Holiday wrap ’n’ yap

Host a Christmas party that works

By Jeannie Hund
Christmas Party Ideas: Host a Gift-Wrapping Party

Here’s an easy Christmas party idea that actually takes some stress out of the holiday season: Turn wrapping gifts into a social event with a "wrap ’n’ yap." Just pick a date, gather a few gift-wrapping supplies and invite the girls to bring over the holiday gifts they need to wrap. Time will fly. Stacks of beautifully wrapped packages will pile up. And by party’s end, the happy girlfriend gaggle will leave with a holiday to-do checked off their lists—and feeling great about the whole shebang.

What You’ll Need:

  • Ample work space (folding tables are great, just be sure to leave space to walk between them)
  • Rolls of wrapping paper (kid-themed, masculine, traditional, modern...the more variety the better)
  • Multicolored yarn, twine, ribbons and bows
  • Gift tags
  • Pens and markers
  • Fun, inexpensive gift trims: ornaments, snowflakes, bells, silk flowers, etc.
  • Several pairs of scissors
  • Many small dispensers of tape
  • Hostess tip: Collect holiday wrapping paper in advance. Take advantage of early- and late-season sales. Focus on small rolls for more variety. (If you prefer, you can ask each guest to bring a roll to share.)

What to Do:

  • Don’t clean house beforehand. A workshop is a casual environment!
  • Set out a few simple snacks (a hunk of cheese on the cutting board, a basket of crackers, a bowl of grapes and bottles of water are good).
  • Play our Giftology video series to inspire your guests.
  • Crank up some Christmas tunes.
  • Welcome your guests and get them started. Guests can wrap their own gifts or somebody else’s. Those who aren’t feeling industrious can snack and coach from the sidelines, so there’s no pressure.
  • Hostess tip: Always, always, always have gift tags handy. And make sure guests put them on right away! You will be sorry if you break this rule.

Looking for more gift wrap party ideas? Get inspired with this video featuring the Hallmark Makers Christmas Gift Wrap Collection.