I have nearly finished my holiday shopping, which for me is way ahead of schedule. I’m sure I’ll add a few more gifts over the coming weeks, but it feels good to have all of the staples in the mail on the way to our apartment. Of course now comes the fun part — wrapping!
I spent my summers and holiday breaks in college working at Nordstrom (which was a great job, by the way), so I learned how to wrap gifts quickly and professionally. I prefer simple gift-wrapping — nothing that takes an hour to construct (since it is meant to be ripped off, after all), or costs more than the gift itself.
Here are a few of my favorite tips for festive gift wrapping.
Start with thick wrapping paper, which is much easier to use, and real ribbon without wire.
Fold the tissue horizontally so that it fits the size of the box width-wise. Then place the gift inside, and wrap the tissue neatly around the gift. If the gift requires additional tissue to keep it from breaking, put the additional tissue inside the folded tissue so that everything still looks neat and clean when the package is opened.
Fold the raw edges of the wrapping paper under for a clean line.
And be sure to match the pattern, for a seamless look.
When closing the edges, make sure you don’t have too much excess paper. It just makes it more difficult! Create sharp folds with your nails, and then seal the deal with double stick (or rolled) tape that doesn’t show.
Top your gift off with a pretty bow and use sharp scissors to snip off the ends of the ribbon on a diagonal.
If you prefer, layer multiple bows on top of each other for an impressive look. I always seal the final product with one last tie, hiding the knot beneath the underside of the bow.
Have a good week!