How to Gift Wrap a Car

Updated February 21, 2017

Giving someone a car as a gift is a gorgeous thing. You can make the experience even more gorgeous when you gift wrap a car. We’re not talking about putting one cheesy bow on the car roof and calling it a day. We’re talking about making the car a presentable present and perhaps even more exciting than it already is.

Put cards in the windows. Cut poster board to fit in the windshield, side and rear windows. Decorate the boards with glitter, stickers and happy sayings. Make sure the front one says something about the car’s recipient, like “Happy Birthday, Beatrice. You’re really going places.” Prop the finished cards in the widows. Secure with masking tape if needed.

Arranged an array of smaller gifts on the hood. Gift wrap the car’s manual, a pair of driving gloves, car maintenance tools. leather wipes, ice scraper and whatever else you want to include with the auto gift.

Adorn the hubcaps. Decorate four paper plates and duct tape one to each hub cap. You can quickly spray paint and stick some glitter on top or you can draw smiley faces or more happy sayings on the plates. Use thicker plastic plates for heavy duty decor

Add balloons. Get a bouquet of helium balloons tied with festive ribbons. Tie the ribbons inside the doors and boot, and have the balloons wafting outward, embracing the car in the decorative hug.

Finish it off. Tape thicker ribbons streaming from the door handles and in a bow around the hood ornament. Drape thinner ribbon from the antenna and other places that could use a little more adornment. Make two more poster board cards to tape to the front and back number plate areas.


Gift wrap the car keys in a ring box, and hand it to the person before she even sees the car, if possible.


While you may be tempted to write sayings on the windows, no one wants to start off their new car ownership needing a car wash. Be careful of the car’s exterior. Do not tape things on the paint job. Only stick stuff to glass or metal which can be easily cleaned.

Things You'll Need

  • Ribbons
  • Poster board
  • Markers
  • Balloons and thin ribbon
  • Paper or thin plastic plates
  • Duct tape and masking tape
  • Glitter, stickers and glue
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