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Your Guide to Pro Gift Wrapping


As strange as it may seem, for some people, it’s not finding the perfect gift that’s difficult, but wrapping the gift to perfection for the people they want to give it to. In some cases, you might decide that you just want to throw your chosen item in a gift bag or box and be done with it. However, wrapping something properly can be a great way to make the whole experience more special for the recipient in question. 

If you’re tired of fumbling with gift wrapping techniques that end up with more tape on you than anywhere else, don’t panic. These wrapping tips will work well for virtually any occasion you can think of when it’s time to get the paper out. If all else fails, remember you’ll still have your gift bags and boxes to fall back on. 

Getting Started: The First Steps

First things first, to wrap a gift effectively, you’re going to need the proper equipment. That means, for most people, you’ll need scissors, some wrapping paper, the tape that you’re most comfortable using, and any added extras that you think will add something special. Sometimes a little ribbon and glitter can make a world of difference. 

Gather the materials that you’re going to be using and get them ready. You’ll need a large flat surface to work on while you wrap, and plenty of access to pre-cut tape if you can manage it – so you don’t have to fumble while you’re working. 

To ensure that all the items you’re going to be wrapping are ready, check for any price tags that you don’t want your friends and family to see, and secure the most fragile items in their own boxes with some extra padding just in case – you might also want to warn the person you give the gift to not to shake it – just in case. 

Jumping into the Wrapping Process

When you’re sure that you have everything you need and you’re ready to go, measure the right amount of wrapping paper for the gift or box. You can do this by rolling the paper out on the flat surface and placing the box or gift in the centre of the paper and wrapping the paper around it loosely to see how much you’re going to need. This is especially important when it comes to wrapping gifts for kids as you don’t want to spoil the unwrapping fun!

Bring your paper up one side and across the top of the box, right down to the opposite edge, and estimate what kind of additional length you might need – just in case. When you cut the paper, make sure that you strive to cut everything in one swoop, as you don’t want a jagged edge. If your edge does look a little messy, just fold it over to get an even seam. 

Secure the paper to the box or parcel with some tape so it’s not going to move around when you’re proceeding with the wrapping process. You should centre the item on the paper and make sure that everything is properly aligned before you start taping. 

Creating a Neat and Tidy Wrap

Next, bring the other side of the paper over the top of the box on the opposing side, creating a clean seam if you need to by folding the edge of the paper. Make sure that you create a tight crease here and bring the other edge across to overlap the first bit of taped paper. Use double sided tape if you’re looking for a super clean and professional look here. 

This is when things can start to get a little tricky. Fold the paper on both sides of your gift, starting at one end so you can press the top flap onto the side of the box. The result should be two little flaps of paper at either side. You can flatten the wings against the box and fold the last little bit of triangular paper down to totally cover the box or item. When you’re satisfied, apply a bit of tape. 

We’d recommend standing the box up on it’s wrapped end when you start folding the other side, as this will ensure that you have an easier and more stable wrapping surface. Don’t forget to tape the flaps down when you’re done. 

Finally, you can add the finishing touches to your gift with bows, decorative ribbon, and anything else you like using. Remember that a gift tag with a loving message can give your gift that extra special personalised touch. Just get a tag that matches the paper! 

1 comment

  1. This is a skill I don't have, so thanks for the lesson....i don't like the lack of surprise using a gift bag.


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