Published on December 18th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
National Wrapping Day
Have you finished your Christmas Shopping yet? Today not only is exactly a week before Christmas, it is also National Wrapping Day.
This is the day for you to put some time aside, to give Santa a helping hand and wrap all your presents.
Wrap Up Well
Gift wrapping goes hand in hand with joyful events such as Christmas, birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. Taking the time to wrap gifts well is a very worthwhile exercise. According to a psychological study, recipients of gifts are more likely to rate a gift more favourably if it is well wrapped.
Earlier this week we gave you our ultimate guide to Christmas Wrapping. So, if you follow all our hints and tips, getting all your gifts ready will be a breeze. Your friends and family will be impressed not only with their gift but also with the way it has been lovingly prepared.
Why We Wrap Presents
The origin of wrapping presents goes back centuries. Paper was invented in China in the 2nd Century BC and the Southern Song dynasty would wrap monetary gifts in paper to form an envelope known as a chih pao. These gifts were given to government officials by the Chinese court.
Thanks to mass production and further innovations, gift wrapping continued to become more popular during the 20th Century. Hallmark Cards are credited as inventing modern day paper when they happened to run out of traditional coloured tissue paper, and never looked back.
Get Ready to Wrap
For the perfect finish to your gift wrapping, Scotch Magic Invisible Tape is a great choice. It is easy to unwind and can even be torn by hand if you misplace your scissors. The matt finish almost disappears on most types of paper so no one will know it’s even there.
In China, red is a popular colour for gift wrapping as it represents good luck.
In Japan, wrapping gifts in cloth is becoming increasingly popular. It provides a more eco-friendly alternative to paper.
In the United States, an additional 5 million tonnes of waste are created through the paper at Christmas.