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Professional tips for perfect gift wrapping

When it comes to gift wrap, everyone has a story. Some good, some bad. Try these tips to make your wrapping experience more pleasurable.

TYPES OF WRAP

If you're looking to save a few pennies this holiday season, consider wrapping your gifts with newspaper or brown paper bags.

For the busy wrapper, try pre-wrapped holiday boxes (The Container Store and Michaels).

The newest gift wrap solution is Hallmark's adhesive gift wrap ($4.99 to $5.99 at most Hallmark stores

ECO-FRIENDLY OPTIONS

The Saa paper artisans of Thailand use the bark from mulberry tree branches to make this gift wrap ($22.99 to $24.99 for six sheets) at overstock.com. It's been handmade in Thailand for more than 700 years.

COOKIE CUTTER

Wrap the ribbon around your gift. Right before you knot your bow, slip a cookie cutter through the ribbon and tie a knot around it.

CINNAMON STICKS

Wrap a package with green wrapping paper and tie a bow in the middle of the gift box. Next, tie a small piece of ribbon around five cinnamon sticks and knot it. Tie the tails around the center of the bow and knot it at the center of the bow.

FAVORITE ORNAMENT

Tie silver mesh ribbon corner to corner on your gift box. Slide a small piece of ribbon through the ornament hook and knot it tight. Then, tie a knot around the ribbon.

GIFT BAND

Wrap your gift box and slide on the "Star of David" gift band. Other styles and colors of gift bands are available (Hallmark).

PINECONES

Tie a piece of raffia (available at craft stores) around the top of a pinecone. You can also use twine or string from your home. Wrap your gift in a brown grocery bag (from your home). Tie a couple of pieces of raffia around your gift box. Then, tie the pinecone string to the center of the ribbon.

POINSETTIA TOPPER

Wrap your gift and tie silver mesh ribbon around the box. Cut a stem from a bunch of flowers and insert the stem into the knot of your ribbon.

GIFT BAGS

They're everywhere, but we spotted some cute holiday styles at Target.

SOURCE: PROFESSIONAL GIFT WRAPPER MELISSA CODAY

- Karen Deer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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