Of all the things to do around the holidays, wrapping presents has always been my least favorite. It's incredibly time-consuming and, honestly, I'm just plain terrible at it. If it were up to me, I'd give everyone their present with no wrapping, or ribbons, or anything else - you're just going to rip it off and throw it out anyway, right?
Still, I can't deny that a nicely wrapped gift never fails to impress, and it shows that you were willing to go that extra mile for someone. Luckily, YouTuber BeatTheBush made this video demonstrating a Japanese speed-wrapping technique that will not only make your presents look beautifully neat, it gets the job done in seconds!
You'll need to start with a piece of wrapping paper that's large enough to wrap around the full width of your gift and long enough and tall enough to cover the length and depth.
How to Speed Wrap Gifts
- Place the gift in the center of the wrapping paper and roll it so that it's now adjacent to one corner of the wrapping paper.
- Pull up the edge closest to the gift onto itself, creating an edge in the wrapping paper below. Pinch this fold with your thumb and index finger.
- Pull the edge along the shorter side of the present and use your index finger to push the paper in, creating a crease. Fold all the way up and tape in place.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other sides of the present.
- On the final side, pull the paper out to straighten the edges, then use the index fingers on both hands to pull it up onto the gift. Tape in place and you're done!
It's pretty easy, right? No more messy gifts. It may take a few tries to get it down, but once you do, you'll find it's surprisingly efficient and you'll start developing a real knack for it. Check out the video below for a live demonstration.