Buy solid-color or striped paper, which can work for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza, and birthdays throughout the year. And if you run out of paper, don't run to the store. Instead, improvise with comics pages, maps, or aluminum foil.
Think outside the box -- literally. Paper towel tubes and empty oatmeal containers are good for more than art projects. Slip Dad's new tie into one so he won't guess what's inside.
Keep wrapping supplies in one place to avoid a mad search for scissors or tape. We love the Portable Gift Wrap Organizer from The Container Store ($13; containerstore.com), which has lots of pockets and zips up so you can carry it to any room.
Clutter buster: The dining room table
Set the table. No need to be elaborate. By putting out just a tablecloth and a centerpiece, you'll create the idea that it's ready for a meal -- not the contents of your child's backpack.
Take out additional leaves: A smaller surface means less space for things to pile up.
Keep a basket in the corner of the room for stashing stuff until you can sort it.