Clever Ways to Wrap a Large Gift


Large gifts not only require a lot of wrapping paper to cover them, but they are often heavy or unusually shaped, which causes the wrapping paper to rip while trying to get it on. Instead of wrapping the gift in a traditional sense, use a clever method to wrap or present a large gift.

Hiding Place

  • Place a large gift in a hiding place and decorate the entrance to that hiding place instead of wrapping the gift. For example, you could put a large gift in a coat closet. Attach two pieces of wide ribbon to the door, one going horizontally and one vertically. Place a large bow and a gift tag in the center of the door. Other hiding places include basements, showers and garages.


  • Wrap a gift in a large piece of fabric instead of wrapping paper. For example, wrap a child's bike in a bed sheet that features one of the child's favorite characters. Tablecloths, shower curtains and large bolts of fabric also make ideal gift wrapping materials for large gifts. Secure the gift wrapping with fabric tape or masking tape, which will hold better than most types of clear tape.

Cardboard Box

  • Place the gift in a large cardboard box and decorate the box instead of wrapping it. If the gift was shipped to you, you can use the box in which it arrived. Otherwise, visit home improvement stores and ask for a large appliance box. Decorate the box with paint or markers, ribbon and a big bow on top.

Wrap a Substitute

  • If you would rather not make any effort to wrap a large gift, you can put it somewhere out of sight and wrap a smaller substitute instead. For example, if you get someone a car, park the car around the block, buy a small toy car, wrap the toy car and include a note on where to find the real one. If you get a child a dollhouse, just wrap the family of dolls and tell the child to look in the playroom to find somewhere to put them.

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