Nerenberg recommends using a heavy, office-style tape dispenser, so you can rip pieces off with one hand, and razor-sharp scissors. Simplify the process by choosing a single color scheme, white paper and red bows, for example. Or you can go the gift bag route, which doesn't have to cost $5 a pop. Nerenberg suggests you buy brown paper bags with handles, snip off the handles, and replace them with velvet ribbons. (Just use a hole punch and thread them through.) "Tie on an ornament if you want to make it really festive"—without breaking a sweat.
— Jenny Bailly