According to a gift-wrapping expert.
Part of the magic of Christmas is the sight of beautifully wrapped presents nestled under a tree, so what do you do when you inevitably come across a strangely-shaped gift? Here, we share our top tips on how to wrap awkwardly shaped Christmas gifts, from an expert.
When it comes to wrapping Christmas gifts some things remain elusive; how should you wrap obvious gifts, like a bike or puppy? What about jewellery or sports equipment?
We asked Margaret Merten, Westfield Christmas Gifting Expert, to share her tips for disguising these oddly shaped and obvious gifts so they’re ready for the big reveal.
Margaret says the hardest part of gifting a large item is not how to wrap it, but how to hide it to it a surprise! | Photo: bauersyndication.com.au
How do you wrap oversized items, like a bike?
Definitely put a bow on it. I think the best way to surprise anyone with a large present is to wheel it in last when all other presents have been opened. That way you get the special moment when they see it for the first time rather than leaving it under the tree.
How do you disguise obvious gifts like jewellery, clothes or balls?
I love putting precious things such as jewellery or clothing into a lovely box. Surround the item with tissue paper, or even under layers of tissue paper to heighten the surprise factor. It’s really easy to find pretty boxes in stationery shops these days, or ask the retailer for one too.
For balls, I’d recommend keeping it simple and adding a ribbon or bow around it. An alternative is to put the ball into a large box and wrap the box prettily.
When sending gifts overseas, what considerations should you remember?
The number-one thing is to wrap it properly. Nothing’s worse than getting something gorgeous and it’s broken!
I’d recommend actually wrapping it properly in Christmas paper first then adding the layers of bubble wrap. Don’t try squeezing it into a package or envelope that is too small either – they can split and ruin the gift.
Don’t forget to check postage deadlines so your gift arrives in time!
What is your top tip for wrapping gifts?
My mother has a policy of wrapping all presents without using sticky tape. She keeps the beautiful paper and re-uses it every year. This is a lovely tradition. The trick is to choose good-quality paper that folds precisely and then use beautiful ribbons to hold the wrapping in place.
I’ve adapted this approach but use tiny amounts of sticky tape – it works surprisingly well and means you can re-use the paper again.
Always have a pair of scissors handy on Christmas day for opening trickily packaged presents that small children are desperate to get into. And don’t forget to stock up on batteries for any gifts that need them.