Our illustrator of gift cards and wrap, Angie Spurgeon gives her tips on wrapping presents.
- Before starting your wrapping make sure you have everything gathered together to do the job in hand. Collect all the equipment such as scissors, tape, ribbons and wrap and also the gifts you wish to wrap up. Create a checklist of items you’ll need and tick these off once they are assembled.
- Make sure you have enough gift-wrap and matching tags from the offset. Also have a good quality ink pen or metallic pen, depending on the look required, ready to write your gift tags.
- Always have clean hands as wrap and tags can easily get marked.
- Consider your colours for wrap, tags and ribbon and how these can match or contrast. Devise a colour scheme at the start.
- This year’s trendy colour combinations include the traditional reds, greens and golds as well as a contemporary turquoise/light blue and white or whites and greys.
- Choose a large, clean, clear space to wrap in. Try not to work on a carpeted floor as the fluff will stick to your tape and any static wrap will collect dust too.
- If you can use a desk or table where you can sit comfortably as it may be a long job and that will minimise backache.
- If you have a large family or lots of friends to wrap for then it can be time consuming so plan ahead and do a little every other evening so you don’t get exhausted and it takes all the fun out of giving.
- Make time for the finishing touches using ribbons and bows to embellish your parcels. This gives the additional wow factor that will make your presents stand out under the Christmas tree this year.
- Finally, pop some Christmas music or a feel-good film on to get you into the festive spirit while wrapping.
We provide a gift-wrap service for those short on time using Angie’s papers and dress them with British designed ribbons.