One of the most exciting parts about the holiday season is picking out the perfect gift for your loved ones. It’s a thrilling opportunity to surprise them with that jacket they’ve been lovingly staring at or that manifestation journal they’ve always wanted. Then comes the next best part: dressing them up in gorgeous, glittery, and unique wrapping paper!
The thing is, some amazing presents are just shaped so awkwardly that it can be difficult to wrap them neatly. It would be far too easy to just throw them into a gift bag—you’ve picked out the perfect wrapping paper, after all! Thankfully, we’ve got just the tips for these three weirdly shaped presents and how to wrap them without breaking a sweat:
Flowers and Plants
Getting green has been all the rage lately, and what better way to help the environment than to help your bestie become a plant parent? Plants and flowers are fabulous additions to the home, whether they’re indoor or outdoor. They’ve been proven to help boost mood and creativity while cleansing indoor air of toxins while producing more oxygen.
What makes them tricky to wrap, however, is the soil they come with. If not wrapped carefully, they can get all over the place! Other times, the plants themselves are tricky to wrap—you definitely want to make sure that they remain in one piece.
If you want to get a little extra, get ahold of some tablecloth to wrap the base of the pot. Plants tend to have soggy bottoms, so this will protect your wrapping paper from disintegrating. Afterward, use your chosen wrapping paper to wrap the container of the plant. Secure this with as much tape and ribbons as you want, and voilà! You’ve got a gorgeously wrapped plant ready to be gifted.
Bottles and Canteens
Another fantastic and universal gift to give is a reusable water bottle or a canteen. They’re so much more ecologically friendly and convenient to tote around instead of constantly buying water to quench your thirst. Plus, they’ve got a lot of flairs that could represent your friend in its stylish designs!
If your friend prefers liquor, then wine or their favorite bubbly is an equally excellent choice. However, these tall items can be tricky to neatly wrap. You want to make sure it’s not something they’ll just toss on their gift pile, either!
Thankfully, using wrapping paper and flexible materials like tissue paper and cellophane are a great way to dress up your narrow gifts. Layer the softer materials first, like the tissue paper, with your choice of wrapping paper on top of it so that it’s the outermost layer. Center the bottle on the paper then pull its edges towards the top of the bottle. This should form nice little pleats. Exchange hands halfway around to tighten the pleats and repeat as needed. After that, tie off your present with gorgeous furnishings, like a glittery bow or even some tassels!
Tins and Jars
Plenty of yummy things come in tins and jars—yummy biscuits, delicious cookies, and even some of your favorite chocolates. Other gift-worthy products, like beauty and skincare products, also come in these containers that can be pretty challenging to wrap.
Fortunately, with a bit of practice, you’ll have a polished and wrapped present that’s ready to be gifted. All you have to do is to measure your wrapping paper so that it generously wraps around the tin or jar with an extra inch or two to spare. The paper at the lid and at the base should be enough to cover at least half of it. Afterward, pull the paper towards the center so that it starts to look like a bicycle wheel. Fasten this with double-sided tape and glue some decorations or embellishments like sequins, beads, or paper flowers to cover up any mistakes you make!
Finding the perfect gift—and the wrapping paper to match—is especially important during birthday celebrations and the holidays, and learning how to wrap them properly will truly put the cherry on top of all things festive. With these tips in mind, you’ll be a gift wrapping pro in no time!
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