Known as the ‘Gift Wrap Guru’, Jane Means, is a gift wrapping specialist and adviser who has worked alongside some of the most exclusive luxury brands in the world. A regular on TV and an acclaimed author, she has literally written the book on gift wrapping (it’s called Gift Wrapped) so certainly knows all there is to know on how to gift wrap Christmas presents.
One of the most stressful parts of the festive season, once you’ve carefully selected all the perfect gifts for your loved ones you still have the arduous task of wrapping them ahead of you. It’s easy to quickly get lost under a mound of glittery paper, ribbons and sticky tape and even the best efforts can descend into chaos if you’re dealing with tricky present shapes and unusual gifts.
If the thought of wrapping your mum’s new house plant or your sister’s fancy face cream fills you with dread, don’t panic, we’ve got Jane’s top tips on how to wrap the most common but awkwardly shaped gifts…
A bottle of bubbly or someone’s favourite wine is an ever popular choice for Christmas presents. But the asymmetrical shape can make them a headache to wrap and present stylishly.
Items that are tall such as bottles are sometimes tricky to wrap. Flexible materials such as tissue, cellophane, fabric, and crepe paper are often better to use than wrapping paper as they mould around the shape. I love to use tissue and cellophane as it’s easily available and can be recycled
- It’s a good idea to cut some ribbon first and place your bottle in the center of the tissue and cellophane
- Grab the edges and pull up to the top of the bottle so neat pleats are formed. Swap hands halfway around and repeat
- Secure the tissue and cellophane with a pretty bow… you could also add a decoration such as a tassels, baubles or some sticks from a country walk
- This method is quick and easy after some practice!
2. Tins & Jars
Many common Christmas presents from tasty biscuits and chocolates, to skincare and beauty products come in tins which can be exceptionally hard to wrap beautifully.
Circular or hexagonal tins or jars can be very challenging to wrap for many so I prefer to use a good quality paper for this so you can avoid any accidental tears.
- Measure your paper first allowing enough to go around the tin plus a little extra. The paper at the lid and base should measure just over halfway
- Gently pull the paper into the center so it resembles a bicycle wheel
- Secure with double sided tape
- Add decorations and embellishments onto tins as this will hide any mistakes
- If you are wrapping a hexagonal tin you will find that you will have less pleats which are larger in size
3. Plants & Flowers
No home is complete without a dash of greenery, making plants and flowers a fabulous gift idea for any occasion but with soil, unusual pots and the plants themselves getting in the way they can be a nightmare to wrap.
- Plants often have soggy bases and can be troublesome to wrap
- A paper tablecloth moulds around the plant pot easily. They are extremely versatile and they don’t dissipate like wet tissue
- Available from supermarkets and department stores they are inexpensive and come in an array of colours
4. Vouchers & Flat Presents
Vouchers allow your loved ones to buy exactly what they want for Christmas presents, or are the perfect gift for those that have everything. But how do you make the flat little square look appealing for gift giving?
Items that are flat or floppy such as ties, socks, picture frames, gift vouchers and clothing can be tricky to tackle. But they can easily be wrapped by making an envelope style pouch with good quality wrapping paper.
- You will need an oblong of paper with enough paper to go around the flat object and approximately 4 cm each side
- Fold over the long sides and with some clever folding and double sided tape you can easily transform any off cuts of gift wrap into versatile pouches for your gifts
- Accessorise with ribbon and embellishment and voila, you have a gift wrapped masterpiece
If you want to see Jane’s wrapping expertise first hand, she has just launched a pop up shop at 14 Montcomb Street in the heart of Belgravia, London which will be open throughout December for all your luxury gift wrapping needs.
As you may have noticed from her photos, Jane has gone for a pink themed Christmas this year which is down to so much more than style. Three of her friends were recently diagnosed with breast cancer, so in a bid to raise awareness and to support her loved ones she shaved her head earlier in the year and raised over £10k for charity in the process. Because of this she wanted her Christmas wrapping to have a hint of pink this year too.
To find our more on Jane and for even more gift wrapping tips, read our interview with her.