Wrapping Up the Holiday

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When the holidays start approaching I tend to get a little nervous. I know there are going to be tons of gifts for family and friends that need wrapping, and let’s just say I’m not the first to volunteer. I normally end up with crinkled paper, sections of gift showing and random pieces of wrapping paper placed in a scattered mess. With this being the norm, each year I find myself eagerly awaiting a charitable gift wrapping station. When they’re done I smile, leave a generous tip, and go on my happy way. However, I don’t want that to be you this year. I know I’ve wrapped poorly in the past, but this year I’m determined to get it right, so I’ve created some easy tips for you too. Grab the scissors, tape and MSU paper. Happy wrapping!

Step 1:

Find some awesome wrapping paper: snowmen, holiday lights or support your MSU pride with green and white! These can be found at any craft shop or your local shopping center.

Step 2:

Lay your gift face down in the center of the wrapping paper, keeping the paper attached to the roll. Make sure you have enough room for both sides of the paper to cover the gift completely. Cut the wrapping paper.

Step 3:

Fold over one half of the wrapping paper on the gift, and use tape to secure the wrapping paper. Fold over the second half of the wrapping paper and tape down.

Step 4:

Fold the right and left bottom edges of the gift into a triangle and pull up to meet the already wrapped gift. Make sure there are no stray creases and secure with tape.

Step 5:

Decorate gift with name tag and festive bow.

Step 6:

Give to friends and family, and feel proud knowing the great accomplishment you achieved!


Nicole Handley is a senior majoring in professional writing. She is an avid writer and reader. She has an associate’s degree in writing from Lansing Community College, and can often be found thrifting for Nora Roberts books. She loves the smell of book pages, chocolate peanut butter ice cream and her dogs.


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