If Christmas shopping has you reaching for your humbug hat, nothing really drives that nail in the coffin like gift wrapping. I, for one, could sit for hours watching festive films and curling ribbon like an elf until my hearts content, but it’s a different story for my husband. So this one is for those of you who break out in a cold sweat at the thought of wrapping paper and double sided sticky tape.
I’ve got the insiders tips of the trade from an ex John Lewis gift wrapper, and gents you’ve got no excuse…Introducing Sam Granger, the gift wrap guru. Earlier this month I invited Sam over to do a bit of gift wrapping for me so I could observe and soak up all his know how to share with you lovely lot…
- Use a box. Pop any awkward shaped gifts in a box to make for straightforward, satisfying gift wrap. It doesn’t need to be a fancy gift box if you’re going to do fabulous wrapping over the top. This is also a great tip to throw off little hands that like to squeeze the presents under the tree.
- Measure Twice, Cut Once. Roll out your wrapping paper and work out how much you need to fully cover your item, double check so you only need to cut one piece of paper. It’s best to leave a little extra on the ends that you will be folding into points, too little paper makes this task impossible. Be sure to measure out any ribbon too so you have enough length to really go to town on those ribbon curls!
- Double Sided Tape is your friend. To achieve that ‘professional’ finish use double sided tape and tape along the entire length of the paper to avoid any flappy edges.
- High Quality Paper. It cuts and folds much better and you won’t get any annoying wrinkles. It’s probably not worth using for the kiddie presents that will be torn apart in 3 seconds flat but for those who will truly appreciate a beautifully wrapped gift, why not splash out.
- Finish with a Flourish. Not only does beautiful ribbon, gift tags and little decorations look fab, it can also hide a multitude of sins from the wrapping process.
-Fifi & Sam x