‘Tis the season for gift giving and gift wrapping galore.  I love giving gifts, but it’s enough to cause a surge of anxiety in even the most organized among us.  One of the last major organizing projects I did in my house was to build a multi-functional gift wrapping station in my guest bedroom.  It not only gave me a one-stop shop for wrapping, but helped to speed up the entire process! 

So, how can YOU combat clutter and chaos and maximize space during the holidays? 

Buy yourself the amazing Container Store ELFA MESH GIFT WRAPPING CART.

Had I known about this before my custom closet build, I could have saved myself a lot of money.  It has so many helpful features and contains everything you need all in one place, especially with these ELFA DRAWER DIVIDERS. Plus, once you create labels in the ELFA LABEL HOLDERS you’ll be able to find whatever you need in a hot second.  So, no more crinkled up rolls of paper or hour-long hunts for scissors.

It has wheels, which allow you to pull it out of the closet and wrap gifts in front of the TV (or wherever is convenient) without having to leave it out all the time.

My favorite feature might be, of all things, the TOP!  It is the perfect storage spot to keep any pre-wrapped presents until gift-giving time arrives.  I have been asked countless times where to store gifts as they are waiting to be given, and this is the answer!

OK, so you’ve got the cart and some trays, and a few rolls of wrapping paper. Cool.  Now what?

Now you need some ribbons and bows. Listen, friend, if you put a big, beautiful bow on a gift, nobody will see your lack of gift-wrapping ability (or am I alone, here?).  That is probably my best gift-wrapping hack. If ribbon is more your thing, this RIBBON DISPENSER allows you to store several different options and cut it straight off the dispenser.    

And how fun is this HANDS-FREE TAPE DISPENSER? My daughter already tried to steal it for her crafting, but it is staying in my wrapping drawer!

For those gifts that just won’t wrap nicely (or when you are really in a pinch for time), gift bags can be your best friend.   TIP: If you receive gifts bags, and they’re not torn or warped, recycle them by keeping them in THE ELFA HANGMATE ACCESSORY BASKET to regift.

A quick non-holiday-related tangent: gifts need to be wrapped for birthdays, too!  And housewarming parties. All Year Long! EEK! Have you ever looked at your calendar and realized that your child has a birthday party to go to in a few hours but you are woefully unprepared for it?  To avoid that crisis, I keep gift wrapping materials ready to go all year long. I let my kids pick out birthday-themed paper and bows they love and I store them in my cart. I have pre-printed To/From labels with my kids’ names on them (one for each, plus a joint label).  I also keep general birthday and housewarming gifts on hand. If you stock up on housewarming gifts (like a ring holder, or fun candy dish) and kid party gifts, you will always be prepared!

Ok, back to the cart.  How are amazing are the ELFA DRAWER TRAYS?  They are a perfect fit and allow you to customize your cart to your exact needs. This cart is an investment.  But the space it saves and the ease it brings to all your wrapping needs is well worth it!

One final tip, once the cart arrives and you fully stock it, choose a day (or a series of nights) to wrap your gifts before the holidays. Mark it in your calendar now.  And, when that day arrives, pull your new, fully-loaded cart in front of the TV, grab a drink, take a deep breath and begin wrapping! You might just find the whole process to be fun!   

Best of luck, friend.  And wishing the happiest of holidays to you and your family!


I am a proud Container Store Ambassador and these products were gifted to me from the Container Store. The links provided are affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission if you order through them. All opinions expressed are my own.  I only share products that I genuinely use and love.