Yes, I really gave these to people.
Photo: Diana Tsui
Whether you spend $10 or $1,000, the perfect gift isn’t just about the contents of the box. The way you present it is an experience in itself — just think about the iconic Tiffany blue box with its white ribbon. Among the Cut staffers, I’m known to be incredibly meticulous about wrapping. Come by my desk with your item, and I’ll spend the next ten minutes creating razor-sharp creases and fluffy bows. During the holidays, my obsessiveness ramps up tenfold.
Since you’re likely to be sitting down with a roll of wrapping paper and some scissors at some point this month, here are a few helpful tips I’ve picked up. You don’t need to be as crazy as me, but you also don’t have to resort to a sad Christmas-tree-patterned gift bag, either. Scroll ahead to see what I use to create beautiful presents.
Heavy Duty Gold Scissors
Get the kind that cut through fabric. They’ll come in handy for trimming ribbon bows.
See the splatter paper above? I dribbled some paint onto white paper and created my own custom wrap. Even if you don’t want to spend the time on that, plain craft paper is a cheap and sleek alternative to tacky printed styles.
Craft paper too boring? You’ll get year-round use out of sparkly wrapping paper, unlike the holiday-themed stuff. This brand comes in classic gold and silver, but try more fun colors like aqua or pink.
Nothing makes me cringe more than a gift with sloppy-looking creases. I love the razor-sharp fold you can achieve by running one of these down an edge. If you’re in a pinch, a butter knife can do the job too.