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Men : Avoid the Bad Presents Wrap this Christmas

Updated on December 20, 2012

Wrapping the Right Way This Year

Do you reckon you are the worst wrapper in the world? Does your wrapped Christmas presents look like miniature unmade beds under the Christmas tree? You are not alone, most men can’t wrap presents to save their lives. And Christmas is the worst time of the year, as you are expected to wrap several presents up. However, all is not lost, as below is a few tips to getting you to look as if you wrap like the best.

Born Wrappers :

Most women are born with a wrapping gene in their DNA, which has been past down for thousands of years. It comes natural to them in the first place. They are literary born to wrap. They can turn the most awkward of shaped objects into presents that look like a work of art when wrapped up. This is a time honoured secret that has been passed down through the generations from mother to daughter. Regardless of where this desire to produce perfectly wrapped presents comes from, men have to admit they are totally beaten in the battle of the sexes when it comes to wrapping paper.

If In Doubt, Cheat!

Yes, I am telling you to cheat, but only with wrapping paper though. This is the time when you need another woman, such as your mother, sister, friends or work colleagues - in fact any female you know well. If you can get them to wrap your loved one’s Christmas (or birthday, valentines or anniversary) present properly, well I suggest you go for this option. Yes, its cheating, but women do notice the wrapping on their presents and how well it has been wrapped. Men on the other hand look for the size, shape, and weight of their presents, and more importantly, does it rattle or not.

Second Cheat : Shop Gift Wrapping

Many shops offer gift wrapping at this time of year, especially when they see men buying the presents. Swallow your pride and take the offer. It might be free or a few dollar/pounds more, but you can never wrap that present as good as a shop assistant can. Your loved one will be more impressed on Christmas morning.

Third Cheat : Think Really Big

Reverse engineer your Christmas present buying for your loved ones by thinking of a present that is far too big to wrap. Then you are saved the problem of battling with the Christmas paper. They will not expect a really large or awkwardly shaped present to be wrapped. Although, a new lawn mower, car ramps or self assembly 8’ x 6’ garden shed are not considered to be ideal Christmas presents for the woman in your life (unless she is into that sort of thing).

Fourth Cheat : Gift Bags

Shame on you; a complete cop out. The trouble with gift bags is that it shows you have made half an attempt at wrapping up your loved ones present. Also, while the gift bag might be new, there is always that nagging doubt in her mind that this could be a recycled one from last Christmas, that you have saved especially.

If All Else Fails : You Are Going To Have To Wrap It Yourself

Well, its that moment, probably last minute on Christmas eve as usual, and you have not managed to persuade another female to wrap the presents for you. Then it’s down to you. Take a deep breath and go for it. It’s not as hard as you think. Again, reverse engineering is called for here. What you should have done is selected all of your gifts by their shapes or boxes. Anything square or rectangular is what you should be aiming for, as these are the easiest shapes to wrap. Clothes are quite hard to wrap, and anything shaped like a lampshade is a complete no go-zone.

What You'll Need :

1. A Gift

2. Festive Christmas Wrapping Paper (don’t use spare Birthday or Wedding paper you have found lying around)

3. A Gift Tag or Card

4. Scotch Tape (or Invisible Tape)

5. A Pair of Scissors (usually in a sowing basket or kitchen drawer - Important; make sure you put them back afterwards)

6. A Flat Surface to Work On

7. A Beer (optional, but probably necessary by the time you have finished)

Now Get Wrapping :

1. Roll out the wrapping paper

2. Cut the paper to the shape of the gift with about 2 inches to spare all round.

3. Put the present in the middle of the paper, and neatly fold the paper over and stick it down.

4. At either end of the present, neatly fold the paper to make triangles.

5. Fold triangles up over the present and stick them down.

6. Relax, one present down, several to go.

Of course, one of the best ways to learn is watching the numerous “how to wrap presents properly” videos on Youtube, which coincidentally, are all presented by women…

Bows and Ribbons are optional extras, to add if you wish, but most women don’t expect their men to go that far, and will just settle for the present being wrapped half decently. Don’t use all the same style wrapping paper either. If you are one of the unlucky ones and have many presents to wrap, this can get both confusing and shows lack of imagination.

Always add the completed gift tag as soon as you finished wrapping each item, otherwise you will get confused as all those square boxes start to look the same.

Please have a go : A bad wrap is better than no wrap at all…


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    • Midnight Oil profile image

      Midnight Oil 7 years ago from Isle of Man UK

      Well, all my presents wrapped up for another year. And yes, I did wrap all mine myself, but, funnily they were all either square or rectangular in shape - easy to wrap !

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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Very funny and timely. I seem to have missed out on the gift wrapping gene (along with the gardening gene so man women have). I make a giant mess when wrapping. It's an ordeal. But I feel good when I'm done -- and sad when all the paper is torn off in a matter of seconds!!!

      good hub, voted up!

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      Sharilee Swaity 7 years ago from Canada

      Funny hub, and useful!

    • Bel Marshall profile image

      Bel Marshall 7 years ago from Michigan

      Sorry women don't have it in the DNA. I can't wrap a gift to save my life which is why they make gift bags! LOL!