There are two types of people: those who love the intricacies and "craft" of wrapping presents, and us ordinary humans who see it as a drudging ritual during occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas. Here we have outlined a simple guide to wrapping gifts, which will hopefully make this mandatory holiday task into something that is enjoyable in itself.
While wine has always been thought of a great gift for anyone "who has everything," the challenge is to wrapping the bottle while supporting its full weight - of course we wouldn't want to give out a handful of broken glass.
- This can be easily achieved with the use of a reusable shopping bag made out of sturdy fabric.
- To achieve a fully customized look, print text or images related to the occasion on an iron-on paper and apply to the fabric.
- Wrap the neck of the wine with colorful ribbons and accent with felt cut-outs.
Consumable gifts have long been a favorite present for any occasion - they are thoughtful and won't consume space in a home unlike the usual knick knacks.
- Food items usually make regular paper and fabric soggy with moisture and oils
- A tip is to line your desired wrapping material with wax paper or clear plastic for food use
- Bundle the ends of the wrapping material with ribbons to add color and accent
These make up the one of the most practical presents during holidays and birthdays, and are not as impersonal as cold hard cash. Unfortunately most gift cards from stores come in boring envelopes or enclosures.
- Make it more personal by creating DIY envelopes and tote bags with custom gift tags
- Add a hand written note with the gift card for an old-fashioned touch
Gifts with Irregular Shapes
For gifts that do not come in a box, or do not come in a rectangular packaging - a quick and easy way to wrap it is to create a tote bag.
- This can be made from wrapping paper or felt cloth
- Can take up more wrapping material, but it is an easier way to wrap a gift
- Looks "tidy" and doesn't easily provide a clue what's inside
- Follow the steps below in creating a DIY tote bag (courtesy of Fallfordiy.com)
Gifts in Rectangular Packages
Follow the steps below in wrapping your average gift in conventional packages:
- Spread out the wrapping material and make sure you have enough material to cover the whole present
- Place the item face down at the center of the wrapping material
- Bring the material from the long side of the box, up to the middle of the item
- Pull both ends tightly so the material envelopes the item cleanly, apply tape to to close
- Close both ends by facing the open end towards you and fold the right and left ends, pushing the sides in next to your box, to form flaps
- Fold the upper flap down to the item, pulling tightly, and apply adhesive tape
- Fold the lower flap up tightly and also apply tape, do the same for the other side of the item
- Position item such that the top is facing up, gently Run your fingers along the edges of the box to create crisp edges. Do the same for the bottom of the box
Images and some ideas courtesy of Liagriffith.com, Pumpkinandaprincess.com, Aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com, Fallfordiy.com, Oprah.com