A List of Essential Gift-Wrapping Supplies

A List of Essential Gift-Wrapping Supplies

There are many ways to show people you care, but tearing open a lovingly packaged present transforms a kind thought into a celebration. Equip yourself with everything you need to make someone’s day with this list of essential gift-wrapping supplies to have on hand. After all, wrapping presents is an art, and you’re on your way to becoming a master.

If you love perfecting packages, indulge yourself with a dedicated storage space to organize your gift wrapping supplies. Whether you can devote a spare room to it (that’s the dream, after all) or just a closet shelf, keep everything in one place so you can easily replenish it. Here are our essential picks in order of importance.

Gift Bags

If you have nothing else in your home, at least stock a few colorful bags that can give your gift instant festivity.

Tissue Paper

You get bonus points if you can add a sheet or two of tissue paper to your gift bag. Now you’re in business! White tissue paper will go with anything.

Scissors and Tape

The scissors are never where you left them, so leave a special pair just for wrapping near your supplies. Get at least a three-pack of your favorite transparent tape; you know better than to just buy one roll.


If all you do is wind a ribbon around a gift, it’s still officially wrapped, and with a simple elegance, too. At LaRibbons & Crafts, we think ribbon deserves the top spot on the list, but we don’t want to appear biased. Give yourself more possibilities with a variety, including:

  • Curling ribbon
  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • Satin ribbon
  • Wired ribbon
  • Organza ribbon
  • Velvet ribbon
  • Sequined, glitter, iridescent, or metallic frisette edge ribbon
  • Jute, twine, burlap, twill, lace, or mesh ribbon

There are more, but this is a good start.


You can never find the right card when you need it, so do yourself a favor with a sampling of special-occasion cards, blank cards, thank-you notes, and tags. In a pinch, you can decorate a label.

Wrapping Paper

The more multi-functional the paper, the better. Too many half-used rolls of wrapping paper can get out of hand, so use your best judgment. Make sure you have stocked something that will work for each of the following categories.

  • Birthday
  • Holiday
  • Baby
  • Wedding
  • Kids
  • Elegant
  • All-Occasion


Bows can be problematic. They tend to get smushed long before they make it on top of a package. With ribbon, however, you can always make your own bows, but prefab bows can look amazing as well. Use a clear plastic bin and start with a variety of sizes. White bows are the most versatile, followed by red.


Some gifts just need boxes, but boxes take up a lot of space. Keep a basic selection of collapsible boxes that store flat and are less likely to get damaged.

If you start with a list of essential gift-wrapping supplies, you can add embellishments and alternative materials as you go. Contact LaRibbons & Crafts for more ideas or peruse our site to find gift wrap with class and character.