If you’re one of those people who has never fancied spending hours creating covetable-looking parcels that look chic under the Christmas tree, we hear you.
Frankly, for most of us, wrapping presents simply adds another layer of stress during this, the most wonderful (read busiest) time of the year.
So you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a way you can get your gifts wrapped so beautifully by someone else they’ll look like they’ve come straight from the pages of a glossy magazine shoot.
Yes, it’s a Christmas miracle! And it’s thanks to a myriad of helpful elves (aka retailers) that wrap and box up your purchases when you order online – and some even do this for free.
That means that you can then spend your time doing other, way more fun things than sitting on the floor fretting about where the end of the sellotape went.
Six of the best online gift-wrapping options
From a mere £5 you can get your White Company gifts presented in a premium gift box (available in a variety of sizes) with a complimentary gift card, and a gift invoice that has no prices displayed. The stylish white box with black ribbon can be packed with gifts you’ve chosen and either delivered to you to give to your loved one, or sent straight to their door with a personalised message from you.
Be aware, though, you’ll need to place your gift box order by midnight, Monday 19 December to get it in time for Christmas.
We’ve all had that rogue delivery that has been left in a random place (like thrown through the window and ending up in the toilet bowl of the downstairs loo – which happened to us). Not any more – Postbox not only gift wraps your presents, but each easily fits through a standard letterbox, and comes with a customisable gift card.
There’s an enormous amount of covetable gifts to choose from, whether it’s food and drink surprises, socks and scarves, jewellery or books…
Gifts are packaged within one working day and sent First Class via Royal Mail with a one-two day ETA. Postage and packaging is free for orders over £35 or £3.95 if not. You can also send gifts internationally, too – check out more information here.
There’s nothing like the buzz you get from walking around with the iconic yellow and black Selfridges bag when you buy something new. But getting something in a Selfridges gift box ups the luxe factor several notches. So, how do you make it happen?
You simply choose Gift Box at the checkout, and for just £5, your Christmas presents will be packaged up in a statement sunshine yellow and black box with a personalised message included.
If you order from Liberty online you can rest assured your gift will be presented, for free, in a simple but stylish box which is available in 16 sizes and opens up to reveal the Liberty logo printed all over it inside.
Your precious gift will be protected with tissue paper or bubble wrap. And, even better, it’s as eco-friendly as possible: nearly all the store’s packaging is recyclable, and most is biodegradable, too.
Your recipient will be delighted to open the ultimate LBB (Luxe Black Box) tied up with a pretty ribbon from this high-fashion retailer. All of Net a Porter’s Signature boxes (which are free with every order) are FSC-certified and fully recyclable.
But if you want to make the element of surprise even greater, you can opt to have your purchase wrapped in tissue and nestled inside a BBB (Basic Brown Box) – also FSC-certified and recyclable.
If the lucky recipient is getting shoes, they’ll be delivered in the original designer shoe box, but protected by a BBB. However, if you want the iconic Net a Porter Signature box, simply tick the gift box under packaging options when you go to the check-out.
This retailer offers the most stunning, artist-designed marbled boxes if your purchase is a gift. But if you’re eco-conscious, you can still get a touch of luxe via a brown box which is marble lined and recyclable. Even better, each of these options are free of charge.