Festive lights are beginning to pop up all around town, Christmas trees are being decorated, Hanukkah candles have been lit—it’s the most wonderful time of the year! With the holidays just around the corner and Clients getting more harried in their holiday preparations, we’ve seen a spike in demand for gift wrapping tasks, which you can receive through the Personal Assistant category.

To get in the holiday spirit—and earn some extra money in time for the holidays—consider updating your Quick Pitch for the month of December to reflect your gift wrapping prowess. Below is an example:

“I have two kids so my family’s celebration of Hanukkah every year has made me a total pro at wrapping gifts!”

To brush up on your gift wrapping skills and learn tips and tricks from some of our top Taskers in the Personal Assistant category, continue reading below.

Communication:

  • Start every task by scoping it with your Client to find out what is expected.
  • For gift wrapping tasks, ask the Client if they have any preference for wrapping style or method to make sure you’re on the right track.
  • Also ask if the Client has all the wrapping materials ready at their home, or if they need you to bring them.

Wrapping a Box:

  • Start with the right sized wrapping paper. It should come up a little more than halfway on the sides, and front to back wrap all the way around with an inch (3 cm) of overlap.
  • Use double-sided sticky tape for secure, flat edges. Don’t skimp on the tape—longer pieces will make your life easier.
  • Create creases at the corners of the gift with the wrapping paper to make folding them smoothly easier.

Wrapping with a Gift Bag:

  • kirill-zakharov-490913-unsplashWrap the gift in a piece of tissue paper to start. Place it in the middle of the tissue paper, then wrap as you would a normal gift (above), minus the tape.
  • Lay a second piece of tissue paper down, then grab it from the center and twist a few times so that you can hold the twisted middle easily in your hand, while the rest of the tissue sheet fans out nicely above the wrapped gift item.
  • If you have two colors of tissue paper available, place them at opposing angles when laying them flat before you grab from the middle—this will help with the fan effect.

Wrapping Oddly Shaped Gifts:

  • First wrap the unboxed, oddly shaped gift in tissue paper to smooth out the shape as much as possible. Wrap tightly in the tissue paper as you would a box above, and secure it with tape.
  • Roll out wrapping paper, and make sure you leave yourself extra room on two ends to create a ‘bon bon’ finish.
  • Roll the tissue-wrapped gift into the wrapping paper in a cylindrical fashion, and secure with tape along the seam.
  • Gently gather the extra paper on the two ends, and twist to tighten. *Note: if wrapping a wine bottle, you should only do this on the top end.
  • Tie with a ribbon to secure each end.

Ribbon Tips:

  • Gift (1).pngTo tie a simple ribbon bow around a gift, do a rough measure around the gift twice to measure the length, then cut the length of ribbon.
  • Start with the center of the ribbon on the top of the present (seam side at the bottom), then place the equal halves around the gift, crossing them over on the seam side of the gift, then bringing the two halves up on the opposite side of the gift to which they’ve already been.
  • Tie a knot at the top, ensuring you pull it as tight as possible before securing a second knot.
  • Cut some extra pieces of ribbon, feed them under the center knot, center them, then double knot them to secure them to the gift.
  • Grab a pair of scissors, and carefully, holding the base knot, drag the side of the scissors up the dull side of the ribbon (for plastic ribbon only).
  • Copy this for all the pieces of ribbon, and you should see a beautifully curled centerpiece on your gift!

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