How to Perfectly Wrap a Gift
Wrapping Odd-Shaped Gifts
By Chrissa Banner
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While an easy solution to the hard-to-wrap shape is to get a box for it, that isn't always practical. Besides, thinking "outside the box" can spark your creativity and lead to charming innovations. A few ideas:
- Think tissue. The secret weapon of the oddly shaped present! Gently swath the item in a few layers of tissue paper to make its shape more regular, than wrap the resulting bundle. This is a good solution for unboxed clothing and soft toys.
- Cylindrical shapes. Use a lightweight wrapping paper so the ends are easy to fold down. Thicker paper creates sharp edges that look awkward.
- Bottles and jars. Go with tissue paper for a festive effect: tape the end of the paper neatly at the bottom of the bottle, and leave extra paper at the top that can be tied with a ribbon and fanned open.
- Tips and cash gifts. A decorated gift tube is a nice way to upgrade your basic envelope.
- Gift bags. If all else fails, don't be ashamed of turning to these problem-solving time-savers! Just nestle the gift in some tissue and add a bow and a note. Best of all, you know the bag will be easy for the giftee to reuse.
For extra tips and photos of all of the steps described in our guide, view our gift wrapping slideshow.
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