How to Wrap a Gift

Posted by on July 10, 2012

Presenting a memorable gift is like building a house—it all starts with a good foundation. Here, the foundation is well-wrapped gift box.

1. Position the box on the paper, placing the box upside down on the paper. Wrap the paper around the box, overlapping 1 ½ to 2 inches. The paper on the ends should be two-thirds the height of the box.

2. Cut the paper to size.

3. Before wrapping the paper around the box, fold under one edge of the paper for a neat appearance.

4. Wrap the paper around the box and secure with a piece of tape at the seam.

5. Fold down one end of the paper over the side of the box and crease. Holding the paper against the side of the box, make crisp creases creating a triangular shape.

6. Fold the triangles into the side of the box and crease.

7. Turn up the edge of the remaining flap.

8. Fold up the flap and secure with two pieces of tape, one on each side. (If it’s a small box, you may be able to use one piece of tap in the middle of the flap. A longer end may need an additional piece of tape in the middle.) Repeat on the other end of the box.

Now you’re ready to embellish with ribbon, tulle, rafia, attachments … anything that will make the gift that much more special. (More about embellishments in next week’s post!)

To learn more about what to wrap – i.e., how to find the perfect gift, check out Gift Giving for Busy People, now available in a Kindle edition!

Keep in mind:

• Always use a hard surface to wrap (i.e., not a bed or sofa). The resistance and support of the hard surface allows you to create the crispest folds and creases.
• Use quality wrapping paper to avoid the paper tearing at the corners.
• If you have double-sided tape, use it. It adds a level of polish and professionalism.
• If you don’t have a tape dispenser, pre-cut strips of tape about 1 to 1 ½ inches and line them up on the edge of the table.
• Do not tape the paper down to the box. People hate opening boxes wrapped that way.
• Likewise, do not tape the box closed. That’s even more annoying when you’re trying to get to the prize inside.