Gift wrapping isn’t for everyone, and a lot of people only do it because they have to. Over the years in this industry, I have learnt one thing, done is the best outcome. These 5 top tips for stress-free gift wrapping this Christmas will show you there is no need to put pressure on yourself, to present beautifully wrapped gifts. Stressing takes the fun out of it, and it can become overwhelming which then leads to mistakes.
Here are my 5 top tips for stress-free gift wrapping this Christmas
Top Tip 1
If you really want beautifully wrapped gifts this Christmas but don’t have the material, time or skills to deliver them, find someone who does. Whilst I would love to say ‘hire me’, I appreciate this option isn’t for everybody. Do you have a few friends who enjoy gift wrapping? Could you host a gift-wrapping party? Perhaps swap tasks and take something off your friends that they don’t enjoy. Sometimes when you have people around you having fun with an unfavourable task, it can make the atmosphere more relaxed, and you end up enjoying it too. Get some Christmas music on, a glass of something you like, and immerse yourself in wrapping paper.
Top Tip 2
Use gift bags. No, I’m not crazy passing you on to my paper competitor, but for some people, this really is the easiest option. You can always cover the top with some fluffed tissue paper if you wanted to, or use shredded tissue paper on the inside. Gift bags can get costly though so bare that in mind. If you want to find a sustainable option, consider fabric gift bags.
Top Tip 3
Learn the basics. So you enjoy wrapping, but sometimes it can get a little tricky. Watch a YouTube video for the answer, or you can download one of my online tutorials. If you want a bit more interaction, join me in The Wrap it Studio where I can help. No matter the option you choose, knowing the basic gift wrapping techniques will make it all easier.
Top Tip 4
Use the 30-second wrap technique, it’s one that I use for secret Santa gifts. Hear me out, before you wonder what kind of rubbish tip this is. As a professional gift wrapper, all my gift wraps will be the crème de la crème so there’s no secret in who gives it! Years ago, I decided to give myself 30 seconds to wrap a gift. It actually still looked too neat, so now I give my 10 seconds. Point is, if you give yourself a time limit to wrap the gifts, they will look consistent. Apply tape wherever you need to seal it, and if you want to add a bow, you can. Ok it won’t always look neat, but it’s a job done. And if it doesn’t cause you stress, then it’s a job well done. You won’t have the straight lines, folded edges or even the double-sided sticky tape, but the gift will be wrapped. That’s all that matters.
Top Tip 5
Last but not least, send them to a professional gift wrapper like myself. It could be as simple as you posting them to me, picking a paper and leaving me to wrap and forward them on. Or you could book an appointment and drop them to my studio in Borehamwood and collect them when they are ready. Yes it cost’s more than the options above, but you will be paying for a stress-free solution. You don’t have to worry about the materials, gift wrapping skills or the time. You just have to sit back and relax and let me give you the gift wrapping service you deserve.
Gift wrapping doesn’t have to be stressful, and I hope at least one of the above tips helps to make it easier for you. There are still other options like using fabric instead of wrapping paper. Even getting creative with newspaper and foliage can be great. If gift wrapping a bike or another big item, use a large bedsheet or perhaps some paper table clothes. If you would like more tips on how to wrap a box, you can download my FREE online gift wrapping tutorial.
Whichever option you choose, make it easy for yourself and keep it enjoyable. My mum always tells me to cook with a happy heart as our energy transfers into our food. I do exactly the same when I gift wrap. I do it with love, with ease and a smile on my face in the hope that the same smile is replicated by everyone else who comes in contact with the wrapped present. Don’t let it stress you out, the smile is what we want to see.