How To Wrap Presents Perfectly

December 2016Words by Ms Liv Siddall

Photographs by Ms Polly Glass

Unlike most other things in life, when it comes to gifts it’s what’s on the outside that counts. Gone are the days when handing over something cloaked in a £1 roll of gaudy wrapping paper from a street stall will be deemed “acceptable.” No, no, no. It’s the 21st century: take it from us that your loved ones are probably expecting something a little bit more Instagrammable this Christmas.

Don’t be nervous – there is no shame in taking joy in paper, ribbons, stickers and “bone folders”. In fact, the unique satisfaction of perfectly wrapping a present is akin to that of carrying off labour-intensive dinner recipe, or even, perhaps, nailing a tie dimple. But how do you do it?

To help guide us through the art of perfectly wrapping a gift, we have enlisted Ms Polly Glass, the co-founder of Wrap Magazine. This aesthetically pleasing biannual publication celebrates “contemporary illustrated living”, and each issue features exclusively commissioned illustrated pages that double up as tear-out-able wrapping paper. Scroll down for Ms Glass’s five-step guide.