Perfect Gift Wrapping Tutorial, Part 1: Preparing Your Package
Nobody wraps presents any more. At every birthday party and baby shower I’ve been to over the past few years, I always seem to bring the lone wrapped gift in a sea of tissue paper and gift bags. I can say, definitively and without hesitation, that I despise gift bags. Passionately despise them! I admit that I have used gift bags in the past–they’re so easy! They’re eco-friendly because you can re-use them! But the fact is, gift bags are boring. There’s no personality in them and they look lazy. Nobody ever says, “What a fantastic gift bagging job! Way to throw something in a bag and stuff tissue on top! You are so talented! That must’ve taken you seconds!”
An artfully wrapped gift is exciting to see and fun to open. It tells the recipient that you care about the gift you’re giving, and you took the time to present it beautifully. My standard for gift wrapping is this: If you don’t feel guilty about opening it, I shouldn’t have bothered to get you anything at all.
This tutorial will show you how to perfectly and professionally wrap a present from start to finish. It will be presented in three parts over three days: Preparing Your Package, Wrapping Your Gift and Finishing Touches. I hope you learn a few tricks and it inspires you to wrap your next gift!
Acquire a gift box. This is important. Don’t think that you can neatly wrap clothing or an oddly shaped present without a box. It will look like crap. You can buy a box or find one in your house. I don’t care! Find a box. Next, take a piece of tissue paper and place it in your gift box. Hold it by pinching it up in the center and lifting it until the edges of the tissue just touch the inside edge of the bottom of your gift box.
Crease the tissue and fold it down so that the the tissue just fits neatly inside the bottom of your gift box. Move it over so that it hangs over the edge far enough to cover half of your present when you fold it back.
Close your box and give it a gentle shake. If the gift is too loose in there, open it up and add some extra tissue to the bottom (keep it fluffy!) and try again. If it feels pretty tight, you’re ready to wrap!
Come back tomorrow for Part 2: Wrapping Your Gift.
See the rest if this tutorial:
Perfect Gift Wrapping Tutorial, Part 2: Wrapping Your Gift
Perfect Gift Wrapping Tutorial, Part 3: Finishing Touches