13 December 2006

Gift wrap

In this age of electronic greeting cards and instant gift bags, why take the hassle of wrapping the gifts one by one? Why not ask the department store to wrap it for you?

In this hustle-bustle life we live in, stopping to smell the flowers seem like a luxury. But there's something to uniquely-wrapped gifts that say "hey, I took time to wrap my gift because you're special to me". So if you want your gift to stand out from the rest no matter how simple it is, it only takes a bit of imagination and believe me, wrapping not as difficult as it seems.

For this year's bunch of gifts for friends, my wife and I bought some nice christmas trinkets and table decor. Good thing we bought these when we saw them last October because when we went back, they were gone!

To wrap these dainty little things, I bought the following:
- Cellophane paper (pink for the girls, blue for the boys)
- japanese paper
- curly ribbons
A pair of scissors and stapler also helps.

- spread out the cellophane paper. place the gift item in the middle. Make sure all four corners will overlap the item.
- cut the cellophane paper, then cut a sheet of japanese paper equal to or larger than the cellophane paper. Approximate. No ruler required.
- Put the japanese paper over the cellophane paper. Put the item in the middle, and raise all corners of the papers. Squeeze the part where the item gets covered.
- Take a couple of these curly ribbons and tie on the squeezed part.
- I made custom gift tags (see previous blog post). Write the name of the recipient on the gift tag, and staple onto cellophane paper.

Ta-daa! Customized gift wrap. You can do the same with rectangular boxes.
I also bought a tree ornament to use on gifts but I can't find them. Me and my forgetfulness. Anyways, with a little creativity, you can make your gifts really special.
Merry Christmas!


  1. Anonymous2:34 am

    galing! naalala ko tuloy yung idea nyo last year about gift tags na personalized. isa ako sa mga taong tamad yung nagpapawrap sa mall. hehe

  2. The last time I went to the Philippines (over Christmas), not only did I pack a box full of gifts to ship over ahead of time, I spent three days wrapping them once I got there. Fortunately I was able to elicit other's help as long as their gift had already been wrapped.

  3. Anonymous3:52 am

    Hi Nick, what a great idea! I've started wrapping some gifts this way too, especially those that are hard to find boxes for.

    Catching up on your previous posts, congratulations on your new home. It's beautiful! I like what you did to the yard. Ang ganda :)

  4. Anonymous4:51 pm

    Ako nilalagay ko na lang sa bags then stapler na. Ang dami ng bags ngayon na magaganda ang designs.

    Meron bang para sa akin sa mga binalot mo tito nick...here's my address...hahaha! Merry Christmas!

  5. Anonymous11:10 pm

    naku, i'm not good at wrapping gifts. in fairness, i spend a lot of time thinking of the right gift for each recipient, so i guess sa thoughtfulness na lang ako bumabawi :)

  6. Anonymous5:06 am

    golly gulay, how time flies! i can still remember your post about wrapping and gift tags... that was a year ago?! blimey o'reilly!

  7. Anonymous6:33 am

    I'm going to steal your idea about homemade gift tags, thanks for sharing!

    By the way I have just sent you an email regarding an interview.

  8. sana hinid recycle ano? bwehehe

  9. Anonymous4:04 pm

    Ano ba naman iyang pumasok sa comment, pagkahahaba-haba kaya tuloy ang tagal bago ako makapag-comment, hehehe.

    Ang galing naman, Nick. Ako rin walang time mag-giftwrap, lagi lang pa-wrap sa mall. Pero gusto ko talaga ang idea mo ng personalized gift tag kaya kailangan makagawa na.

    Tagal kong di nakadalaw, musta rin sa iyong family.

  10. Anonymous4:02 pm

    fafa nick, nice idea! btw, i'll be in sagada on 18th-21st... might be dropping by in baguio after. see you soon? :)

  11. Anonymous4:43 am

    Nice idea. Thanks for sharing.

    I'm also in the process of wrapping gifts. Just a few more to go and I'm done.

    I also like personalized tags and even ribbons. I had personalized ribbons made before but it was a bit expensive so this year, I didn't order it anymore. I ran out of ink lately so I wasn't able to print personalized gift tags but I was able to have personalized greeting cards printed out at the photo processing center earlier this month.


  12. Anonymous11:45 am

    It's been a great year for bloggers. May you prosper in the new year!

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    --Nostalgia Manila

  13. i like wrapping, for the past 3 christmases, i use japanese paper and a gold and silver ribbon with gift tags i cut in star shapes.. but then this year, i got to buy cheap glossy wrappers so i went with the traditional thingamajig. thanks for the gift!


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