How to make gift wrapping easier
Many holiday shoppers
spend hours wrapping gifts
each year, and as gift lists
grow, so does the amount of time
needed to get all of those presents
wrapped, hidden, packaged and/
or shipped. Shoppers can employ
the following strategies
to make the process go much
more smoothly and to reduce
gift wrap-related anxiety.
Relearn the basics. Some people
may think they know how to wrap
gifts, only to realize it’s harder
than it looks once the paper,
scissors and Scotch tape comes
out. Relearn the basics by viewing
online tutorials prior to wrapping
gifts so the lessons learned
remain fresh in your mind. Learn
how to wrap standard clothing gift
boxes and recognize that such
boxes can often be used to house
Wrap as you buy. Instead
of getting bogged down with
wrapping all in one evening, wrap
presents as you purchase them.
This ensures that you don’t leave
everything for the last minute and
reduces the likelihood that curious
kids or inquisitive spouses discover
gifts before the big day.
Work on a hard surface. It may be
tempting to lay everything out on your
bed and wrap gifts while you’re bingewatching
the latest Netfl ix series. But
hard surfaces make the best places
to wrap gifts. This ensures there won’t
be any wrinkles in the paper and
that you won’t lose supplies in the
Rely on double-sided tape.
For that professional look, invest in
some double-sized tape so you will
not have any unsightly tape lines.
Keep all of your supplies together.
Store wrapping paper, scissors, tags,
tape, ribbons, and whatever else
you may need to wrap gifts in one
convenient location. This cuts down
on time wasted hunting for supplies
around the house.
Draw on plain gift boxes. Make
your own “wrapped gifts” by
drawing or stenciling on plain gift
boxes if you’re short on time.
Identify recipients by gift wrap.
Designate one gift wrap for each
person on your shopping list. This
way you can easily distinguish one
person’s gifts from another’s. This
can keep things more organized
when sorting and visiting with
friends and relatives later on.
Keep gift bags on hand. Gift
bags work in a pinch and make it
easy to conceal gifts that are hard
to wrap. Curious loved ones can
easily peak inside gift bags, so be
sure to wrap gifts in tissue paper
before placing them in the bags.
Less is usually more. Do
not use too much paper when
wrapping; otherwise, you will be
left with bulky, sloppy folds. Before
trimming the gift wrap from the roll,
check that it overlaps the ends of
the box by just a couple of inches.
A sturdy paper will help
you achieve crisper folds and
prevent tears when wrapping. For
the simplest wrapping design, try
kraft paper (brown mailing paper),
which can be dressed up with
ribbons, cutouts or stamps.
The process of wrapping holiday
gifts can go more smoothly when
applying some time-tested tips
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