NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Dec 2, 2011) - Rosie Sato, a master gift wrapper from Gardena, Calif., was crowned the 2011 "Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper" in a national gift-wrapping contest sponsored by 3M, the maker of Scotch Brand Tape. At Rockefeller Center in New York City, Rosie out-wrapped seven other expert gift wrappers to win the ultimate holiday present -- a $10,000 cash prize.

About the contest:

  • Finalists wrapped odd-shaped gifts in three rounds during the contest:
    • Round 1: a gumball machine and a board game
    • Round 2: an old-fashioned snow sled
    • Round 3: a six-foot tall backyard play set
  • The contestants were judged on three criteria: appearance of the wrapped gifts, the technique used to wrap the gifts and speed
  • A preliminary judge selected the eight finalists -- four amateurs and four professionals -- based on a brief essay and tip that showed their talent and experience in the art of gift wrapping

About the first runner-up and other contestants:

  • The first runner-up, Diana Lemos from San Diego, Calif. received a $2,500 cash prize
  • The following six contestants also received smaller cash prizes:
    • Angela Choi from Reisterstown, Md.
    • Renee Goetz from Forest Hills, N.Y. of Kate's Paperie
    • Alice Krause from Seattle, Wash. of Packaging Specialties
    • Jacob Marshak from New York, N.Y. of Boomerang Toys
    • Sandy Mayer from Cape Charles, Va.
    • Melissa Montoya from Tempe, Ariz. of Dillard's

About the judging panel:

  • The judging panel consisted of three gift wrapping experts:
    • Jodi Kahn, writer, crafter and author of Simply Sublime Gifts: High-Style, Low-Sew Projects to Make in a Snap (August 2010), which offers several suggestions for creating interesting gift wraps
    • Mark Ski, former producer for Martha Stewart Living
    • Laurin Sydney, lifestyle expert and author of the book Why Bother? Why Not?, which features tips on gift wrapping

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  • Rosie Sato, 2011 Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper winner, offers this winning advice for gift wrapping: "Don't limit your imagination or creativity, and when all else fails, make a huge bow!"
  • Mark Ski, 2011 Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper judge, says this of the contest: "The gifts are always tricky, but this year they were especially challenging. The contestants really wowed with their crisp corners, precise wraps and incredible creativity."