Most people either love it or hate it, but wrapping gifts – particularly for little ones – is an inevitable part of the festive to-do list.
Usually when people tell you that they find wrapping gifts one of the worst things about Christmas, it’s because they’ve never really been shown how to do it properly, and end up frustrated and covered in sticky tape by the early hours of Christmas day.
The Classic Wrap
So what about the classic wrap? This wrap is perfect for gifts in boxes and is the traditional way to present Christmas gifts in the west at least.
- Firstly, lay the paper out on a hard surface and place your gift on top. Make sure there is enough paper to cover the whole box, and that there is enough room on the other sides as well (this could be width or length depending on the orientation of your box and paper). To be safe, allow an overlap of a couple of inches on each side.
- Next cut along the other side where you’ve decided how much paper you’ll need. If you don’t trust the steadiness of your hands (or you’re a perfectionist) then a craft knife on an appropriate cutting board could be a better option.
- Place your gift upside down on your cut paper, and wrap it around the gift, making sure that the side that overlaps and is visible is the neater cut; tape down this flap.
- Now it’s time to fold the sides in. Push down the excess paper on the opposite ends of the shallower sides of the box, before bringing the larger sides down over each other and taping. Do the same for the other side, taking care not to slide the box up and down the paper making the wrap uneven.
- After this you have a few options; a ribbon around the box, a taped gift tag or if necessary a postal address.
Another type of wrap is ‘Japanese Diagonal Wrapping’. This method is slightly more difficult, but can give a nice polished look:
* Clear tape is usually the best for gifts, as the recipient won’t notice the joins as much.
* If sending through the post, wrap over the main decorative paper with a thicker brown paper to avoid any tears in transit.
* For non-rectangular gifts, try acquiring a separate box to fit them in, or for round objects adopt a ‘fountain’ style wrap where the paper goes round the object and meets at the top, tied with decorative ribbon.
* Drinks bottles are best given in long carrier bags and taped at the top, perhaps even with wrapping around the bag as an extra touch.
Daniel N is a UK-based blogger who writes on a wide variety of topics including packaging and business. This post was written on behalf of Rajapack .