Wrapper’s Delight: How to Make a Car-Friendly Gift Wrapping Kit

DIY Car-Friendly Wrapping Kit

If you’re the kind of person who buys gifts and wraps them well in advance of the party, you should probably skip this blog post. For the rest of us (present company included), buying a gift on the way to the party is pretty much the usual, and that means you’re likely wrapping that gift in the backseat in a parking lot somewhere. I’ve been there too many times to count, and let me tell you, there’s no shame in it — it is, after all, the thought that counts, right? If you’re wrapping presents on the go, I’ve got you covered with this car-friendly gift wrap kit: It’s packed with everything you need to turn your back seat into a gift-wrapping station, yet it’s portable enough to slip into a tote you can toss into your trunk.


Step 1

 Open GalleryWrapping Kit for the car: Step 1

Start with a three ring binder that zips to close. This way, one sharp turn won’t send all your supplies flying.

Step 2

 Open GalleryWrapping Kit for your car: Step 2Add some zippered pockets. Fill one zippered pocket with tape, glue dots, a hobby knife or a sharp pair of scissors.

Step 3

 Open GalleryWrapping Kit For you car: Step 3

Another zippered pocket makes a great spot for leftover ribbons, washi tape, or anything else you might use to embellish a gift.

Step 4

 Open GalleryWrapping kit for your car: Step 4I also love to have paint markers in white or metallic colors on hand — they’re sure to write legibly on any color wrapping paper, so I can skip the card.

Step 5

 Open GalleryWrapping Kit for your car: Step 5Add page protectors, then fill them with folded wrapping paper, tissue paper, bags and boxes. Anything that can be folded flat works.

Step 6

 Open GalleryWrapping Kit for your car: Step 6Grab a cutting board so you have a flat, stable surface to work or cut on — it’s invaluable when folding corners or getting that tape on tight.

Step 7

 Open GalleryWrapping Kit for your car: Step 7

Pack it all into a tote bag that won’t take up too much space in your trunk.  Your kit is complete, and you’re ready to take your wrapping on the road!


  • zippered 3-ring binder
  • zippered 3-ring pockets
  • tape
  • glue dots
  • paint markers
  • ribbons, bows or washi tape
  • pocket protectors
  • gift wrap and tissue paper
  • bags and boxes
  • cutting board
  • tote bag


  • scissors and/or a hobby knife
About Carley Knobloch 


I'm all about smart, simple solutions to managing life, work and family. I blog about the intersection of tech and living at CarleyK.com and delve into smart home technology ...

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  1. Tink Fixes says:

    LOVE this. You nailed the solution for me & 3 of my friends. Thanks for uncommon, common sense solutions. The light switch post is my other favorite so far. As a caregiver who is handy, I'm smacking my forehead for not thinking of that sooner. Thanks, Thanks, Thanks! Tink

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