, you can forgo gift bags altogether, and learn to create perfect corners and tidy packages. And, we’ll even show you the sweetest way to wrap a bottle of wine. Grab your tape and scissors, your favorite roll of wrapping paper, and a spool of ribbon – let’s wrap. 

Wrapping a Standard Box

  1. Begin by rolling out your wrapping paper and placing your gift atop it.

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Make it: Printable Christmas gift wrap

I don’t know about you guys, but for me Christmas is the time of year when my last-minute tendencies really come to the fore. It’s always so busy during the holiday season that between my day job, blogging, client work and family gatherings, there’s little to no time left to shop for gifts, let alone wrap them!


So anything that helps me save time and money when I’m frantically wrapping presents on Christmas Eve is a win in my book, and that’s exactly why I love printable gift wrap. Continue Reading

Curbly Roundup: Gift Wrap & Tags

created at: 12/15/2010

When prepping for this roundup, Iimagined I’d find hundreds if not thousands of gift wrap and gift tag ideas. I was right. Picking just a sample of all that I found proved to be overwhelming. But, I turned on my internal editor and got to work. My criteria for including the ones I have? Something about the images had to make me pause as I clicked through. A clever use of materials, something I hadn’t seen before or just the sheer loveliness of object. Continue Reading

How-To: Make Your Own Modern Gift Tags

created at: 12/07/2010

You found the ultimate gift, it’s deserving of some special treatment, right?  Handmade, modern, and easy, these gifts tags will be just the right touch to top things off and show how much you care.  A well-wrapped gift is a thoughtful gift, so let’s see what we’ll need to take our presentation to the next level!  

created at: 12/07/2010

These gift tags come from master paper crafter/artist Patricia Zapata of A Little Hut, who explains:

“Working on tags is fun because they are small and quick to make. Continue Reading

Video Tutorial: Make Glowing LED Gift Bows

created at: 2009/12/15

Alison Lewis, the creator of Switch, uses technology in the most creative and crafty ways. For example, in this tutorial she shows us how to make glowing gift bows with the help a few LEDs and 3-volt batteries. Check out the list of things you’ll need and then scroll down to watch Alison show us step by step how to make one!

  • plastic wrap
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • toothpicks or stirring straws
  • scissors
  • needle-nose pliers
  • 2 3-volt batteries
  • duct tape
  • a few LEDs, available at places like Radio Shack
  • glitter & sequins, if desired, but required for the Alison’s Lady Gaga-inspired bow:created at: 2009/12/15

Now watch Alison in action:

DIY: How to Make A Lighted Holiday Bow from iHeartSwitch on Vimeo. Continue Reading