You've decorated the house, organised your Christmas day eats and sourced the perfect Christmas gifts for your friends and family. Now those gifts just need wrapping. But where do you even begin with your son's first bike? Relax and inhale those peaceful notes of frankincense and myrrh, because we've got simple solutions in this Christmas wrapping guide.

How to wrap a box
Wrapping a box illustration

Take the hard work of wrapping by packing presents in boxes.

  • Step 1: Cut enough paper to cover all six sides of the box, with an inch or two overlap.

  • Step 2: Lay your box in the centre of the paper. Pull the side furthest from you inwards (if your box is rectangular choose one of the longer sides) and adhere with tape to the box.

  • Step 3: Bring the other side to overlap the taped edge and stick it down.

  • Step 4: Turn to the shorter edges. Fold in the four corners so that each one becomes a triangular flap: this will make the box look neat.

  • Step 5: Carefully fold the edge pieces inward to close up the box and tape them down.
How to wrap a bottle
Wrapping a bottle illustration

Who doesn’t love a good wine or whiskey for Christmas? Wrapping it neatly may seem a bother, but these simple steps will leave you with an impressively neat package that’s worth taking time over.

  • Step 1: Take about 60 centimetres of wrapping paper and lay your bottle diagonally on the corner. Use double-sided tape to stick the paper to the middle of the bottle.

  • Step 2: Roll the bottle gently down the paper so that it is completely covered, making sure that you have enough paper to cover each end. Trim the excess down to two inches.

  • Step 3: Make three small slits at the bottle neck. Fold the sections in neatly and secure with tape.

  • Step 4: Cut four small slits in the paper at the bottom and fold each section down. Stick in place.

Top tip: If you're short on time, opt for a festive bottle bag.

How to wrap a bike
Selection of neatly wrapped gifts in corner

A bike is a classic gift but wrapping one remains a mystery to most. Choose from our top tips below for unique ways to surprise your kids on Christmas morning.

  1. Wrap up the helmet and accompanying accessories instead of the bike itself. Take a photo of the bike and tuck it inside the helmet.

  2. Keep it simple and attach a big bow to the bike.

  3. Give the kids a bike treasure hunt. Wrap up the first clue and pop it under the tree. Let this clue lead them to the next clue and then the next and so on until they discover their shiny new bike hiding away in another room.
How to tie a bow
Tying a bow illustration

Make festive finishing touches with these steps.

  • Step 1: Measure ribbon: take a festive ribbon long enough to wrap around your gift twice with four to eight inches leftover, depending on how big you want your bow.

  • Step 2: Lay the ribbon flat on the top of your present lengthways.

  • Step 3: Flip the present over and pull the ribbon ends upwards so that your hands meet in the middle and the ribbon is equal lengths.

  • Step 4: Cross over the two ribbon ends and rotate the box 90 degrees so the ribbons are pulled tight.

  • Step 5: Flip your box back over, bring the ribbon lengths together in the centre and tie a bow – done!
Creative Christmas wrapping ideas
Open palm with lemon with wrapped gifts

Use these tips to give your Christmas wrapping a final flourish.

Disguise conventional shapes: The element of surprise is part of the magic of Christmas, to try disguising obvious presents. Use cardboard shapes, pompoms and scrunched up newspaper to hide that DVD or gift card.

Add festive toppers: Use sprigs of holly, jingling bells or fake snow as a final festive touch to your Christmas wrapping.