This time of year when we are all bogged down with shopping bags and gifts for the holiday season, you may not be able to see past the mounds of gifts to the light at the end of the tunnel. And once the shopping is finally finished, now it's time to wrap all those presents!
Heading back out to the store for gift-wrapping supplies not an option? Professional gift wrapper Brenda Guerrero was a finalist in the Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest and offers tips for those down to the 11th hour or trying to wrap on a budget:
Don't have a box? Cereal boxes can double as shirt boxes and are made from a thicker cardboard than most boxes you'd get at the store. Be creative and search your pantry for other boxes in different shapes and sizes, too, such as those from crackers, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal and more.
Need gift-wrapping paper? Reuse your shopping bags without just adding tissue paper inside. Just use the inside of the bag as kraft paper, and you have a blank slate to decorate and embellish. Use colored Scotch Expressions Tapes to design your own paper by creating patterns and adding texture to wraps, such as stripes and plaids. The tapes are removeable and repositionable so you don't have to worry about placing it perfectly the first time. No shopping bags either? Use leftover wrapping paper from other holidays,, such as birthdays, and just flip it inside out to use the white side on the outside of the gift.
No nametags? No problem: Why spend money on wrapping when you can use repurpose what you have at home. Repurpose those holiday cards your friends and family have sent you. It saves you both time and money. Just cut the front off of old holiday greeting card and use it as a name-tag for wrapped packages. Punch a hole at the top of the graphic you cut out, add a ribbon through the hole, and tie it onto the bag. You can also tape it onto a wrapped package.
What about the bling? If you don't have ribbon to make a bow, think outside the box and transform items around the home to use as embellishments. A stack of tissue paper can easily be transformed into a larger-than-life flower to top the present. Or, you can layer leftover cupcake tins in your pantry to create a vignette of flowers for the top of the gift. You can also use leftover wallpaper or paper scraps to cut out the initials of the recipient as a monogram to dress the gift.
About Brenda Guerrero:
Brenda Guerrero of Los Angeles, CA has been a professional gift wrapper for more than seven years and works for Papyrus in Los Angeles. Having wrapped more than 3,000 gifts in her lifetime, she is often by celebrity clientele including but not limited to the Kardashian sisters, Sharon Osborne, Denise Richards and Nicolette Sheridan.