Put it in a box!
Put your gift in a box for yourself. Wrapping a square or rectangle will be so much easier than trying to work the paper around an item with so many curves and edges. Make it simple. You'll save so much time (and stress).
Double-sided tape: three words
It will be your saving grace when it comes to gift-wrapping. I promise. This will keep you from using too much tape-and it is definitely something you can do. Using double-sided tape on your gifts will also give those edges a clean seam. (My mom wraps presents with a lot of tapes. Don't be like my mom.)
Spend a little more on thicker wrapping paper
Dollar-store wrapping paper may be cheaper, but it's for a reason. Buy thick or go home. It is also helpful to get wrapping paper with a grid pattern on the back. In addition to helping you cut straight lines, this will give you an idea of how much paper you will need. Honestly, there is nothing worse than cutting the wrapping paper and beginning the gift-wrapping process only to find that you cut it way too short or way too long.
Wrapping a gift for Christmas:
Now that you've learned these tips and tricks, it's time to wrap up!
Repeat Step 3 on the other side. Voila! You're all set.