Step-by-Step Gift Wrapping Guide

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Pick your favorite paper and get tips on how to pull off the perfect presentation.
  1. Wrap Like a Pro

    Missed the memo on how to do up a gift? No sweat. We asked Curtis Mann, a gift-wrapping guru at Macy's Herald Square, to give us the inside scoop on how to create one helluva good-lookin' gift box.

  2. Step 1

    Measure how much paper you’ll need to avoid excess: Place the box in the middle of the piece of paper and cover it completely.

  3. Step 2

    Place the box facedown in the center of the paper. Take the two longest sides of the paper and have them meet in the middle (fold the top flap under for a neat crease). Pull the sides tight and secure with two pieces of tape.

  4. Step 3

    Now for the ends! Face one of the open ends toward you and fold the top flap down, flush with the box. Then fold in the two sides.

  5. Step 4

    Fold over a small section of the bottom flap (just enough to conceal the rough edge) and bring the flap up. Seal it up with tape.

  6. Step 5

    Repeat on the other end. Turn your gift over and voilà! Tie with a cute ribbon.