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Published on November 22nd, 2013 | by admin

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Have You Started Wrapping Christmas Presents Yet?

So you’ve probably started to think about that list of Christmas presents for loved ones and if you’ve already been splashing the cash the next step will be wrapping those gifts before wondering eyes catch a glimpse of what’s coming their way, ruining the surprise element!

According to a survey by Sellotape nearly a staggering 10 million Brits do not look forward to Christmas as much as they should because they snoop for their gifts beforehand.

As the big day approaches there’s always a huge list of last minute things to be doing so say goodbye to last minute Christmas chaos plus prevent those Christmas present snoopers and start wrapping gifts as you buy them is our advice.

Not only that but if you’re mailing presents to friends and family you’ll need to start wrapping early and factor in any Christmas themed stamps and packaging required as the countdown to Christmas Day begins in earnest.

Of course wrapping presents is an art in itself and we’ve all encountered paper cuts and ugly wrapped gifts at some point (both given and received!). So to help ensure all those gifts will look splendid under the Christmas Tree this year, here’s our step by step guide to gift wrapping:

Gather wrapping materials

Make sure you’re fully prepared with all the right essentials for starters – as well as scissors, wrap, tape and marker pens to get the job done you’ll certainly need a flat surface such as a kitchen table.

Have you considered colour–coded wrapping? You could assign each family member with a different colour paper and then you won’t even need to think about tags, this is a fun way for everyone to identify his or her presents.

Measure how much wrapping paper to cut before proceeding

Don’t rush into cutting the paper but instead roll out the paper making sure you have enough to fit around the entire gift and place the item to wrap upside down in the centre of unfurled paper so that the seams of the paper will end up on the bottom of the package. Then bring the paper up one side and over the top of the item, all the way to the opposite edge. From there, cut the paper estimating how much paper you’ll need to cover the side of the box that’s not yet covered.

Secure the paper to the item with tape

Centre the gift on the paper and bring one side of the paper up the side and halfway across the top, affixing it to the item with a piece of tape. Then before bringing the second side of paper over the first, create a clean seam by folding over the last half inch or so of the paper, using your fingers to create a tight crease. Now bring this side up so it just overlaps the first one and affix with tape.

Fold the paper on each side of the present

Starting at one end, fold down the top flap onto the side of the gift, creating two little wings at the side. Flatten those in against the item, then fold the remaining triangle of paper up against the box. Fasten it in place with gift wrap tape and presto, it’s now snoop proof!

Add finishing touches

Instead of throwing away all the wrapping paper and ribbon that once covered other gifts, why not undertake some shredding (cut to size first as required) and use it again for lining gift boxes or bags. The presentation of bows and ribbons is an art in itself so we’ll revisit this one separately soon!

However if you’re running short of time and still can’t perfect the art of wrapping presents, don’t despair! We do also have an alternative, ready-made Christmas packaging solution that looks like a real present. How about a beautifully presented ready-made gift mailing box, we think it is just the answer.

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