First impression is said to be the best impression. Be it birthdays, anniversaries, thanksgiving or just another lazy day, who wouldn’t be overwhelmed to see a beautiful gift wrapped in exquisite gift wrapper. No matter what is inside, the first thing that grabs your attention is the gift wrapper. A stunning glassy gift wrapper wrapped neatly, tied up with a super cute bow is a feast to eyes and joy to heart. From tots to golden ages, from an ecstatic self too miserable self, a good gift can cheer anyone up. Read GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS for getting ideas for Gift wrapping.
HISTORY OF GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS
There are a number of beliefs in association with the first gift ever evolved. One of the tradition of gifts date back to 336 CE where The three kings came to pay homage to baby Jesus Christ on 25th of december, offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The second belief is related to Ancient Egyptians. Gifts were given to the pharaohs on their coronation day, which was considered as their birth day.
The next is contributed by cavemen who would give gifts to express their affection and appreciation towards one another and to tribe leaders. Gifts associated with Chinese New year is also fascinating. They believe gifts should be wrapped in red wrapping paper and gift money in red envelope. Gifting in black, white or blue colours bring bad luck. They also believe the monetary amount given should only have even numbers. In Italian traditional weddings, groom’s tie is cut into many pieces and the guests buy these pieces in exchange for money given to newly weds as wedding gift.
This pretty much sums up that whatever be the story, people around the world enjoy giving and receiving gifts. Now the question is, why is gift wrapping as important as gifts? Gift wrapping has proved to positively affect the recipient. A properly wrapped gift enhances the anticipation and excitement, reverberating a positive gut feeling about what is inside. So the effort you put in planning the gift and buying it must also be incorporated in gift wrapping. There are oodles of creative ways to wrap a gift. This can be categorised on the basis of size of the gift, shape of the gift, material used for wrapping, type of accessories used to decorate the wrapper etc.
TYPES OF GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS BASED ON SIZE
TYPE 1: CANDY SHAPED SMALL GIFTS
Don’t be embarrassed if your gift is small,you have a lot of different ways to make it look appealing.One of such wrapping techniques is wrap it in the form of a candy.
- Wrapping paper of your choice-size of your gift+20 cm
- Ribbon preferably satin-2 nos 10 cm each
- Adhesive tape
- Place the gift at the center of the wrapping paper.
- Fold the wrapper from both sides to completely cover the gift box and secure it with adhesive tape.
- Grab the remaining paper together and tie it up with ribbon, similarly on the other side.
- Done and dusted.
TYPE 2: MASSIVE GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS
Don’t worry if you are tired of finding a way to gulp in your big gift. The best thing to do if your gift is massive is to find a cardboard box that could very well fit your gift.
- Cardboard box-big enough to fit in your gift
- Wrapping paper-preferably roll
- A pair of scissors
- Adhesive tape
- Spread out the wrapping paper and place the box in an upright position on the center of the wrapper.
- Leave an even amount of space on both sides of the wrapping paper.
- Wrap around the long sides of the box first. Then fold and tape the corners down on one end of the box.Similarly tape down the other side.
- Over the sides of the box, pull the paper so it fits tightly against the box. Leaving any slack will cause excess creasing and make your wrapping job look less attractive.
- Pinch the corners down against the box to create two triangular flaps, then fold the top end of the wrapping paper flat to create another flap. Secure the flap with tape. Repeat on the other side.
- Fold the sides of the wrapping paper edges over the corners of the box.
- That’s it, all done!
TYPES OF GIFT WRAPPING BASED ON MATERIALS USED
- Plastic holographic metallic paper
- Butcher paper
- Cardboard boxes
- Silk fabric
- Wrapping Film
ACCESSORIES USED TO DECORATE GIFT BOXES
After you wrap the gift precisely and neatly, have you ever felt something is still missing. That is most probably because you haven’t added any accessories. A stunning bow on top of a birthday gift, a mistletoe on a Christmas gift, pine cones and dry flowers on new year gift etc could take the presentation of gift to a whole new level.