Gift wrapping is my favourite part of Christmas
Gift wrapping is my favourite part of Christmas. I am not sure why, I love a neat edge and a fancy bow. Printed papers or simple designs fill me with joy. I love complicated ties or butchers’ twine. Gift wrap definitely says more about the wrapper than who you are giving it to. Because all your efforts end up in the bin of destiny.
The presents from my fiancé are always either neat or hopeless. Meaning he has tried or someone else has wrapped it for him. He also loves a gift bag and will often buy from places where they gift wrap.
Me I like to take my time.
I like to have them wrapped as soon as possible so they get to sit under my tree for longer.
My tree isn’t up yet can you believe it?
Hopefully, when this blog goes up there will be a tree and presents wrapped underneath it. We have written a list of gifts together. Ideas of what we are going to get and what we got last year. Who we forgot last year (whoops) and who deserves a little something special.
Granddad has instructed me to tell everyone no more Jumpers or clothes, he has enough. I think it is important not to get everyone the same thing every year!
So here is my favourite bit.
Although I have a dining table I prefer to wrap on the floor. Frankie my dog has to settle on the couch first or he thinks it is the best game in the world. He finds great amusement in running off with Sellotape and chewing all my washi tapes. As soon as he settles down I begin.
I normally go for an elegant wrapping paper kraft paper with printed white stags or snowflakes on it or just brow Kraft paper. But this year my partner got to choose and French bulldog paper it is! It is Christmassy so I approve an is lovely thick paper so lovely to fold and only slightly tricky to stick.
Easy Wrapping Evening
First, you need the essentials, a Christmas movie on in the background that you have seen a hundred times before. Christmas lights must be on and I prefer to warp without my back seat wrapper. Do you have one of those? someone who won’t wrap but tells you which paper to put on which present. I don’t like it so he is encouraged to go play on his PlayStation.
• Christmas Movie
• Favourite Christmas Drink
• Space to work
I love Christmas movie, I will probably pop the Holiday on whilst wrapping as I have already watched Love Actually, Die Hard and Elf already this month. My tipple of choice will be a large glass of Marmalade gin with a cinnamon stick and slice of tangerine yo make it a bit more Christmas themed.
I like tradition Sellotape for tricky papers, double sided for a neat finish and washi tapes for plain papers. It is not necessary but I always have two paper of scissor! Is that too much? Paper scissors which are my biggest pair and smaller ones for tape. I never have an issue finding the end of the tape! So I never fold it over although a dispenser would be helpful too. It depends how many presents you have to wrap but I love to have a few rolls plus some back up brown paper.
How to wrap
I am keen on folding all my edges over and using double sided to cover this up.
For small items, I really love to cut a slice of paper fold over the edges to make it neat and use it as a thick paper ribbon. This makes expensive paper last a lot longer and ties all your presents together. (Not that anyone cares but me and my mum). I also love a handmade paper bow. You can find this template everywhere but I promise you will make a perfect full bow every time. I used felt to make mine. You just stick tape on the two ends of the largest piece. and tape them into the center.
Place the bow top on top of the medium sized piece.
Then either add double-sided tape to the smallest piece and wrap around securing all the pieces together.
So cute, they take minutes to make and make your wrapping look fab!
Let me know what wrapping trick you have.