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Gifting is, by far, my favorite part of the holiday season. Seeing a loved one’s face light up opening a gift that you thought and energy behind is just… the best. This season, I’m thrilled to partner with Urban Outfitters to share a few of my favorite pieces from their shop (that would make perfect gifts) and unveiling my number one holiday tip (spoiler alert: you’ll feel like a millennial Martha Stewart afterward).

Let’s face it, a bad wrapping job can completely devalue even the most thoughtful of holiday gifts. While it isn’t the most complicated of tasks during the gifting season, it’s a struggle that each of us faces. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a holiday party at the Martha Stewart Living offices. During the party, one of the editors led a gift-wrapping workshop where we learned the perfect techniques… and lucky for you, I’m passing this expert knowledge on to you! You ready?

Here’s what you need to know…

  • Always use boxes. If your product is loose or unboxed, put it in a box. This will make your life much easier and your gifts will look envious.
  • Measure your wrapping paper first and cut off the excess. Use a ribbon to find out how much gift wrap you’ll need. Wrap the length of ribbon around your gift, then place the ribbon on the gift wrap an cut it to the required length.
  • Place your box length-wise on the gift wrap, fold one side, and tape it in the top-center of the box.
  • Fold the other side up and over the taped side so none of the box is showing. The wrapping should be VERY tight. The most important part to wrapping is getting those corners/creases perfectly taut!
  • To fold in the side sections, find the shortest edges and fold in from there. Pinch the creases, and fold down to tape. It should look very clean.
  • Never throw away your cut-offs. They will come in handy when you have unwrappable gifts like wine bottles (hint: make a small card using cut-off gift wrap and tie it to the neck of the wine bottle with ribbon).
  • Finish with any sort of bows or ribbons that suit your personal flair. You want you recipient to immediately know the gift came from you.
  • When decorating a gift, don’t limit yourself to ribbons and bows – add the ‘wow factor’ with craft wire and beads, or stones and gems taken from old, broken pieces of jewelry.

Well, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way – let’s take a look at some of the products my pals at Urban Outfitters that would make spectacular gifts!

My personal must-haves are definitely the Men’s Society Shave Kit and the Publish Thermal Teehint hint to all my friends out there. So, which pieces are your favorite? Which would you choose as the ‘perfect gift’?

FEATURED IN THIS POST: Crosley x UO Portable Record Player | adidas Original Track Pants | O’Hanlon Mills Cardigan | Firefly String Lights (used as a prop in photographing this… held close to camera to give it a “dreamy holiday feel”)

Scout Sixteen is a lifestyle blog from Justin Livingston. Justin grew up in Mississippi but relocated to New York City in 2008. On Scout Sixteen, Justin shares his passion in fashion, travel, food and drink, and mental wellness.