Take the stress out of wrapping up even the most annoyingly shaped presents with our newest Workshop Wednesday
When you give someone a neatly wrapped present it makes you look talented and your gift appears to be more carefully chosen. But this is easier said than done if you’re gift is anything other than a regular box shape.
How do you wrap a bottle so you’re friends don’t just know you’re returning the terrible wine they gave you last year? What’s the best way to get extra curly ribbons? Joana Alve, a gift wrapping specialist at the world-famous Harrods store, answers these question and more as she reveals her pro tips for wrapping even the most awkwardly shaped items. If you find yourself still struggling or if you have left your gift wrapping until the very last minute before a big party, try our top gadgets to make the process as swift and simple as possible.
01- HOW TO WRAP A WINE BOTTLE
“As it’s coming up to Christmas, we might suggest that we wrap the bottle in a cracker shape for the customer so that it looks beautiful and also disguises the shape of the bottle. We can also do it in a slightly different cylindrical shape with flowers in the top so that it looks like a vase.”
02 – HOW TO WRAP A BICYCLE
“Obviously if the bicycle comes in a box then it’s easy, so we recommend you don’t unpack it before wrapping. Otherwise, we would probably put a base under the bicycle and then wrap everything in cellophane so that it looks like a big hamper!”
03 – HOW TO WRAP A CUDDLY TOY
“It’s a difficult shape to disguise, but one thing you can do is wrap the toy in tissue paper first, which not only disguises its shape, but also helps to protect it – [this] is important, as we use double-sided tape to wrap here.”
04 – HOW TO WRAP ANYTHING ELSE
“Depending on the size and shape of the present, we would probably suggest that the item was put into a box first. You can pad out the box with tissue paper to make it look more presentable and then just wrap the box – finishing off with some ribbon will make it stand out too.”
05 – HOW TO GET PERFECT RIBBON CURLS
“Well, at Harrods we now use material ribbons made of cotton, which we think look more chic and elegant, but if you’re doing it at home and want to curl the ends of the ribbon then it’s easy to do. If you open up a pair of scissors and just run the edge of one of the blades along the ribbon (obviously taking care here not to cut yourself) then it’ll automatically curl up.”