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Top your gift off with ribbons and bows

When wrapping a gift, many people consider gift bags and gift wrap only, but don't consider the effect that a ribbon can make on a gift. Ribbons add an accent to a wrapped present, drawing attention to it and adding a beautiful finish to an otherwise utilitarian gift. Ribbons and bows are very important and quite inexpensive, making decorating your gift easy and fun. Giving a memorable gift starts with the gift wrapping, and ribbon is definitely part of that process.

Types of Decorative Ribbon

There are many types of ribbon available for purchase. One of the most common ways is to buy spools of ribbon, which can coordinate with gift wrap for a streamlined, coordinated look. Many retailers will sell gift wrap and ribbon together, allowing you an easy selection of color-coordinated wrap that can really make an impact when giving gifts. Ribbon is also available by the spool, without gift wrap or gift bags, as well.

Ribbons and bows can be found online or in a regular retail store, and are generally inexpensive and can be bought in bulk. Some people choose to buy ribbon wholesale online, which can make their holiday wrapping easier, as ribbon can be bought and shipped in all sorts of colours, fabrics and styles. Personalized ribbon is available, as well. This type of ribbon can include writing or a personal message printed on it, which can add a unique touch to your gift.

Decorative Techniques for Ribbon

One of the best ways to make ribbon really stand out is to learn to curl it. This is not hard to do. Take a pencil and curl the ribbon around it -- most ribbons will take the contour of the pencil and curl accordingly. You can also curl ribbon with a scissor or knife blade, as well, for the same effect. If you don't want to curl ribbon yourself, you can buy curling ribbon at any craft store.

Ribbon is definitely a great way to add accent to your gift and really make it memorable and beautiful. Since it is so inexpensive, ribbon can be a regular part of your gift wrapping easily.

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