How to gift wrap a mug

Written by angelique de la morreaux
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How to gift wrap a mug
Add a bow to your gift for a festive look. (Christmas gifts image by Maria Brzostowska from

You can never make a second first impression and neither can your gift. Giving a gift involves wrapping it, as even the worst present seems a little better when it is gaily packaged. Wrapping unusually shaped presents or glassware without a box may require a little more finesse, but it can be done. Pick a festive wrapping paper, with matching ribbons and bows, that represents the occasion and let the wrapping process begin.

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Things you need

  • Wrapping paper
  • Elastic band
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Bow
  • Card or name tag

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  1. 1

    Gather wrapping paper, tape, ribbons, bows and mug onto a clean work surface. Cut out several pieces of tape and attach them to the edge of table.

  2. 2

    Place the mug in the centre of a 16-inch square of wrapping paper. Pull up the sides of the wrapping paper and secure with a rubber band. Cut the excess off the wrapping paper leaving approximately 2 inches on top. Fold over the rough edges on top and tape them to the inside of the wrapping paper.

  3. 3

    Wrap a brightly coloured ribbon that matches your wrapping paper around the rubber band to hide it. Tie the ribbon and let the excess dangle down the front of your package.

  4. 4

    Remove the paper backing off the sticky part of the back of a bow. Place the sticky side to the wrapping paper and press down on the bow. Tape edges of bow for an extra secure fit.

  5. 5

    Write out a message on a card or fill out a name tag for the present. Tape the card or name tag underneath the bow.

Tips and warnings

  • Add socks, kitchen towels or candy inside the mug.
  • Match bow and ribbon to wrapping paper.
  • Use wrapping paper squares for wrapping unusual shaped gifts as they are pre-cut into different shapes.
  • As mugs are a breakable item, transport gift carefully.

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