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Possibly the most fun part of giving a gift is wrapping it (or is that just us?!). You can take an ordinary present from zero to hero with just a little gift wrapping flair. 

Take your gift wrapping effort next level with these basic ideas and hacks. Trust us, your gift recipient will be impressed!

Don’t be traditional. Instead of standard wrapping paper, think outside the (gift)box. Try kindy artwork sheets (an oldie, but a goodie), a page of comics from the newspaper, crossword puzzle or music book pages, an old map, fabric.

Embellishments are key to adding pizazz. Don’t go traditional with shop-bought ribbon, bows and tags. Why not try kitchen string and foliage/leaves from your garden, or Instax photos as tags? Blow up small balloons or water bombs and secure into a bright bunch and attach to your gift. What about using wool as the ribbon and homemade pompoms as the bow? Other interesting present embellishments include paper doilies, dried citrus discs and cinnamon sticks, dried leaves, brightly coloured lollipops etc.

Cut your wrapping paper too short? Want to save using too much paper? Position your squarish gift diagonally on the sheet of paper instead of square, and fold each of the four points in. You’ll be surprised by how well it covers!

Awkward-shaped gift? Make a gift bag from standard rolled gift wrapping paper. Cut a large sheet of paper off the roll, fold in both left and right sides to meet in the middle and secure with tape. Fold a section up from the bottom (roughly a quarter of the length of the tube you’ve just made). Unfold this section and ease the left and right sides of the folded section in towards the centre. Fold the top and bottom points of this section into the middle also. Tape all edges to secure. This forms the bottom of your bag. Stand it up, pop your gift inside and you’re done! There are loads of Youtube tutorials on this if you need visual directions.

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