Good things come in small packages, but great things come in WRAPPED packages. For your next celebration or holiday, use some of these simple tips to make your gifts memorable both on the inside and out.
Gift Wrapping Tips
Think beyond the bow. Adorn gifts with flowers or greenery, small toys, candy or tree ornaments. Replace ribbon with a necktie for a male recipient. For a female, top gifts with an inexpensive necklace, broach or ring.
– Mariangelo Petrone, Bronx, NY, winner of the 2010 Scotch® Most Gifted Wrapper™ Contest
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Indulge your creative side by repurposing items around the house as gift wrap. Fabric scraps, newspaper magazine pages, kids' artwork and even old bedding and clothes can replace wrapping paper. It's an environmentally and budget-friendly way to wrap.
– Bertha C., St. Louis, MO
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Reuse cardboard tubes from wrapping paper, paper towels or toilet paper to wrap socks and other soft or odd-shaped gifts. Best of all, the recipient will never guess what it is.
– Colleen S., Seaford, DE
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Wrapping with the recipient's personality in mind makes the gift extra special. For example, for the chocolate lover, glue wrapped chocolate candies onto ribbon. If you're wrapping for a sports fan, choose paper in the colors of the recipient's favorite team.
– Rosie Sato, Gardena, CA, winner of the 2011 Scotch® Most Gifted Wrapper™ Contest
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Recycle the celebrations. My mom taught me to cut up old birthday holiday cards and use them as gift tags. Attach them to gifts using Scotch® Double Sided Tape.
– Catherine C., Chicago, IL
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When wrapping something round (or a soft item that can be rolled into a ball or cylinder), add some pizzazz by "candy wrapping" it. Place the item in the center of the wrapping paper, rolling it up and tie off each end with ribbon.
– Martha H., Baldwinsville, NY
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Add a pleated bellyband around your package for a fresh, modern take on traditional ribbon. Cut a wide strip of contrasting paper using a Scotch® Gift Wrap Cutter to help guarantee a straight edge. Create pleats by folding the strip multiple times. Tape the strip securely around the center of the package.
– Alton DuLaney, NY, winner of the 2008 Scotch® Most Gifted Wrapper™ Contest
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Have lots of gifts to wrap? Simplify by using one or two solid colored papers for every package. Personalize each one using different ribbons and adornments.
– Rosie Sato., Gardena, Calif.
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Keep all your wrapping supplies handy and in one place. Designate a box for all your wrapping tools, including tape, scissors or cutter, ribbons, bows and gift tags. My favorite supply is my Scotch® Pop-Up Tape Handband Dispenser. It makes wrapping a breeze!
– Jennifer C., Mt. Pleasant, SC
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Don't go overboard with the bows. A simple ribbon or even a piece of yarn or string tied like a shoelace can look pretty and elegant.
– Sigrid H., Oakland, CA
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