Gift Wrapper Plus Documentation

Installation and Setup

This plugin works in conjunction with WooCommerce for WordPress.

To Install Plugin

  1. Unzip the (ZIP) package *
  2. Upload the entire “woocommerce-gift-wrapper-plus” folder to the “/wp-content/plugins/” directory
  3. Activate the plugin through the “Plugins” menu in WordPress

More about how to install manually via FTP/SSH.

Another different way to install a plugin is to go to Plugins -> Add New, click “Upload Plugin” and upload the ZIP file. Then activate the plugin.

Once Gift Wrapper is installed and activated on your site, activate your license key to get full access to settings panels for setup.

Managing License Keys

Please note the plugin functions and gift wrapping occurs without the license key activated. However, if the license key expires or is inactivated, advanced settings panels will be inaccessible. Activating the license also allows your plugin to seek automatic updates via API.

Screen capture of license key screen in Gift Wrapper settings

  1. Enter your license key
  2. Click the “Activate License” button to activate your license. OR, click the “Deactivate License” button to deactivate your license if it is active

Deactivating your license on this screen will make the license available to be used on another site. You can also check the status of or deactivate license keys at via your Little Package online account ( Localhost activations do not count towards your license key activations.

Set up Wrap

  1. Start by adding at least one WooCommerce product (Products -> Add New) called “Gift Wrapping” or whatever you desire. It needs a name and a price at least. You can also add a featured image, description, tax details, and inventory if desired.
  2. Create a unique product category (Products -> Categories) for this/these gift wrap product(s), and add them to this category.

Head over to the settings page at (applies to version 4.0 and newer)

On this page, under “General Options,” you should set the category used for gift wrap products. If a product category is not set for wrap display, the plugin will not function.

Also on this page, under “Order Wrapping,” you can add links on the Cart and/or Checkout page in case you want customers to be able to add wrap to their order. Options include “before cart,” “after cart” “after coupon/before collaterals,” “before checkout,” and “after checkout.” When the prompt for wrap is clicked, the wrap options will open in a slide-out or a Bootstrap modal/pop-up, depending on your settings.

Per-product wrapping settings, for both on product pages and inside the cart (line item), is under the “Product Wrapping” tab.

If you wish to create special rules for specific products, additional settings panels are found in each product editor screen, in WooCommerce’s “Product Data” panel.

Please test your gift wrapping options by making mock purchases before going live to make sure it works and looks great!

Not behaving as expected?

As always, when a web page isn’t loading as expected on the Internet, start by clearing your browser caches. If you are using a WordPress caching plugin, clear its caches as well, and review its settings to make sure caching is not over-aggressive. If this doesn’t help, keep reading below about un-common issues.

Plus Settings

The Gift Wrapper Plus (paid version) plugin has a WooCommerce settings tab with sub-sections, and some settings on every product edit page. If you have used the free version, you are familiar with the main “Cart/Checkout Wrapping” settings page. There are also links to the settings tab from the Plugins listing page.

The “Product Wrapping” section allows you to decide whether and how to show per-product gift wrap options. There is an option to add per-product gift wrapping in three manners:

1) On the product page as a simple, no-frills “add wrap” checkbox before the “add to cart” button
2) On the product page as a slide-out selection with a description and textarea for customer notes
3) On the product page as a pop-up/modal (two modal styles possible)
3) On the cart page per line item, under the product name, as a slide-out or pop-up/modal.

There are a lot of options for presenting gift wrap to customers using this plugin!

Per-product setting overrides

If you are offering per-product wrapping, you may want to set wrap differently for different products. Visit the product with the wrap you want to edit, and click the Gift Wrapper tab. This tab is in the same section as the price/inventory/attributes settings. You will see the option to override the default/global wrap settings for this product:

woocommerce per product gift wrap settings

With this panel, you can also turn OFF the option to gift wrap certain items even though most other things in your catalog get wrapped. For example, you might not want to gift wrap pianos or refrigerators, just the smaller things.

What is a “Line Item?”

You will notice the use of the term “line item” in this plugin. WooCommerce will call it a “cart item.” It is a row in the cart, usually one item/product. A cart might have several line items (cart items) inside, and with Gift Wrapper, each one can be wrapped individually if you desire.

Hide the Textarea Box

If you don’t want customers entering notes, then set the textarea length to 0 (zero) in the settings.

Translating Gift Wrapper

The Gift Wrapper is fully translation-ready. Many people have written online about how to translate WordPress plugins, and quite a few plugins exist to assist. Here’s a place to start, with some background and decent advice on how to go about with translating ANY plugin (including this one).

Read below if you prefer to use hooks to just change the wording on some customer-facing strings.

If you don’t understand WordPress localization or hook use and don’t have time to learn, a quick way to change Gift Wrapper default text strings is with the handy built-in string editor. You’ll see a link to it from the main Gift Wrapper cart/checkout wrap settings page ( Hint: Look for the ☂ umbrella icon right after the 1. 2. 3.

If you are using WPML and struggling to translate the “details” field, it’s because it might be stored in the wp_options database table (if you have been using this plugin since inception). WPML doesn’t peruse these table entries unless asked to. This makes it a little trickier to translate, but not too tricky! Learn how to translate details stored in wp_options using WPML here.

New in version 3.0, Gift Wrapper uses a vanilla JS modal which will not conflict with theme modals.

Older versions of this plugin uses the Bootstrap modal, version 4+, which occasionally caused some issues. The new modal avoids those issues, but still uses Bootstrap styling, which is good for anyone who customized their Gift Wrapper modals previously.

Using Bootstrap documentation and CSS/HTML, you will be able to adjust styling of your modal ad lib using the plugin’s templating system. For example, you could get a small popup window instead of a large one by editing your modal template (modal.php or modal-product.php depending on modal location, cart/checkout or product page) to use the ‘modal-sm’ instead of ‘modal-lg’ inside the ‘modal-dialog’ <div>. Alternatively, if you’re familiar with WP hook use, you can use the ‘wcgwp_modal_size’ filter hook to change to the ‘modal-sm’ size.

New in version 3.0, you can also choose to animate your modal entry and/or exit with the choice of over 1500 CSS animation combinations, with the click of a button (no coding required).

Wordpress Gift Wrapper modal animations settings panel

Gift Wrapper modal animations settings panel. There are forty CSS animation styles for the gift wrap pop-up, meaning a ton of combinations are possible!

Using Templates

If you would like to change the structure or appearance of gift wrap lists and modals, you can use the Gift Wrapper templating system to do that. You will need to create a folder called woocommerce in a child theme folder if it doesn’t already exist. (Learn what a child theme is, why use one, and how to make one.) Inside that ‘woocommerce’ folder, create another folder called wcgwp.

Move any overridden (over-written) Gift Wrapper plugin template files into this wp-content/child-theme/woocommerce/wcgwp folder. Any code changes you’ve made to that new template file inside the child-theme will be visible online. Read more information on WooCommerce templating.

For example, if you wanted to alter and style the modal on a single product page, the template you’d look at is in the woocommerce-gift-wrapper-plus/templates/wcgwp/ folder, called modal-single-product.php. Copy and move that php file to your child-theme-whatever-its-called/wooommerce/wcgwp/ folder. At that point you can make changes to the modal display. You will want to make sure you keep the basic Bootstrap modal syntax intact, so that the modal continues to function. Changing modal form input names is also strongly discouraged, as it will also break function. If you have suggestion for DOM items or CSS tags which could help everyone and prevent you from templating, please get in touch.

Keep reading below (under “hooks” ↓) about how to change text using hooks. Editing templates works, but is less future-forward than using hooks. This means that if a parent template is updated/changed by the developer for better function or to fix an issue, and you don’t have time to also fix your template override, you might have problems. Updates to templates ARE announced on your backend with plugin updates, so at least you will have warning.

Some available hooks

Filter hook ‘wcgwp_hide_details‘ allows you to hide the gift wrap “details” (explaination) area above the wrap selection and note textarea. Example use (in theme functions.php file, for example):

add_filter( 'wcgwp_hide_details', '__return_true' );

Filter hook ‘wcgwp_change_thumbnail‘ will allow one to change the image size for gift wrap options. Default is “thumbnail.” An example of how to change to another established image size (such as “full”) is as follows:

add_filter( 'wcgwp_change_thumbnail', 'wcgwp_change_thumbnail_full', 10, 1 );
function wcgwp_change_thumbnail_full( $size ) {
    $size = 'full';
    return $size;

Filter hook ‘wcgwp_load_replace_wrap_js‘ can be used to stop the JS alert box from showing when only one wrap is allowed in cart and shopper moves to replace existing wrap.

Boolean filter hooks ‘wcgwp_continue_after_cart_item_name’ and ‘wcgwp_continue_before_add_to_cart_button’ allow for more granular (e.g. product-by-product) control of whether “add gift wrap” prompts are shown. Their parameters, $cart_item and $cart_item_key would allow you to inspect the cart item and determine if you wish to proceed with offering wrapping for it or not.

Change gift wrap listing Order & Order by parameters

By default, gift wraps are listed by date posted, newest first. This can be changed with the filter hooks ‘wcgwp_order‘ and ‘wcgwp_orderby‘. For instance if you wanted to re-order them by title A-Z instead of date newest first, you could add the following code to your functions.php file:

add_filter( 'wcgwp_orderby', function() {return 'title';} );

A more popular configuration might be to use menu_order, to take advantage of drag-and-drop-style product menu re-ordering.

add_filter( 'wcgwp_orderby', function() {return 'menu_order';} );

Default is descending (DESC) order. You could switch this to ascending using:

add_filter( 'wcgwp_order', function() {return 'ASC';} );

The post query arguments (for looking up wrap items) can be filtered using the ‘wcgwp_post_args’ hook. In rare circumstances this might be desired, or perhaps necessary. Learn more about available query parameters here.

Gift wrap name display

Boolean filter hook ‘wcgwp_add_price_to_name‘ allows one to decide if the price will be shown with the gift wrap item.

Filter hook ‘wcgwp_filter_link_in_cart‘ allows for adjusting the output of the gift wrap product link which brings your customer to the full gift wrap product page.

Filter hook ‘wcgwp_display_item_meta‘ allows one to show price meta in order confirmation, etc.

Filter hook ‘wcgwp_product_name‘ allows one to change the appearance of the gift wrap product name for the simple gift wrap option.

Filter hook ‘wcgwp_add_wrap_prompt‘ allows for changing the “Add gift wrap?” prompt text, when template changes or WP translation can not or will not be used. Similarly, ‘wcgwp_add_wrap_message‘ allows you to change the “Add Gift Wrap Message:” text.

In the following example, the “Add gift wrap?” text is changed to read “Gift wrapping?”

add_filter( 'wcgwp_add_wrap_prompt', 'wcgwp_change_wrap_prompt', 10, 1 );
function wcgwp_change_wrap_prompt( $prompt ) {
    $prompt = 'Gift wrapping?';
    return $prompt;

In the following example, the “Add Gift Wrap Message:” text is changed to read “Add a note?”

add_filter( 'wcgwp_add_wrap_message', 'wcgwp_change_wrap_message', 10, 1 );
function wcgwp_change_wrap_message( $msg ) {
    $msg = 'Add a note?';
    return $msg;

If you are uncomfortable editing your child theme functions.php file, you can use the plugin “Code Snippets” to add this PHP to your WordPress installation.

Filter hook ‘wcgwp_line_item_parent_name‘ and ‘wcgwp_product_parent_name‘ allow for altering how a wrap product’s parent product name is displayed in the cart and admin, when wrap is added as its own line item. Associating it with its parent product (the product to be wrapped) helps the customer and admin see the correlation between the two.

Dealing with virtual products

By default, this plugin will hide gift wrapping options if only virtual product is in the cart.

Filter hook ‘giftwrap_exclude_virtual_products‘ allows one to turn off giftwrap offerings when only virtual products are in the cart.

add_filter( 'giftwrap_exclude_virtual_products', '__return_true' );

Filter hook ‘wcgwp_virtual_products_only‘ allows one to fool the Gift Wrap plugin into thinking there are or aren’t all virtual products in the cart (when there are). This would cause gift wrap options to show even when you have a cart full of virtual product. Example of use:

add_filter( 'wcgwp_virtual_products_only', '__return_false' );

Filter hook ‘giftwrap_single_virtual_products‘ would allow you to still show gift wrap options for a virtual product. You would change it to true as follows, in your functions.php file (or in a custom plugin):

add_filter( 'giftwrap_single_virtual_products', '__return_true' );

Filter hook ‘wcgwp_remove_cod_gateway‘ would allow you to hide the COD payment option if your cart contains a gift wrap product (this might suggest the cart is a gift, and the recipient shouldn’t have to pay for it). You would change it to true as follows, in your functions.php file (or in a custom plugin):

add_filter( 'wcgwp_remove_cod_gateway', '__return_true' );

You could also use the ‘wcgwp_change_gateways‘ filter hook to name which payment gateways show when gift wrap is in the cart.

There are even more filters which your developer will find digging around the code. Need new hooks or tweaks? Please get in touch – we are happy to help!

Make wrap options visible by default

Gift Wrapper generally keeps the gift wrap options hidden until the customer clicks a prompt. This is because gift wrap takes a good amount of screen real estate, and in many shops, perhaps most, most orders are not gift-wrapped. To have gift wrap (slide-outs, not modal) show by default, try using this CSS:

body .wc-giftwrap .wcgwp_slideout{display:inline-block}

We also recommend dequeuing the related Javascript:

For cart/checkout area slide-outs:

function dequeue_wcgwp_cart_scripts() {
    wp_dequeue_script( 'wcgwp-slide-cart-checkout' );
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'dequeue_wcgwp_cart_scripts', 99 );

For product page slide-outs:

function dequeue_wcgwp_product_scripts() {
    wp_dequeue_script( 'wcgwp-slide-product' );
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'dequeue_wcgwp_product_scripts', 99 );

This saves extra, unnecessary JavaScript loading on your pages and also prevents possible errors with orphaned code.

A Lot of Wraps (Wrapping Wraps)

If you have a lot of options, you might want to make them wrap on the page so your customers can see them. Most themes will allow you to use the following CSS to achieve that:

.giftwrap_ul {
	display: flex;
        flex-wrap: wrap;
.giftwrap_ul>* {
 	flex: 1 1 120px;

Change the number 120 to a number at or larger than the size of your gift wrap thumbnails; this is the width of each column before a line break.

Un-Common Issues

Due to the staggering number of WordPress themes and individualized shop arrangements, Gift Wrapper could not possibly satisfy everyone out-of-the-box. Sometimes the plugin seems to be missing functionality. Often we find that is because the user’s current theme has removed hooks necessary for plugin functioning. This is a bit beyond our control, but usually a work-around can be found in cooperation with the theme developer.

Gift Wrapper contains a number of highly customizable templates and hooks, which should allow you to achieve your desired results. See above for how to use the templating system to make changes to how gift wrap products are shown.

Bottom line: Using your friendly local WordPress developer’s services, you can make this plugin look however you need it to look.

Mini carts and cart drawers

Gift Wrapper is designed to show wrap prompts in the cart, checkout and single product pages. If you have a fancy theme or plugin which adds functionality to WooCommerce such that it shows a more detailed cart on other pages of your website, the Gift Wrapper prompts (esp. for modals) might not work without additional coding. This is in consideration but not planned for addition to Gift Wrapper as a feature, and you will need to build it on your own. For now, we recommend hiding line-item (cart item) add gift wrap prompts while on other pages than the cart/checkout pages, using a filter such as:

function maybe_no_show_after_cart_item_name( $bool = TRUE, $cart_item, $cart_item_key ) {
    if ( ! is_cart() && ! is_checkout() ) {
        $bool = FALSE;
    return $bool;
add_filter( 'wcgwp_continue_after_cart_item_name', 'maybe_no_show_after_cart_item_name', 10, 3 );

or selectively remove WooCommerce’s ‘woocommerce_after_cart_item_name’ action hook if not on the official WooCommerce cart/checkout page. Default (non-fancy, for lack of aa technical term) mini carts do not include this action hook, and will not give you grief.


Gift Wrapper has a helper class that checks for gift wrap in the cart. The giftwrap_in_cart method (WCGWrap()->wrapping->giftwrap_in_cart) returns boolean TRUE if there is wrap. It can be used for things like adding a Gift Wrap handling fee, for example:

function maybe_add_giftwrap_fee() {

    if ( ! class_exists( 'WC_Gift_Wrapper_Plus' ) || ! WCGWrap()->wrapping->giftwrap_in_cart ) return; // exit if there is no gift wrap in cart

    WC()->cart->add_fee( __('Gift Handling Fee', 'woocommerce'), 1 ); // add a $1 fee with the title “Gift Handling Fee"
add_action( 'woocommerce_cart_calculate_fees', 'maybe_add_giftwrap_fee' );

More information

More information is available via the FAQ on the free version in the WordPress repository.

Purchase or renew Gift Wrapper Plus here.

Get in Touch

Questions? Please get in touch.

Please do not use the forum to seek support for or review this – or any other paid – plugin. That is against policy, and you will get much faster help if you email us directly. Thank you!

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