This afternoon I have spent about two hours wrapping Christmas presents. I don’t dislike it, but if you’ve got lots of presents to wrap, it can get a little bit boring. So how do you make wrapping presents more fun, at the same time as making your gifts look beautiful and thoughtful?
Here are my favourite five Christmas wrapping tips*
Eat a biscuit and have a nice cup of tea
Having a snack and a warm drink to hand makes the whole thing a lot more fun. This afternoon I went for a tin of Fabulously Fox’s. If you’re wrapping in the evening, sherry is an acceptable alternative. (The evening officially starts at about 4pm in the winter. Fact.)
Have all your equipment to hand before you start
This year I have bought one of those cool tape dispensers that you wear on your hand. The refills cost a small fortune but it’s worth it. No more tapey teeth for me.
If in doubt, buy more ribbons
This is my motto. I have a whole box full of Christmas ribbons. I very rarely actually use them, but they are lovely to look at, and make me feel like a present wrapping professional.
Personalise your gift wrap
Everyone knows that getting the kids to potato print holly leaves onto brown paper is the wholesome way to do it, but if you don’t really like crafts (like me) then buying some personalised gift wrap is the way to go.
Christmas present roulette
If you really want to make things more interesting, don’t write tags. Muddle all the presents up under the tree and just let your friends and family take pot luck.
*These tips apply equally well to birthdays. I am nothing if not versatile.