The Man's Guide To Wrapping Presents

Avoid 'the bag and tag' and learn how to do it right

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You don't need to stop off at the petrol station for that last minute gift before you head home because, for the first time in years you've managed to buy all the presents in time.

But you now have the dreaded task of wrapping each one - and annoyingly, there are no helpful elfs, or mothers, to hand.

Here's our advice on how not to wrap your presents this Christmas, plus a definitive guide to doing it right.

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1 | The Hostage

This involves pinning your gift down on a piece of paper and then frantically binding it in yards of tape.


2 | The Recycle

You are convincing no one when you claim that carefully unpicking one of your own presents and reusing the wrapping is your contribution to saving the planet.

3 | The Bag and Tag
Taping the department-store bag shut and scrawling a message on it in biro shows a distinct lack of tender loving care. It’s even worse when you fail to remove the receipt.

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4 | The Cracker
In theory, it might seem quite inventive to roll bottles and tubes in paper and scrunch the ends together with tape to form something vaguely like a big Christmas cracker. In reality, it looks like a Broadmoor handicraft project.

5 | The Cheryl Cole
The too-perfect one that they wrap for you in the shop but stands out like a sore thumb among the rest of your hostages, recycles and massive bloody crackers.

 

Want to wrap like a pro this Christmas? Follow these seven steps from wrapping guru Elva Chu:

1 | Place the gift in a rectangular box.

2 | Lay the box flat in the centre of a length of gift paper. There should be enough paper to reach two thirds of the way up the short ends of the box, and one-and-a-half times around the box on the long side.

3 | Attach double-sided tape to the full length of one of the short ends of the wrapping paper. Wrap this side over the top of the gift, pulling it flush with the top edge of the box. Do not stick the tape down just yet.

4 | Holding the paper in place with your thumb, wrap the opposite end of gift paper over the top of the box, sliding it beneath the paper already in place. Making sure the top piece of gift paper is flush to the edge of the box, remove the protective covering on the tape and then stick it down.

5 | Turning to the short ends of the box, fold the top parts of the paper on each side flat into triangular shapes.

6 | Apply double-sided tape to the triangular tabs and stick flat onto the edge of the box.

7 | Wrap a long piece of ribbon around the gift box lengthways, and then twist the ribbon in the centre of the box to wrap around widthways, using your thumb to hold it in place. Tie a bow in the ribbon in the centre of the box, cut off any excess length and admire your handiwork.

wrapology.co.uk

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