Gift-Wrapping Tips and Tricks for the Holidays

From Former Winner of the Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest

ST. PAUL, MN--(Marketwire - Dec 13, 2011) - Each holiday season comes with its own list of "it" gifts, but the holidays also come with their own set of "it" gift wraps. Whether your gift wraps are inspired by fashion trends or four-legged friends, it's important to keep your wraps as up-to-date as your gifts. Alton DuLaney, former winner of the Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest and "Paper Arts" class teacher on, shares the hot holiday gift-wrapping trends for 2011 and offers tips on how to incorporate those ideas into your own gift wraps this holiday season.

  • Pleats Please: Place a pleated bellyband around your package for a fresh, modern take on a traditional ribbon. Just a few basic pleats can make your gift look anything but ordinary, but good pleats take precision. Opt for a Scotch Gift Wrap Cutter when slicing through your paper to help guarantee you start with a straight edge.

  • Bright Lights, Big City: Fluorescent hues are hotter than ever right now in fashion and home décor, and they work perfectly for gift wraps too. Incorporate flashy colors into your gift-wrapping palate and mix and match loud patterns to make your packages pop.

  • The Gift "Bag": Creating budget-friendly wraps doesn't just mean reusing a gift bag someone else gave you -- you can also turn paper shopping bags into gift wrap. Add a three-dimensional effect to this inexpensive wrap by cutting out some of the bag's own design elements (such as a cool part of the logo) to use as embellishments. Simply use your Scotch Pop-Up Tape to attach the cutouts to the package with small z-folded pieces of paper to give the wrap a 3-D look, like a pop-up book.

  • Flower Power: Replace the typical gift bow with a homemade craft to show the recipient that you took extra time to make the gift special. Those tissue paper flowers kids create during arts and crafts time are a great, inexpensive way to add extra color and dimension to any gift.

  • Wild Animal Print: Whether you're gift-wrapping for the "party animal" in your life or your own dog or cat, layer different animal-print wrapping paper, such as leopard, zebra and alligator to create a wild jungle effect. Topping off the gift with real pet treats and toys makes for a great addition to this fun animal wrap.

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The Flower Power Gift Wrap by Alton DuLaney incorporates paper flowers as gift wrap embellishments. Bright Lights, Big City Gift Wrap: Secure your gift wraps with Scotch Pop-Up Tape. For resourceful wrapping, use paper shopping bags in lieu of gift wrap paper to create the 'gift' bag wrap.