(Or for a small fee!)
Picture it, you and your beautifully wrapped holiday gifts, the family Christmas tree all trimmed, and your fireplace glowing with holiday cheer and warmth as you sit in your favorite easy chair sipping a cup of hot cocoa. Sounds like such a great way to enjoy an evening as you get ready to enjoy special family traditions.
Ok, that’s really cool, isn’t it? But for others, wrapping those gifts is just another obligation on a long holiday to-do list. Luckily, plenty of stores still offer gift wrapping, even online, and your gifts arrive ready to put right under the tree. Here’s an even more pleasant surprise, sometimes it’s even free!
Yes, it’s true that in-store gift-wrapping services are becoming rarer each year, but some retailers still offer them. They may be in the form of a table of DIY supplies, or a station manned with a professional gift-wrapper, but either way they get the job done! It’s a real tradition in some retail establishments and I can actually remember doing that job way back in the 1970’s when I worked for Macy’s right here in NJ. Let me apologize, finally, if you bought something that I wrapped! I am really, really sorry!
Even if your favorite store doesn’t offer wrapping services, keep in mind that shopping malls (you remember them, don’t you?) sometimes offer free gift wrapping during the holiday shopping season. Check your local mall for details (supplies may vary by location so check ahead to confirm).
Retailers Offering Free or Low Cost Gift Wrapping
Amazon – Items fulfilled by Amazon can be shipped in gift wrap or gift bag with decorative ribbon. Cost varies by size from $3.99 to $5.99 for most items online.
Apple – $5 for signature giftwrap online and you can engrave a message on the back of devices for free!
Aveda – $3 in store, and includes a gift card with your personal message. $3 per order online.
Banana Republic – In-store free gift box that you can wrap and assemble yourself. Online free gift box, but for an additional charge you can get a wrapped box with tissue, ribbon, and a gift card.
Barnes & Noble – $3.99 per item online. In store, sometimes charity gift-wrap fundraisers are available from local non-profit groups.
Bealls – Online gift-wrapping is $3 per item, and a personal gift message is free.
Bed Bath & Beyond – $4.99 per order online. Free DIY gift-wrap station offers free boxes, wrapping paper and tape so you can wrap your own in stores.
Best Buy – $3 to $6 for a gift bag in store.
Bloomingdale’s – $6 per order online and $10 to $15 (depends on size of item) in stores.
Brooks Brothers – Free for online orders.
Buy Buy Baby – $4.99 per order online. Free gift-wrap stations that offer boxes, wrapping paper, scissors & tape so you can wrap your own gifts in stores.
Crate & Barrel – In-store purchases are placed in the store’s free signature white box. $5.50 for one box and a gift message online.
Dillard’s – $6 per item both in store and online.
Gap – $3 per item online only.
J. Crew – In-store free. Online $5 per box.
Jared – Free box for in-store purchases except for special-order Citizen watches. Online free. For ship-to-store order, you must request it.
JC Penney – Online only at $4 per item (must be less than 5 pounds).
Jonathan Adler – In-store free. Online $5 per box. You can add a gift message for free.
Kohl’s – $3.95 per box/gift online only, includes a message.
Lands’ End – Online only $7 for a gift box, ribbon, tissue, and matching gift bag.
L’Occitane – $5 online only, or elect to receive free tissue paper, a gift box, and ribbon to assemble yourself.
Lord & Taylor – $5.95 per box online only, includes a bow.
Macy’s – $6 per order online only. (Closed store gift-wrapping departments back in 2010)
Neiman Marcus – $7.50 per item online with free basic gift box in stores ($7.50 for the extras like bows and signature gift tags in stores).
Nordstrom – $5 per item boxed and tied with a bow online or you can add a Gift Box Kit to your order for $2 and wrap it yourself. Special free gift boxes available upon request at the register in stores.
Old Navy – $3 per box online only.
Pottery Barn – Free in stores. $6 per package online, plus a free personalized message.
Ralph Lauren – Free in stores and online.
Saks Fifth Avenue – Online only: free gift box with holiday bow, $6.50 for a white or black professionally wrapped box with a ribbon.
Sears – $5 per box online only.
Sephora – Free in stores, just ask for gift boxes or bags when you check out. $3 for a gift satchel and $5 for a gift box online.
Sur La Table – $5 per item online only.
Target – $5.99 per item online only.
Things Remembered – $5.95 per gift online only, includes pretty wrapping paper, a bow, and a card.
Tiffany & Co – Free in stores and online. All purchases come in the signature Tiffany Blue Box tied with a white satin ribbon.
Tory Burch – Free for U.S. orders online and in stores.
Ulta – Gift wrapping is available in stores January through October and gift boxes in November to December. $3.95 for a box with a bow online.
Victoria’s Secret – No gift wrapping in stores, but Victoria’s Secret always bags purchased products with tissue paper and a cute bag, so you’re ready to go! $6 online for gifts packed in the signature pink box with a ribbon and card, or pay $3 for the aforementioned supplies and wrap it yourself.
Walmart – $3.88 per item online only.
Williams Sonoma – $5.95 per item online and free in stores.
I’m still a believer in wrapping gifts with the free stuff around the house (newspaper comics) or at most, shopping the dollar stores for cheapo wrap. But, I do understand there are temptations when you buy a nice gift and the wrap may not just suit the occasion. Besides, free wrap from places like Tiffany’s or William Sonoma? Can you really beat that?
How do you “wrap” up your holidays every season?