Wrapping up your presents can often be one of the harder aspects of gift giving, especially if the item does not come in a nice square box!  Here are some ideas to help you in wrapping your gifts attractively and effectively.

  1. Put it in a box!  If you gift does not come in an easy to wrap square box, why not put it inside one and wrap that?  This way you can guarantee that the recipient will not be able to guess the item, and it will be easy to wrap.  Winner winner 🙂
  2. Try a new technique.  Instead of the standard paper wrapping, why not try wrapping with fabric or another material?  This not only makes you gift more unique, but the drapey fabric can hide any awkward edges.
  3. Add ribbons.  Make your gift look beautiful with co-ordinating or contrasting ribbon.  This gives the gift a stylish look as well as helping to hold the paper on.
  4. Add sequins to the inside of the gift wrap!  For an added suprise, sprinkle glitter or sequins inside the paper as you wrap – when your recipient opens their gift, they will find a secret shower of sparkles!

Buying gifts online is one of the easiest and quickest ways to shop – if you know where to look!

There are so many online stores these days, it can be a challenge to know exactly where to buy gifts from.  There are lots of really well known sites such as Amazon, EBay and the major high street retailers, but these often have the same old things which you can get anywhere.  A nice place to look for gifts is on a specialist site such as Etsy where each item is handmade by the seller.  This gives you access to a variety of different designers and artists who all make their own products which are unique compared to those on the highstreet.  A similar company is called NotOnTheHighstreet, which again offers unique items by individuals.

If you are looking for a specific item, the best thing to do it search for it using an online search tool such as Google.  This will bring up all the results for that itemm allowing you to browse different sellers for different prices and options.

It can be tricky territory buying anything scented as gifts, as many people have different preferences for smellies!  Candles can be a good way to buy something lovely smelling without risking the recipient hating it!  Many scented candle brands have different families of scents – from homely and warming through to fresh and fruity.  One way to choose some scented candles is to look at what your recipient tends to wear as perfume.  If they tend to opt for floral fragrances, you could be onto a safe bet with a floral candle such as lily of the valley, rose or freesia.  Other florals worth trying include jasmine which is a sweet and delicate scent, or perhaps the fresher cut grass scent.

If your friend loves baking and making yummy treats, why not try out a candle with tasty edible frangrances?  There are always vanilla candles which are popular, or caramel, toffee or cupcake scents to choose from.  Coffee and cinnamon are also popular for home fragrance.