Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems – Guest Post by Pretty Handsome Guy
Hi all, Pretty Handsome Guy here filling in for Brittany. Last night Brittany and I were wrapping presents and I thought I’d share with you some common gift wrap problems and how to deal with them. Think of this as the polar opposite of her Creative Gift Wrapping series of posts.
The Squish and Tape and Tape and Tape
Do you ever end up with a present that hangs out of the wrapping paper?
No problem, simply squish the gift inside the packaging as far as you can…
…and quickly fold over the end and slap on some tape. Then use some more tape to close the gaps,
and just for good measure add some more tape. Hey, tape is cheap, no need to be stingy with it!
All done, and the goal of hiding the present has been achieved!
The Panel (not to be confused with the type of pants pregnant women wear.)
How many times have you cut your wrapping paper only to realize that it is too short to go around the package? When it comes to wrapping presents I adhere to the adage “measure never, just cut it”. I mean seriously people we aren’t building a house here, what you are wrapping is meant to be destroyed anyways.
Here is the solution! It is called the panel. Simply cut another piece of wrapping paper the width of the gap (or maybe a little wider.)
Tape it on (no need to match up the pattern, no one will see the bottom when it is under the tree.). Bonus points if you can manage to use 2-3 different types of wrapping paper – just tell everyone it is a “holiday medley”.
Super easy solution and the best part is that you don’t have to go back and cut a whole new piece of wrapping paper. The environment will thank you for this one.
The Nip, Tuck & Roll
Now we are down to one of the most common wrapping problems. What to do when you have too much wrapping paper on the ends of your package. And yes I realize most of these “problems” are a function of not measuring in the first place but whatever.
Normally I would simply roll the sides in until they meet the package, but in an effort to neaten things up a bit, you can simply gather the end in your hands and snip off the excess.
…until you reach the box, then smash the end down with your hand to flatten it.
Then take a piece of tape and twist it into what I call a “tapepick” (looks like a toothpick.)
Let's change your name to Pretty 'Funny' Guy!!!!Ha!!!
LOL…Great post! I've used a couple of these methods. Brittany, hope you are feeling better soon.
LOL…except for the gift tag, I've done wrapping all those ways!
OMG!!! Too funny….I love it!
OH how i miss your humor! LOL This proves blogging can make anything look official and authoritative! 🙂 WAy to go, I know Eric will love it. I honestly thought the tape pick was a zip strip at first which is the miracle of all miracles for Eric. He could write the book 1001+ uses for zip strips in his sleep. We've used them on shoes, everything! 🙂
Merry Christmas PHG and PHG! 🙂 Hope you are all well soon!
Ha…no wonder you are called the Handy Guy! Can't wait for the make the bed post 🙂 Merry Christmas!
Haha this was hilarious. I've used the panel technique a few times myself. We discovered why we ran out of paper this year after opening all the presents our daughter wrapped. They all had about 5 times the paper needed for the job. She said she was trying to make sure she didn't cut them too small like she has done in that past! Merry Christmas!
I shared this with my husband. Although we had a good laugh as we were reading it, he said, "good job", then said "it's a guy thing." Seriously, kudos to you for posting.
You should see the gift my son wrapped for his girlfriend. I'm wondering if they'll still be dating by New Year's day. Well, I guess Pretty Handy Girl kept you, so maybe Kelsey will hold only my son;-}
Surely this wasn't meant to be funny because this is just how I wrap present! Get well soon PHG! 🙂
Hilarious! We need more posts like this to break up the perfection.
I hope Brittany is feeling better real soon.
Very nice. I especially like the "squish" and "smash" techniques. I'm pretty sure I've seen my own guy use similar techniques when wrapping up dinner leftovers. Merry Christmas xo
This must be where my son went to get wrapping tips. You would be proud, his gifts looked just like this!
Between the 2 of you, I think you have all bases covered! Link, I like your methods, and have used most of them at least once a Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
LOL..love it…i had a few gifts like this under our tree as well…do ya'll have a handbook somewhere? But at least you wrapped it and not in a bag! Merry Christmas and I hope she feels better!