Tips to wrap a beautiful gift
There is a world of difference between receiving a gift which has been given some tender loving care in its presentation, and receiving one which
comes straight out of a plastic bag. Gift wrapping is simpler than it looks, and even if you are not the most patient of people, there are a few ways in
which you can improve the overall appearance of a gift in its packaged form.
Wrapping flat packages with solid edges (such as a book), is easier than random objects, and lends itself well to creativity. Tissue paper can be used
to give your gift some added padding, and is ideal if you are wrapping something like food parcels and will be putting them in cellophane.
Always wrap your package on a flat surface to try and avoid lumps and bumps. Put the side you wish to be seen first, face down under the paper on
the bench, and fold so that the side with the seam will be the last to be noticed. Cut the wrapping paper to size so that there is only enough paper to
cover all sides of the package, otherwise you will be wrapping layers and creating a rather unsightly masterpiece!
Use clear tape which is not going to unravel, and fold all your corners neatly and try and stick inconspicuously, rather than being a bit sticky tape
Ribbons are varied in their textures and colours, and add a classic touch to a gift. Use scissors to curl your ribbon, or tie a bow for materials such as
rope or raffia.
Contrast your wrapping with the ribbon. For example, gold wrapping paper can be contrasted with blue ribbon, and for added effect, buy a couple of
different sized ribbons and tie them around the gift tog ether, to create layers and volume.
For packages which have odd height or shaped bases, such as hampers or large toys, create dimension by wrapping them with a dome effect. Bunch
the wrapping paper at the top, tie with a ribbon, and cover the wrapping paper with cellophane before draping various ribbons down the package.
For a child's gift, stickers can be used on the wrapping paper featuring their