Yeah, yeah—we know it’s what’s on the inside that counts. But when the outside is meticulously wrapped with gorgeous paper and beautiful bows, it makes getting to what’s inside that much more special. Here, Danielle Latorre, flagship manager for the Westchester and Connecticut Papyrus stationery, fine paper, and gift stores (31 Purchase St, Rye 914-967-2083 and other locations; papyrusonline.com), tells you how to wrap presents like a pro.
DO use double-sided tape. It stays put and out of sight.
DO sharply crease and fold edges and corners so they are clean and crisp.
DO get creative. Make it a festive and fun project. Purchase multiple colors and patterns of wrap, ribbon, tags, and toppers.
DO save scraps. Leftover wrapping paper can be used to create bows and decorative gift toppers.
DON’T use too much paper. Trim edges so there is about an inch of overlap, enough to fold under to cover the rough or cut edge.
DON’T forget to place your gift box face-down on your paper so that the seam will be on the bottom of the gift.
DON’T be afraid to experiment. Accordion-fold or pleat your paper; layer more than one color of paper, as well as ribbons (sheer over solid, thin over wide).