In the lead up to Christmas, you feel like you’ve done all the hard work already: planning your dinner, organising festive outings, buying all the presents your loved ones wanted.
But then comes the next part – wrapping your presents. It’s the thing you leave to the last minute, doing it in a rush on Christmas Eve and placing them underneath the tree in time for unwrapping the next day.
We would all love for our presents to look professionally wrapped, as meticulously put together as Rowan Atkinson’s gift wrapping in Love Actually, for the picture-perfect Christmas.
Sadly, we are not professional gift-wrappers – especially when there are items that don’t wrap easily, such as a stuffed animal, a round Celebrations tin, or maybe a perfume bottle without a box.
Luckily though, TikTok is always here to save us. The social media app is notorious for users posting hacks that streamline your existence, and Christmas is no different.
Many users on the app are Christmas wrapping experts and have helpfully posted videos to show how to wrap gifts of every shape and size perfectly.
Your bog-standard wrap
This is your bog-standard wrapping, and while some of you may be thinking: ‘Okay, I know how to wrap a box, it’s the less conventional shapes I need help with,’ remember that you’ve got to start somewhere.
Beginning with the basics, particularly with how to fold and wrap the paper as well as taping it in a non-messy way, will help you immensely with the harder gifts.
Another user called @effectivespaces posted a video that showed a basic wrap with one key difference – they do not use tape. If you’re missing out on this basic item over Christmas, and all the shops are closed, they have the solution for you.
It looks like origami the way they intricately fold it, and it might take you a few tries to master it like the technique, but it is an effective way of wrapping presents without using plastic – if you use recyclable wrapping paper too, then it’s good for the environment all round.
A hat or Celebrations tub
If you need to wrap a circular box, such as a hat box, a tub of Celebrations, or anything else that comes in a round shape, Tik Tok user @thefoldinglady has got you covered.
In the video, the user turns the box onto its side and brings the two edges of the paper together and tapes it down. They then flip the box onto its bottom and put one side down towards the middle of the circle.
They advise you to: ‘Put your finger where you want it to crease and pull the paper (it will move where you want it to).’
They fold each section of the paper into the middle and uses the last section’s extra paper to fold it into a pointed triangle, making it look like segments of an orange. The user suggests placing a bow or a rosette in the middle to hide the ‘ugliness’.
So, you never have to worry about a present coming in a dreaded circular box ever again.
Wine bottles, balls, perfume bottles, and odd shapes
Tik Tok user @beeandblooms has created a series, based off of requests from her followers, of wrapping oddly-shaped items.
Her videos include a wine bottle, a ball, a triangular box, and a perfume bottle that doesn’t have a box.
Wine is never easy to wrap, which is why most of us simply put it in a gift bag and be done with it. Additionally, boxes in the shape of triangles or the eccentric shapes of perfume bottles are usually put into a bigger box that is then easier to wrap – or maybe that’s just us.
What if you don’t have a box? You can’t always rely on a gift bag, and sometimes putting some effort into the wrap is part of the thoughtfulness of the gift.
For a wine bottle, she wraps the bottle around the largest surface area, then folds in the bottom in a circle (see above), before folding down the top flatly to make it look like a gift bag in itself.
She does a similar thing for the perfume bottle, but because it’s much smaller, she first takes the wrapping paper and folds in into a little bag, places the bottle in, and folds it down at the top to keep it enclosed.
Making little bags out of wrapping paper may seem like a lot of effort, but @beeandblooms makes it look much easier than you’d think. Once again making a bag for a ball, and folding it down on both sides, it sort of looks like a puffed-up sweet wrapper.
For the triangular box, it’s all about the sharp edges and angles, similar to a basic wrap. But, because of the shape, you simply have to accommodate to folding the edges into smaller triangles instead.
Out of paper?
Have you ever been wrapping a present and there’s not enough paper to cover the box/bottle/mug you have?
Tik Tok user @samirajasmine has shown a simply and easy way of maximising the paper you have and making it fit around the item – turn it diagonally.
In her video, she uses a Nike box as an example, so it may not work for everything, but it’s worth a try.
Put a bow on it
Many of us, in the spirit of expertly and beautifully wrapping presents, will want to decorate the gift with bows, rosettes, ribbons, and lovely gift tags.
But, what if the ones you have don’t suit your present’s aesthetic? Or, you run out with one present to go? Or, you simply want to save money on the bows and spend it on presents, but feel sad at foregoing the decorative element?
Once again, Tik Tok has got you covered. Tik Tok user @sweetspicysigh posted a video showing us how to craft a bow out of leftover wrapping paper – crafty!
They take a piece of wrapping paper, fold it over so it’s two-ply, and then they cut a fish shape. It should look like an untied bow-tie, if you know what that looks like.
Then, through some clever folding and cutting, it turns into a bow. We’re in shock by the ingenuity and, again, it will probably take you a few tries to get it right, but what’s Christmas without a challenge right?
Now, get to wrapping – you don’t want to leave it until the last minute again.
Credit: Original article published here.