Definition of gift wrap in US English:

gift wrap

(also gift wrapping)


  • Decorative paper for wrapping presents.

    • ‘Each year, tons of gift wrap go to landfills after the holidays are over.’
    • ‘The gift wrap on presents for his host family was in the bag, but the gifts were gone, as was the camera specially purchased for his trip.’
    • ‘Unwrapping begins with the painted bag, then moves to the hand-stamped gift wrap, decorated tags, handmade card, and finally the starring present.’
    • ‘Maybe we don't need to get swept away in a tidal wave of gift wrap every 12 months.’
    • ‘You could even make a star out of gold gift wrap and light cardboard (like cereal-box cardboard) to put at the top.’
    • ‘You can go down to your local fabric store and buy some inexpensive velvet, or beautifully themed material and make your own gift wrap!’
    • ‘The firm handed over more than 30 rolls of gift wrap for the appeal which is collecting presents for children living in Bradford Council care homes.’
    • ‘The floor of his parents' room was teeming with presents in colorful gift wrap.’
    • ‘With a little creativity, you can easily make your own gift wrap out of various kinds of paper you have lying around the house.’
    • ‘Alice ripped away the gift wrap, and couldn't help screaming when she saw the cd.’
    • ‘The images will be available for a wide range of consumer product uses, including prints, posters, greeting cards, calendars, gifts, gift wrap, home decor, apparel and many others.’
    • ‘On the side, he continued his design work, creating patterns for textiles, wallpaper, magazine covers, carpeting, gift wrap, ornaments, and tiles.’
    • ‘He had always been a firm believer that gift wrap was made to be torn, and people who took the time to open each fold carefully so that it may be reused, were the type of people that were silly.’
    • ‘There it was, beneath a rumpled sheet of gift wrap.’
    • ‘Make your own cards or gift wrap by using nature's bounty of freshly fallen leaves.’
    • ‘It's silly to spend $5 on a roll of gift wrap that someone is going to tear off and throw away minutes after they look at it.’
    • ‘Another £2 million profit increase and extra £500,000 profit could be achieved if the purchase of a firm which designs and manufactures gift wrap is finalised.’
    • ‘So, of course I decline my free roll of gift wrap.’
    • ‘He removes it from the remnants of its gift wrap.’
    • ‘A versatile handheld paper crimper gives a professional look to paper projects ranging from greeting cards to napkin rings, Christmas tree ornaments to gift wrap.’


usually as adjective gift-wrapped
  • 1with object Wrap (a present) in decorative paper.

    • ‘We often hang the quilt rather than gift wrap it.’
    • ‘All of his creations come gift-wrapped in black boxes lined with tissue paper, a factor which Dowling believes adds to the whole shopping experience for his customers.’
    • ‘For security reasons all gift-wrapped presents will be unwrapped.’
    • ‘My twelfth birthday was coming up, and I demanded my mother buy it as a present, even insisting that it be gift-wrapped at extra cost.’
    • ‘Living rooms will sport beautifully decorated trees with mountains of gift-wrapped presents under-neath waiting to be ripped open on Christmas morning.’
    • ‘After explaining that we will only gift wrap items bought on our premises, the customer wandered off complaining loudly and threatening to write to the manager, head office and trading standards.’
    • ‘However, if a goat arrives in the post, perhaps gift-wrapped and with a bag of feed, I am hoping that B will instantly fall in love with it and not be able to send it away.’
    • ‘And there will be enough wrapping paper to gift-wrap most of Plymouth.’
    • ‘This weighty volume is a delight, destined to be found gift-wrapped beneath many a Christmas tree.’
    • ‘In our art classes, we share and respectfully display exceptional examples of wrapping paper, gift-wrapped items and shopping bags.’
    • ‘To mark the occasion, and to congratulate the duchess on her marriage, he presented her with a gift-wrapped painting.’
    • ‘People are increasingly turning to the Net to avoid shopping on the high street because of ease of payment, ease of delivery and presents arriving gift-wrapped.’
    • ‘Recently several of us were doing some Christmas gift-wrapping at the Designer Outlet Village, and members of the public were talking to us about their experiences.’
    • ‘Take a gift-wrapped present through security, and you may end up watching some cranky guard tear it apart instead of Grandpa.’
    • ‘Every birthday and Christmas, after each of us had opened our presents, she would chuck us all a tiny gift-wrapped package.’
    • ‘My daughter came to anticipate what would be the day's gift-wrapped present and from whom.’
    • ‘Brightly coloured lights, gift-wrapped presents and carols, this can only mean one thing, it's Christmas time.’
    • ‘‘A lot of the chocolate is gift-wrapped or comes as part of a gift, so people tend to buy it as Christmas presents for friends and family, along with some for themselves,’ she said.’
    • ‘It is hoped that people will put a toy, colouring book, a pencil, and sweets into a showbox and gift-wrap it.’
    • ‘Often buyers get them gift-wrapped for their dear ones.’
    wrap, wrap up, gift-wrap
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    1. 1.1informal Hand over (something) as if a gift.
      ‘his first on-screen role came gift-wrapped’
      • ‘But any nerves harboured by them were swiftly expunged with a brace of gift-wrapped goals against adversaries who were lethargic, lacklustre and terribly out of sorts.’
      • ‘But in the end victory came gift-wrapped from Italy.’
      • ‘Victories like this one will not always come so neatly gift-wrapped.’
      • ‘The Cook Cup was handed to Australia on a plate, gift-wrapped beautifully.’
      • ‘Yet in the last 20 of the first period, they proved what a infuriating team they can be, making mistakes aplenty and gift-wrapping a handful of tries to the hosts with weak tackling.’


gift wrap

/ˈɡift ˌrap//ˈɡɪft ˌræp/