Do your friends and family know which presents are from you for all the wrong reasons?
Confuse and amaze them this year, with a couple of our tips that’ll have you wrapping better than an elf on Red Bull.
1. Always measure your wrapping paper first and trim off the extra bit. To know how much you need, especially if you’ve got a massive present and you don’t want to end up wrapping yourself. Wrap a bit of string or tape measure around the gift, then lay the string on the gift wrap and trim it to the required length.
2. If you have trouble cutting giftwrap in a straight line, mark the paper at the edge of the sheet and fold it – then just cut along the crease. We can all just about manage that.
3. Keep all the off-cuts. Odd lengths of ribbon can come in handy to tie round the neck of a bottle – great for a quick and easy present for the neighbour you forgot.
4. If you’re half way through wrapping and run out of paper (we’ve all been there swearing profusely), make a ‘cheat pleat’ with another bit of paper. Pretend you meant for it to look like that by putting the pleat in the middle on top of the gift.
5. When curling ribbon, remember to do it with scissors shut. Follow the natural curl of the ribbon when pulling it between your scissors and thumb. A bit of ribbon can help make a bad gift look like you’ve tried.
Have you got any more tips up your sleeve?