12 Days of Sundquist Christmas: Day 7

Day Seven: How to Properly Wrap a Present

This year, we wanted to share our favorite traditions, our excitement over new ones, and our desire to give back. The result? 12 Days of Sundquist Christmas! We’ve been sharing what our employees enjoy most around the Holidays. Our secret recipes, favorite DIY decorating tips, and Christmas traditions are here for you to read. We hope this inspires you to share what you love about the Holiday Season with those you love.

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For Day Seven, we’re showing you how to wrap a present like you’re Martha Stewart (or, because no one can truly reach that level of perfection, like a pro). We’ve all been there. You’re trying to wrap that perfect present for that super special someone, and you’re being as careful as you can. You put on the last strip of tape, take a step back, and realize that it looks like a mess! Twisted paper, tape everywhere, and that part where you didn’t have quite enough paper so you cut off a little more and stuck it on. Never fear! We’ve got your back for this tricky Holiday dilemma.

Full disclosure: I'm not the best at wrapping, and made quite a few mistakes! Oops! (see above photo) But that's okay! It's important to take a deep breath and do the best you can. Wrapping paper can be finicky, and it's okay if there are a few crinkles or if you have to cover up a rip. (Again, see above.)

First things first, if you can, you’ll want to get the kind of paper that has a grid on the reverse. Most paper does, and it's super helpful to keep your cuts straight. Next, you’ll want to find a box to put the present in. Whether you have one on hand, or pick one up from Costco’s cast-offs, it’s the best way to keep odd shapes looking neat.

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Once you have your box taped closed, place it on the reverse side of your wrapping paper and line it up with the grid. Fold the end of the paper over the box until it overlaps itself by about one to two inches. Find the nearest grid line and follow it with your scissors.

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Place the box in the middle of the cut piece of wrapping paper, and bring one side to the center of your box and tape it down to the box. Take the other side and bring it over, folding the edge to make it straight and taping it to the center.

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Next, turn the box so one end is facing you. Making sure to smooth as you go, fold the paper so part is flush against the box, and the other is at a 90 degree angle toward you. Fold the piece that’s toward you against the box. Repeat with the other side. This should leave you with a roughly equilateral triangle that’s on the floor. Fold that up so it’s against the box, too, and tape it in place.

Repeat this last step on the other side. All that’s left now is to tie it with a pretty bow, or to do something creative like covering it with pom poms. Happy wrapping!