Wrapping to last in transition

A lot of us no longer live in the same area as we were brought up in, so there’ll be some transporting of gifts when it’s time to go for Christmas or sending gifts for birthdays and other celebrations. But how to handle it without it getting to looked all broken and squashed? Here’s a few tricks:

If you are bringing your gifts in transit, bring a sturdy bag and pack the gifts so they don’t rattle around. The bag for your smalls, a sweater, a towel etc. are all great to wrap around the outside of all the gifts, as it’lll offer a bit of bounce when you put the bag down or stuff it up in the overhead locker.

The gifts themselves – well you could always wrap after arrival.

cone adornments

Prepare a couple of cones with a gift tag for each gift. Cones made from circles and it takes literally seconds.


Obviously you can just wrap the gifts when you arrive, but it’s not always easy, and you might still break some of the original wrapping in the process, forget something like scissors (or have them taken of you at the airport), gift tag or cello tape.

If you choose to bring and wrap later, my advice would be to create bows, attachments and adornments in advance and bring them along in a shoe box or similar.

The paper itself often comes on a roll seems and is easy to bring, except more often than not the roll gets squashed. Therefore find paper which comes in flat and folded sheets or gift bags. An added advantage of folding sheets of gift wrap is that poor quality paper will become immediately visible and should be left behind. (Some great colourful rolls can at first bend show lots of white marks.)



If you choose to wrap before going – here’s a few tips:

metallic gift wrap

Metallic paper from when CD came in little bags can come in handy for small gifts.

Metallic paper

Metallic paper is the best and the worst.

Unless the gift is very even (like a box, cylinder shaped etc.) or the metal has got a paper or plastic backing you’ll struggle. The usual alu foil we have in our kitchens breaks so easily over corners and uneven surfaces, and metal paper with paper backing often shows white marks at first bend.

But metallic paper with plastic content, like the little bags CDs used to come in, can come in very handy, as it’s really strong.

If, however, you insist on foil – one way to increase your chances of getting an alu foil wrapped gift to it’s destination in one piece is to use super thick foil – and using this next tip:





The added surface layer allows the gifts to slide just that bit and give way to whatever pressure is exerted on it. It isn’t a 100% safe option, but it does help. The same goes for putting the gifts in each their own plastic bag.

cellophane, tissue paper

Some gift wrap needs a foil or plastic wrap to better last during transport


gifts in cellophane

You can group parcels, but you need to place them carefully and tightly.


















Please note

For wrapping too odd shapes – like a teddy’s arms or bangles – get a box. Wrapping with thin paper like tissue paper – double it up and leave it wrapped really loosely if uneven gift and really tight if the gift has got corners.

box from card box

I made the box out of a card box – you get a few of those at Christmas, and with a bow big enough I skipped extra wrapping all together


bangle wrapping

An uneven gift like this bangle you’ll need a box for wrapping if you wish to increase the chance of your wrapping lasting the journey















Best solution

home made produce and material wrapping

If you have no paper strong enough or big enough to decorate and wrap a couple of jars of home made produce – go for actual material


Apart from the plastics and bringing adornments in a box, I’d wrap in cloth and various materials with material bows or string.

Here I’ve stitched a bag, but you really don’t have to stitch material wrapping, just pick material which isn’t silky smooth and you’ll be able to fix it with a bow or elastic bands.


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