Every year, the average British household spends around £345 on Christmas gifts and wrapping what seem to be an endless pile of presents can feel like an arduous and somewhat thankless task. BUT it doesn’t always have to be that way, what if we said there are lots of ways to help you take the stress out of wrapping presents? Well, we’ve put together a fantastic list of super easy and super effective tips and tricks to make life a little easier, and we think you’ll just love them.
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How To Save Time Wrapping Your Christmas Presents
On average, each person wraps 30 presents at Christmas, each taking approximately 10 minutes to wrap… That’s 5 hours of wrapping! With that in mind, when it comes to wrapping Christmas presents, time is definitely of the essence. Using an old shoe box to wrap an unusual shaped gift can save huge amounts of time and reduces waste too when wrapping.
Another great gift wrapping tip that works especially well for soft items such as a scarf or clothing, is to use a piece of cardboard or something ridged so it holds a shape. This will also stop the wrapping paper from creasing when the gift is posted.
One tip that is easy to do and makes opening the gift super easy too, is the ripcord wrapping method. Simply inset a thin piece of ribbon to the inside of your paper as you wrap, this will then enable the receiver to pull the cord and rip through the paper. This is great for small children and those that struggle to open gifts the traditional way.
When wrapping Christmas pressies it’s not just the wrapping itself that can get in a mess, sometimes unused wrapping paper rolls need some love too. There’s nothing worse that coming to use a roll of your favourite wrapping paper, to find it all creased and ripped on the edges because it’s started to unroll. A great way to preserve a roll of wrapping paper is with the cardboard inner from a toilet roll. You could also decorate the cardboard inner with colourful tape if you want it to look a little funkier.
One way to sort out your wrapping paper woes would be to avoid it all together. Why not be a little unconventional when wrapping your gifts by using a colourful stocking instead? You may be wondering how this could ever work but it really is so simple and hugely effective. Just place the item you wish to wrap half way down the stocking and then tie together each end of the stocking, cutting away any excess from the knot. It really is that simple!
Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Solutions
It’s probably fair to say that Christmas has a huge impact on the environment when it comes to presents. Every year as much as 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper ends up in UK landfill alone, that’s enough to cover an area larger than Guernsey! Add to this the 125,000 tons of plastic packaging and we certainly have a problem.
There are heaps of alternative, eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas out there, so we’ve decided to pick out some of the best for you to try and reduce the amount of waste along the way.
One of our favourites is the Japanese Furoshiki method. This is a traditional Japanese practice where a decorative square piece of silk or cloth (usually a scarf) is used to wrap or bind a gift, this can be as complex or as simple as you’d like depending on preferences and needs. The decorative cotton or silk scarf would also make up part of the gift.
A fantastic way to wrap those little trinket gifts, would be to create some miniature gift bags from the pages of old books or sheet music. These look great when decorated with scraps of lace and ribbon, creating a rather cute vintage look.
A gift bag doesn’t always need to be made from paper, why not make use of those old knitted jumpers you no longer wear? Just chop the arms off to the size needed, sew up the cut end and tie a piece of ribbon around the cuff to make a lovely knitted gift sack. You could make it even more festive by adding other embellishments too.
There are many other ways to upcycle too when it comes to wrapping presents, if a miniature gift bag doesn’t quite cut it, another use for the toilet roll middle would be as a pillow box, the perfect alternative to a traditional jewellery box and it can be decorated how you wish. If however, wrapping gifts is more your thing, who said that the only thing to do it with is store bought wrapping paper? Old newspaper can be surprisingly chic, dress it up with contrasting ribbons for a beatnik vibe. You could also repurpose old paper bags in the same way.
At Christmas time, it’s easy to take control over how you wrap presents, but the same can’t be said for how others wrap theirs. When Christmas morning has come and gone and you find you’re overrun with torn up wrapping paper, rather than throwing it away, run it through a shredder instead for instant parcel lining.
Top Tips For Sending a Parcel
So, as Christmas approaches it all seems a little bit hectic with gifts to buy and parcels to wrap, but what about those you need to post? Well, there are a few golden rules when it comes to sending a parcel:
Always use an outer box, regardless of whether your parcel is in its own box.
Weigh and measure your parcel before sending, that way you can choose the right service and you won’t have any nasty surprises with additional costs.
Always choose a service that has the right level of compensation cover, deciding to chance it with a lower compensation could result in a huge lose should your parcel go missing or get damaged.
For any gift that is particularly fragile, always use additional packaging. So even if an item comes in its own box, fill the gaps. Use old newspapers or previously used packaging for added protection.
Always make sure you’re aware of what can and can’t be sent via your chosen courier. If your item should get damaged in transit but the item isn’t covered by the courier, it’s unlikely you’ll be compensated.
Label your parcel clearly. Using either a permanent marker to scribe the receiver’s details clearly or using a document wallet would be best.
Whether you’re looking to save time this year or you’d just like to try something a little different when wrapping your Christmas presents, we’re sure that you’ll find something to tantalise your festive taste buds!