Friday, November 23, 2012

How-To Be A Gift Wrapping Superstar!

A sponsored hip + urban girl post.

During my final year at the University of Toronto, I scored a seasonal job wrapping gifts – oh you know, just around a couple hundred of them. I managed one of those mall gift-wrapping kiosks in the underground path and it was a sweet temporary gig that was sort of fun and crafty at the same time.

By December 24th, I had perfected my gift-wrapping skills and learned a couple handy tips that I use everyday to get all my gifts wrapped in record time. Here’s what I recommend:

1) Stock up on wrapping paper, bows, ribbons and gift tags at the start of the season. It will make the whole process less painful if you have everything on hand and you’re not left running out at 11 PM in your bunny pajamas for last-minute supplies.

2) Get yourself some decent tape. No seriously – I used cheap cellophane tape that I bought for $1 one year and my gifts slowly started to unwrap, as we got closer to Christmas. Scotch Tape is extra sticky and keeps all your wrapping intact because who really wants to wrap all their gifts twice?

3) Measure your paper & fold to hide jagged creases. Lay the gift box down and pull enough paper to cover the entire box and then some. This should give you the perfect amount of paper. After you trim to size, fold over the jagged crease for a clean finish. Make little paper airplane type triangles on each side to wrap the side of the box and again, fold the jagged creases under for smooth lines. Use lots of tape to hold in place and that’s it – gift wrapping 101!

4) Bring on the flair! Have a little fun with your wrapped gift by adding curling ribbon, a big red bow, attaching an acorn, taping a candy cane or even tying a small holiday ornament to the give the gift a little flair.

You should have all your gifts wrapped in no time – which means more time to eat cookies and drink spiked eggnog! What are your gift-wrapping tricks & tips?

How do you use tape to solve everyday problems? We’re helping Scotch Tape raise money for the Children’s Aid Foundation this holiday season! For every tape tip you share on the 3M Scotch Tape Facebook Page, they’ll donate $1 to the foundation. To see other Scotch Solutions and to submit your own check out:

Do you have any gift-wrapping disasters? Any photos you can share with us? Send them our way to - we want to have a peek!

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