Published on December 13th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
The Post Office Shop Guide to Wrapping Gifts of all Shapes and Sizes.
Does the thought of wrapping all your Christmas presents fill you with dread? Do you leave it until Christmas Eve, only to find you have run out of sticky tape and that roll of Christmas paper you could have sworn you had left over from the year before is nowhere to be found?
Here at the Post Office Shop Blog we want to help take a little bit of stress away from your Christmas planning this year, including our wonderful Christmas Shop. We have also come up with our comprehensive guide to Christmas gift wrapping. A little bit of preparation goes a long way and with the right tools and some insider know how, your Christmas gifts will look fantastic this year.
How to Perfect Christmas Gift Wrapping
Today, we go one step further with ideas on how you can wrap your gifts so they stand out when they are placed underneath the Christmas tree.
Organisation is key and so the first thing you need to do is get your Christmas Gift Wrapping Toolkit together.
Kraft Paper – To add a stylish touch to your Christmas wrapping.
Sticky Tape – Especially for Christmas the Sello Teddies are back when you buy the special pack of Sellotape Original Golden Tape.
Double Sided Tape – To help make wrapping unusual shaped gifts a little easier.
Sharpie Fine Metallic Permanent Markers – To customise your wrapping paper and add a festive touch to your gift labels.
Tissue paper – Not only for wrapping and protecting decorative items but also for some origami magic.
Twine or String – From measuring paper to tying loose ends.
At first glance the items on this list may appear quite obvious. However, we can be a little more creative with some of these items to give our Christmas gifts that extra special touch.
Customise Your Wrapping Paper
Using brown kraft paper rather than traditional Christmas wrapping paper gives a very stylish touch to your gift wrapping. You can customise the paper by creating your own design. We especially love the Sharpie Fine Metallic Permanent Markers to add festive patterns and designs such as holly, bells, trees and stars.
Cut the Right Size of Wrapping Paper Every Time
Whilst you may think that twine or string is simply for completing the wrapping of your gift, it also has a very important use at the beginning of your Christmas wrapping tasks. Cutting the wrong length of paper, whether too short or too long is always very frustrating and happens to us all.
However, by using a piece of string to measure out the dimensions of your gift, you can accurately cut your paper depending on the size and shape of present (more about wrapping unusual shaped presents later).
Tissue Paper Pom-Poms
Tissue paper, is mostly used to protect delicate items. It can also be used to cover items such as books giving a smooth finish before you wrap with your chosen wrapping paper. Seeing as it is Christmas, we can afford to be a little more creative and make some paper pom-poms to decorate our presents.
- Stack together 10-12 sheets of tissue paper measured into 15cm squares.
- Fold the paper as if you were creating a paper fan, into a concertina shape.
- Bind the folded paper together in the middle with a piece of twine.
- Thread another piece of twine or ribbon through the string (you will use this to attach the finished pom-pom to your present).
- Take a pair of scissors and cut both ends of the folded paper into a ^ shape
- Open up each sheet of paper carefully to reveal your tissue paper pom-pom.
How to Wrap Unusual Shaped Presents
You’ve battled the frenzied shopping crowds and finished your Christmas shopping. All your carefully chosen gifts are set out in front of you. Then panic really sets in. Why oh, why did you buy that hexagonal shaped bath gift set for Auntie Beryl? How are you going to wrap it?
Luckily help is at hand. This How to Wrap 10 Challenging Shapes! video from the self-confessed Paper Guru, makes wrapping presents a breeze. You will notice when you watch this video that double sided tape is used to give that professional finish whilst everyday sticky tape is used to hold the gift in place during the gift wrapping process.
If the thought of gift wrapping is still a little too daunting, there is another way. Take a look at the wide range of Gift Mailing Boxes we have available for the ultimate easy option.
Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2016
There is now just over a week left to get your cards and parcels posted.
- The last posting date for UK Second Class Mail is Tuesday 20th
- The last posting date for UK First Class Mail is Wednesday 21st December
For all the details on Tracked, Special Delivery, and International Delivery last posting dates, please refer to our Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2016 guide.