How to Gift Wrap a Mug

Add a bow to your gift for a festive look.
Add a bow to your gift for a festive look. (Image: christmas gifts image by Maria Brzostowska from

You can never make a second first impression and neither can your gift. Giving a gift involves wrapping it, as even the worst present seems a little better when it is gaily packaged. Wrapping unusually shaped presents or glassware without a box may require a little more finesse, but it can be done. Pick a festive wrapping paper, with matching ribbons and bows, that represents the occasion.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrapping paper
  • Elastic band
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Bow
  • Card or name tag

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Place wrapping paper, tape, ribbons, bows and the mug on a clean work surface. Cut out several pieces of tape and attach them to the edge of table.

Place the mug in the center of a 16-inch square of wrapping paper. Pull up the sides of the wrapping paper and secure with a rubber band. Cut off the excess, leaving approximately 2 inches on top. Fold over the rough edges on top, then tape them to the inside of the wrapping paper.

Wrap a brightly colored ribbon that matches the wrapping paper around the rubber band to hide it. Tie the ribbon and let the excess dangle down the front of the package.

Remove the paper backing off the sticky part of the back of a bow. Place the sticky side to the wrapping paper and press down on the bow. Tape edges of the bow for an extra-secure fit.

Write out a message on a card or fill out a name tag for the present. Tape the card or name tag underneath the bow.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add socks, kitchen towels or candy to the inside of the mug.
  • Use wrapping-paper squares for wrapping unusual shaped gifts as they are precut into different shapes.
  • As mugs are breakable, carefully transport the gift.
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