It's not difficult to find lots of pretty paper and fun accessories like ribbons and bows when preparing to wrap a gift. But then it comes time to make some decisions, it's perfectly understandable to feel overwhelmed. After all, you don't want to make the wrong first impression with a gift that's not presented in a way that appeals to the intended recipient. Thankfully, there are some ways you can skillfully master the art of choosing the right gift wrap.
Start with One Piece
Whether it's the paper or some ribbon or another type of topper, get started with something that catches your eye. It's even better if it's something that screams "Yes, this is perfect for the occasion!" Whatever you choose, it should be something that inspires you. Also, consider the personality of your recipient With something for a child, for instance, it's okay to be more colorful and fun. On the other hand, something for a boss or a mother-in-law with discerning taste should be more elegant and stylish.
Add Your Complementary Features
Think of wrapping a gift as akin to decorating a cake. Sure, the icing is a good starting point, but it's the attention to detail that makes a cake look appetizing before a bite is even taken. After you've pick out your basic material, find a ribbon or other topper that complements it. You can go with a color that's similar or opt for a contrasting color for some added pizzazz. For example, a solid, dark colored tag will stand out more on a gift with pastel paper. In addition to the tag or card, possible complementary features include:
- Hand-curled ribbons
- Grab beads
- An attractive box or bag
Be Mindful of Proportions
Pay attention to proportions when choosing what will complement your gift wrap. Each item should be able to stand on its own instead of competing for attention. For example, a large ribbon can be too much of a distraction on a smaller gift. Strive to find a balance for the entire package with everything from the specific accessories selected to the colors used.
Remember, you don't need to get super fancy with your gifts. There's just as much beauty in simplicity. And if you're still unsure about where to begin, start with a patterned item like a floral design and look for colors and accessories that work well with the pattern. Yes, it will take some time to master the art of gift wrapping. Even so, you'll reach a point where you're no longer intimidated by an assortment of colors, textures, and accessories if you simplify the process.