You’re not required to provide a gift when attending an event. But if you want to make a celebrant feel extra special, then offering a present is one way to express your appreciation or affection. Gift-giving is truly a wonderful tradition that people do in order to commemorate special occasions or milestones, and nothing could be worse than getting a lovely yet broken gift because it was not wrapped properly. So, whether you are giving a gift for a special someone out of the blue or if you need to bring a present for a person who is celebrating a special event, you might find these wrapping tips useful.
1. Use a gift box. When you have gifts wrapped by professionals, you’ll notice that they often use sturdy boxes. Others, however, forgo the box because they think that it’s an added cost. But remember that it’s better to pay more for gift wrapping supplies. If you skimp on it and if you don’t obtain a secure container for a breakable gift item, like a vase, glasses or dishes, you’ll only be wasting more money if your delicate piece breaks because of improper packaging. In addition, a gift box makes it easier for you to wrap an item, especially one with an irregular shape.
When choosing a box, make sure to measure the thing that you want to wrap first because you need to allot about 1 to 2 inches of space on all sides. The space is for packing materials and it will also help in cushioning the fragile item.
2. Layer protective material. It is particularly important for you to use packing materials to protect easily broken gift items. You can use Styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap, or soft tissue or paper. Begin by putting one layer of cushion at the bottom of the gift box. Gently lay the fragile gift on the soft material. Then, put more packing material on and around the item. Make sure that it is snug in the box and not moving around.
If you’re packing dishes or bowls, put a soft cloth or tissue in between each dish. A few coffee filters will also help in protecting bowls from chips or breakage. When packing tall items, such as vases or glasses, wrap each one in bubble wrap and fill the hollow center with packing peanuts or pellets.
3. Give extra care to particularly delicate items. Certain pieces are made up of smaller and more fragile parts. In order to protect these things from cracking or breaking, wrap these in individual boxes before putting them in the bigger gift box. Use packing materials when needed.
4. Properly secure the lid of the box. You can tape the top before covering the entire box with charming wrapping paper. Another way is to secure the lid using a strong ribbon. The latter is advisable if you are already using a very strong and beautifully colored or printed box.
5. Don’t forget the gift tag. Write a short greeting to the person to whom the gift is intended for before securing that tag on the gift. You can tape this on. Or you can cut a small hole on the tag, thread a nice ribbon or decorative thread through it, and then attach the tag on the gift.
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