How to wrap a present (plus win a $100 typo voucher)
Sure, presents are awesome at Christmas, birthdays and other big occasions, but I’ve always said that the way you wrap a present is just as important as what waits inside. I go to great lengths – especially during the festive season – to hunt down stunning paper, accent ribbon and any other bells and whistles I can get my hands on, and suggest you do the same if you really want to create a moment for the recipient of your pressie.
But if you’re a bit of a rookie when it comes to gift wrapping and find the entire process a bit of a headache, here are some tips on how to wrap a present perfectly:
Square or Rectangle Gift Wrapping
These shapes are made for paper, so look for rolls of gift wrap as opposed to folded varieties. Folded papers may create an unwanted crease in your pressie, while a rolled variety will glide across your gift seamlessly. Brown paper never goes out of style, but it needs some colourful hue to make it pop. I recommend ribbon in hot pink, turquoise or even black and white (for a more subdued look). You may even want to wrap a second strip of soft cardboard around your wrapped present – before you apply ribbon – to add some extra dimension to the gift, like in the picture above from Typo.
Round or Cylindrical Gift Wrapping
I wouldn’t even look at a roll of paper when it comes to wrapping shapes like this, because you’re going to end up with a lot of creases, or you’ll need to be quite the whiz with scissors to cut in just the right places to make it look good. I’d definitely go for gift bags when it comes to presenting gifts in these shapes, but don’t let it stop there. You can pimp your bag with colourful ribbon by using a hole punch at the top of the bag and then feeding the ribbon through, effectively closing the gift bag. It’s also a great opportunity to slide in a gift tag on some twine to make the gift pop.
Oversized and/0r Multiple Present Gift Wrapping
If your recipient is lucky enough to get a large gift from you or a bundle of smaller ones, presenting them in a sack is the best move here, because it makes transporting the gift an easy journey. If you choose a bag that is decorated and/or screen printed on the outside, the recipient is still given a moment of surprise as they open the sack and you avoid having to wrap a jumbo gift. That said, if you are giving a number of smaller gifts and they’re square or rectangle in shape, I’d still advise you wrap those before you bag them (let’s not be cutting corners, OK?).
Win a $100 Typo Voucher!
To Enter the Competition:
– Hit the Typo Wrapping and Card Department (Click here)
– Drop a comment below naming your fave wrap or card and why
Comp Open to Aus residents only. Comp ends 11.59pm Friday December 19.