How to Wrap Presents Like a Pro

I really like giving gifts and I always try to give people something really special and personal. I’m the perfect case study for showing that giving is better than receiving! But I’ll admit my presentation isn’t always perfect. While it is the thought that counts, I wish my gifts didn’t look like they were wrapped by a 5-year-old in the dark! But luckily for me (and maybe you too), it’s easy to step up your wrapping game with these 5 tips:

1. Put it in something you can wrap easily.
Let’s be honest, no one can wrap those awkwardly shaped packages and make them look good (unless you really are a professional gift-wrapper). But if you put that oddly shaped toy in a box, it becomes infinitely easier to wrap!If you don’t have an appropriate gift box, shoe boxes or shipping boxes work well too. 

2. Wrap you gifts upside down.
Don’t forget to place the gift face down while you’re wrapping it. This ensures that the wrapping paper overlaps on the underside of the gift. It’s one of those little details that don’t really matter to most people (especially kids who are ripping right into the paper), but that make a gift look professionally wrapped.

Also be certain you are doing your wrapping on a hard, flat surface!

3. Know that the corners are the trickiest part.
When wrapping a box, the corners are what make or break a “professional” wrapping. You need about two inches extra paper on each side of the box in order to wrap the present completely without having a ton of extra paper to contend with. This infographic breaks down exactly how you fold the corners to get those crisp edges.

4. Cover mistakes with bows, tags, and decorative tape.
Accidentally rip the paper? Have a tiny spot that isn’t actually covered? Don’t despair! Simply cover any mistake with a bow (bought from the store is simplest), name tag, or decorative tape. It’s a present after all!

5. Thicker paper can handle more abuse.
You can buy hundreds of feet of wrapping paper for a dollar, but the thinner it is, the easier it is to rip. More costly paper is usually thicker, and will still look beautiful after you’ve finished perfecting your wrapping skills.