What’s the first word that comes to your mind when you think about Christmas? If you didn’t say ‘presents’ you must be lying. We all love getting gifts – the huge pile waiting under the Christmas tree seductively calling you over and tempting you to open it is what makes Christmas the greatest holiday of the year. But giving presents is a whole different story. It might even merit being called a nightmare. Walking from store to store, browsing every aisle, hoping something will just jump out and yell: “Yes, it’s me! I’m the perfect present for your loved one!”… It’s just really hard work. Still, choosing the gifts is a cakewalk compared to one of the most tedious Christmas tasks ever: wrapping.
But you don’t have to dread the mountain of presents just waiting there all innocent-like for you to spend hours and hours painstakingly making sure they look nice and presentable. There is apparently a trick that will halve the time you need to wrap them. Well, who knows if it will actually halve it, but it will reduce it significantly. And guess who invented it? The Japanese, of course!
YouTuber BeatTheBush was very impressed when he saw present after present being expertly and super quickly wrapped by a department store worker. So naturally, he felt compelled to retrace the employee’s steps and figure out how he did it. And once he discovered the secret technique behind it, he was kind enough to share it with all of his YouTube followers. And now we will share it with you, courtesy of TipHero.
First things first: you need some wrapping paper. Obviously. But you also need to make sure you have a piece large enough for your gift. It needs to be wide enough to be able to wrap around the entire width of the box with two inches of overlap, and tall enough to cover the entire height of the package.
Good. Now that you know that you do have enough paper, it’s time to get speed-wrapping.
Step 1: Start by placing the gift in the middle of the paper, then rotate it diagonally so that it faces one of the corners, making sure it’s inside the wrapping paper.
Step 2: Pull the corner of the paper over the box. This creates an edge on the paper below. Grab hold of the paper corner down here, and pull it up along the box, pushing the extra paper inside with your index finger. Tape it in place.
Step 3: Repeat the process for the next corner and tape the second edge into place.
Step 4: Now, you have just one side to go. Push both edges in and pull the corner of the paper up over the present. Tape, and you’re done.
It’s so simple, you won’t believe it until you see it. Luckily, we have the video right here to show you.