Wrapping your head around wrapping presents


Rachael Hajec, Editor

It is that time of year again…wrapping season. Christmas can be known as the happiest, or maybe even the most stressful holiday of the year. As everyone does some last minute online shopping and Christmas Day becomes closer and closer, people never realize the true responsibility of wrapping any and all gifts. While opening all of your packages received in the mail, and even some things you purchased while doing in-person shopping, some people never realize how many gifts they truly got for their loved ones. Grab your wrapping paper, bags, tape, scissors, ribbons, and bows, and turn on some Christmas music, or your favorite Christmas movie, and start wrapping!

Ever since I was a child, one of my favorite things about Christmas morning was seeing all the gifts wrapped up so nicely and neatly with festive wrapping paper. Whether it had Santa, his reindeer, snowmen, elves, or just a Christmas-themed pattern, I was amazed. I vividly remember waking up extra early just to look at the tree and find the gifts that were mine. With this, I wondered how did the gifts look so tightly wrapped, and why was that important? Well, in my opinion, the skill and idea of wrapping is one of the most precise and thoughtful things to obtain during the holiday season.

With that thought in mind, I later asked my mom, “How do you wrap some of our gifts so perfectly?! Show me how!” As she was glad to hear my concern, every year since then I have been willing to wrap gifts with style. First, you want to have a designated roll of wrapping paper for one person. Whether it is for a friend or family member, all big and small gifts need to be wrapped with that one and that one only! Second, make sure to think before cutting, measure before cutting, and have tape ready at hand. Finally, make sure to fold all the corners down, cut off any extra paper, and wrap it all up as tightly as you can (pro tip: if you put items in big boxes or leave them in the box they came in, it will be much quicker and easier to wrap. Plus, it will look better too!)

As we countdown the few days until Christmas, make sure to follow these important wrapping tips and guidelines when gathering all of your gifts. Wrapping may seem easy enough, (especially when you take your gifts to go get them wrapped for you, but don’t be a cheater), but always remember to have fun with your choice of gifts and wrapping paper, bring out your inner wrapping skills, stay organized, stay creative, and have a very Merry Christmas!