With Christmas just a week away, it is time to start the dreaded task of wrapping all your presents. While you may enjoy making all the gifts you are giving look pretty, there is no denying that wrapping small gifts can be a bit of a hassle.
Not only are they incredibly fiddly to wrap, it can also be difficult to attach any ribbons, bows, tags or other embellishments you might want to use to make them look extra special. That's without even considering the fact that smaller gifts have a habit of getting lost!
Luckily, there are some tricks you can use to keep small gifts safe, make them look pretty and avoid damaging the jewellery inside.
The first thing you should do when wrapping jewellery up as a Christmas present is to pop it in a box. Not only does this have a practical aspect in that it makes it easy to wrap, it also protects the jewellery from damage and makes it look much nicer when someone is unwrapping it.
If you don't have an old jewellery box lying around, small gift boxes are also suitable. For those boxes that don't have padding to protect jewellery, it is a good idea to first wrap the piece in tissue paper. This will stop any chains getting tangled and any scratches when the box gets moved around.
For boxes that have some padding but still allow the jewellery to move around, you can still wrap jewellery in tissue paper. Alternatively, use cotton wool to add a bit more protection.
One of the easiest ways to wrap small fiddly presents is to avoid trying to wrap them at all. Gift bags offer an easy alternative and look just as pretty.
In fact, quite often they are the better choice for jewellery as they are able to disguise what is in your gift. They also ensure it is harder for the small jewellery box to go missing.
There are a few different options if you want to go for something a bit different from the usual sparkly gift bags with ribbon handles. It all depends how creative you want to get.
For those that like traditional wrapping styles, you could use a small brown paper bag as a gift bag. You can dress it up with ribbon and bows, even going as far as adding your own glitter. Brown paper bags tend to come in a range of sizes, so you can find the perfect fit. They are also likely to hide the fact that you are giving jewellery quite well.
You could also try popping the box in a fabric drawstring bag, making it look a little bit more special. These are a great choice if you want to actually decorate your tree with Christmas presents, as they are easy to hang from branches.
This is a more unusual form of wrapping but is a great way to provide extra padding to jewellery and give two gifts at one – not to mention avoiding wrapping paper.
You can actually use scarves to wrap presents up quite easily, proving a pretty and uniquely wrapped gift. This is a Japanese way of wrapping called furoshiki and can be a really interesting way to present gifts to people this Christmas.
There are numerous ways to wrap presents in scarves – YouTube has some great examples – but the easiest way is to simply lie the box in the middle of a scarf (you may have to fold the scarf to ensure it is square) before folding the opposite corners over and knotting them in the middle.
This leaves the corners looking a bit like flower petals, meaning you don't need to use ribbons either.