Regardless of your feelings toward ribbons, shiny paper and tape, one thing is certain: Finding time to package up presents is hard, especially when you’re trying to keep the gift—and Santa’s identity—a secret. In fact, Americans spend about three hours during the holidays wrapping gifts. That’s enough to make anyone a Grinch.
Keep reading and visit the RetailMeNot blog, The Real Deal, to see a full list of retailers that will handle the bagging and tagging for you—some for free and others for a small fee.
Stores With Free Gift Wrapping Services
Barnes & Noble
Online: $3.99 per item.
In-store: Free boxes and paper are available, but only the cosmetics department offers actual gift wrapping.
Online: $5 for a gift box, tissue paper, bow and card; $2 for an easy-to-assemble gift box with tissue paper, a bow and blank gift tag; or opt for a short gift message for free.
In-store: Free. Just ask for gift boxes or bags when you check out.
Online: $2 for a gift satchel and $4 for a gift box.
Tiffany & Co.
Online: Free. All purchases come in the signature Tiffany Blue Box tied with a white satin ribbon.
See the full list of retailers offering complimentary gift wrapping here.