With the festive season just around the corner and the cost of living on everyone’s minds, Evri and renowned gift-wrapping expert Jo Clydesdale have collaborated to supply consumers with their top tips for wrapping presents on a budget this Christmas.
Annual searches for ‘how to wrap a present’ increase by an average of 337% every December, but with these helpful tips, Jo and Evri will have you wrapping like a pro, without breaking the bank.
What budget-friendly materials should I use?
For a low-budget and eco-friendly option, Jo suggests using old newspapers and string as an alternative to gift wrap, saying it’s simple yet effective-looking under the tree.
As another alternative, she says “baskets have been very popular.” To make your basket presentable she suggests using “shredded paper to place the gift on and a ribbon to finish it off.”.
She also says, “charity shops are a great place to find baskets at a reasonable price”.
How do you wrap oddly shaped presents?
Not all gifts come in a perfectly shaped box, leaving many of us stumped when it comes to wrapping them, with children’s toys often the most difficult to wrap according to Jo.
To make life easier and save on using excessive amounts of expensive gift wrap, she says, “a great way to wrap odd shapes, such as bottles or tubes of sweets, is with tissue, gathering the tissue together making upward pleats and tying with a ribbon.”
Sheets of coloured tissue paper can be bought in many high-street stores for as little as 99p per pack.
What are creative ways to wrap a present?
Jo likes to jazz things up by using the ‘Japanese Pleating Method’, explaining, “this consists of folding the paper over itself a few times, unravelling it and then folding it back on itself.”
She also suggests adding fun, creative accessories, suggesting using things that may be lying around the house at this time of year “bells, feathers, cinnamon sticks, tinsel from the tree and different types of ribbon such as lace or wired ribbon. “
If you’re looking to send your wrapped present in the post, then experts at leading courier service, Evri, have also given their top tips for packaging a parcel on a budget to ensure it’s nice and secure before posting.
Find a suitable box
Ideally, you don’t want excess space in your parcel for the contents to move around. Keeping it as compact as possible will help it travel better, say experts at Evri.
Sturdiness is also important as you need it to be structurally sound for transit.
You don’t have to go out and buy new packaging, if you’ve been online shopping you’re likely to have a variety of suitable boxes and bags that you can reuse already in your home.
Ros Hunt, Director of E-Commerce from Evri adds, “Waterproof mailing bags are the best for soft material items, such as clothes, but never use a bin bag as they tear easily and are not strong enough to protect your parcel.”
Pack the empty space
Ros says, “To minimise impact during transit, it is advised to add additional packaging around your gifts. You can use recycled materials, such as scrunched-up newspaper, old sheets or cardboard. Of course, bubble wrap or polystyrene are fine too.”
Put your address inside
A tip that many people don’t know is to put the address of the person you are sending to, as well as your own address and details on a piece of paper inside your parcel before sealing it up and sending.
“This is so couriers can still find out where your gift needs to go should the address label come off or get damaged in transit.”, explains Ros.
A key tip for saving money in the long run, this ensures you won’t have to repurchase and resend any lost gifts.