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How to Wrap Large Gifts?

Gift wrapping can be as fun as you want to make it. It is half the fun when it comes to giving someone presents. But the problem occurs when the gift is a little too big to fit in a box.

But, hey, if it is the perfect gift for your loved one, then size doesn’t really matter. This is a common problem a lot of friends and family face since family and friends tend to buy rather significant and essential gifts like a baby car seat or a coffee machine.

But, you have nothing to worry about. Just because the gift is rather big shouldn’t mean you can’t make it memorable with some wrapping techniques. 

In this article, we will guide you through the steps you should follow to wrap large gifts. Ready?

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How to Wrap Large Gifts

Okay, now, let’s talk business. How big is too big? With large gifts, there are usually three categories we can divide them into –

  • Large (Kitchen appliances, Hand vacuums, big toys, etc.)
  • Extra-large (more than 30” in length – Handheld Vaccum, Car seat, Washing Machine)
  • Massive (something you can’t fit in your trunk – a boat, a car, etc.)

Depending on how big your gift is, you’ll have to find a workaround and make a fix. Luckily, we are here to show you how to wrap all three of these gift categories.

Large Gifts

Close friends or family generally give these gifts at events like weddings or baby showers. So, most stores will carry large bags for you to carry them in. But, if you want it to be nice and pristine, you can wrap it in your way.

A Gift Box

These gifts usually fall under the 30” mark, which is the general length of wrapping papers. So, you are in luck. Whatever wrapping paper you pick will cover the gift package just fine, but you probably won’t have enough excess wrapping paper to make a fancy fold or pleat.

Stick to the basics. Gifts that come in square boxes are super easy to handle. If your gift does not come in a box, you can measure the length and width and find a box to put it in yourself. A box will be much easier to wrap.

Overlapping Wrapping Paper

In case your gift is too big for the wrapping paper, just do one wrap around the 1/3rd of the length and then wrap the remaining part and tape down the seams. You can add a ribbon to hide the patchwork.

Extra Large Gifts

Now, this is where it starts getting creepy. These are gifts that are most likely not going to fit in a bag (even if you ordered extra large gift bags off of a fancy Etsy store). 

Luckily most of these things are bigger household items, so no one will expect a neatly pleated design on the front of it. But you can still do it if you wanted to.

Large Wrapping Paper

The first order of business would be getting the extra-large roll of wrapping papers. Make sure you buy the kind that is longer than the usual. They are at least a good 48 inches in length. This should cover the gift with some overlapping.

Custom Gift Sack

Now, this might sound like an unsavory solution, but it is quite practical. You can find plenty of designed gift sacks online, and they make it ten times easier carrying the gifts.

Newspaper/Brown Paper

Newspaper is a great substitute for a huge roll of wrapping paper. The good thing with newspapers is that the seams are hard to detect, and you can create a little asymmetry to make it look more intentional.

Lucky for us, the rusting way of gift wrapping is really trendy these days. You can tea stain your newspaper to give it a more vintage feel. You can follow the same technique with brown paper.

Massive Gifts

There really isn’t much you can do with a massive gift. And it really doesn’t make sense to tape wrapping paper on a massive gift since it will be hard to unwrap as well.

No one will enjoy carefully unwrapping mounds of wrapping paper off of their new car. So, the best way of going about this is to cover it with something and wait for the grand reveal.

Here are a few things you can use for that –


Depending on just how massive your gift is, a tablecloth should work fine. Just cover your gift with it and ask your special person to unravel what’s underneath. It will be quick, easy, and fun! You can choose fun prints or a color that they like to make it extra special.

But, the biggest benefit of this is you don’t necessarily have to spend money. You can find a good table cloth or bedsheet lying around your house. 

And, after it’s served its purpose, you can wash it and use it again.


It’s a similar theory to the Tablecloth, but it’s a bit more sturdy and waterproof. If you want to keep your gift outdoors and wouldn’t mind some extra protection from the environment, this is the way to go.

And, these are probably the easiest ways to wrap massive gifts. Keep in mind most large gifts come in odd shapes, so covering them is the best way to go. 

Speaking of unconventionally shaped gifts, let’s look at some other ways to wrap odd-shaped gifts.

How To Wrap Odd-Shaped Gifts

There are quite a few clever ways to wrap up a nice little gift regardless of its shape. The general solution is to go for a spare box. Let’s all be honest here, we all have random Amazon boxes swimming around the house.

You can use one of those boxes, cushion it up with some packing peanuts, some tissue paper, and wrap it with a pretty wrapping paper. This trick is the easiest and quickest. But what if you don’t have a box of the appropriate size?

Well, here are some other ways for you. Let’s dig in-

The Tight Wrap

This works on items that are not fragile. Things that are sturdy. For example – a tennis racquet, a ukulele, etc. All you have to do is wrap the actual gift in some tissue paper for padding. And then use wrapping paper over that.

The trick is to pull the edges tight and tape them. This way, the shape of the gift is pronounced, and it is always joyous to see your loved one get excited early on.

This is a great way of making the most out of wrapping paper since you don’t need a lot of excess hanging paper. Just be careful with handling your gift since there is no additional guarding of a box or bag.


Gift Pouch

Making a gift pouch is extremely easy. But, if you can’t be bothered with a DIY project right now, they are also very easily found on online craft stores. But, we’d recommend making your own pouch to add a personal touch.

Things You Will Need:

  • Wrapping Paper
  • Ribbons
  • Hot Glue
  • Hole puncher

How to Make A Gift Pouch

  1. Cut off enough wrapping paper to cover both sides according to the size of your gift
  2. Put the paper on a table face down, and fold both ends inwards so they overlap in the middle. Glue it shut
  3. Take the bottom edge, fold it and glue it shut
  4. Put your gifts in the pouch, pinch the top together, and punch a hole in it
  5. Tie it with a ribbon

Now, these are both great ways of wrapping oddly shaped gifts. But, in both cases, your gift has to be sturdy, and you still have to be quite careful with the gift. But what if your gift is a fragile piece of artwork?

Well, read on.

How to Wrap Fragile Artwork

We have three words for you – caution, caution, and CAUTION! If you buy artwork as a gift for someone, you already know how much time and work goes into each piece. And how much your gift would mean to someone. The last thing you want is to get the gift all scratched up and unsightly.

When it comes to wrapping fragile artwork, you have to handle it with utmost care.

Here are some general guidelines to wrapping fragile works of art –

  1. Get a box big enough to fit your gift
  2. Get cardboard or foam for padding
  3. Cut the foam to the size of your box. Make sure it is thick enough to be holding your gift in place securely.
  4. Put the gift in a plastic bag; tape it, and wrap it with a final layer of bubble wrap.
  5. If there are any gaps in the foam, stuff packing peanuts or tissue paper to make it all secure.
  6. Tape the box shut on all edges
  7. Wrap with a wrapping paper of your choice

Final Verdict

And, there you have it, folks. Everything you need to know about tricky gift wrapping all in one place. We hope your key takeaway from this article is just as heartfelt as your gifts. Use these techniques to wrap your gifts, and let us know how it goes. Good Luck!

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