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Here's How To Wrap A Present Like An Actual Adult

It's all about the creases, baby.

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Wrapping presents is hard.

Sometimes, it feels like no matter how exact your measurements are, you run out of paper.

AKA the gift wrap gap.
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AKA the gift wrap gap.

And if you're trying to wrap anything other than a rectangular box, like a vacuum? Forget about it.

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Since we're in the height of the gift-giving season, here's a simple, 11-step guide to getting perfectly wrapped presents, every time.

1. Assemble your materials.

All you need are scissors, tape, wrapping paper, a bow or some kind of festive frill (if you so desire), and, oh yeah, the present. It doesn't *have* to be wine glasses, but hey, we want to ensure happy recipients. If your gift isn't already in a box, see if you can find a gift box that will give you smooth edges. This will make wrapping it neatly much easier.Note: Use scissors that have only been used to cut paper, if you can. Sharp blades = clean-cut lines.
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All you need are scissors, tape, wrapping paper, a bow or some kind of festive frill (if you so desire), and, oh yeah, the present. It doesn't *have* to be wine glasses, but hey, we want to ensure happy recipients. If your gift isn't already in a box, see if you can find a gift box that will give you smooth edges. This will make wrapping it neatly much easier.

Note: Use scissors that have only been used to cut paper, if you can. Sharp blades = clean-cut lines.

2. Use the present to measure out how much wrapping paper you need.

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~Rollin' with the homies.~

But really, you start with the box on the edge of the paper, then roll it across so you can get the right amount of paper for each side.

Make sure to cut a little more paper than what you measured out.

That way, you won't run out of paper and run into the dreaded gift wrap gap.
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That way, you won't run out of paper and run into the dreaded gift wrap gap.

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3. Fold about 3/4'' of paper and crease to ensure a smooth edge.

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Firm creasing is key at every step in the process. If you have trouble creasing with your fingers, try using a pen or the handles of your scissors for ~leverage~.

4. Fold in each side, making sure to keep the paper as tight to the box as possible.

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Optional: You can tape this first side to the box if you're worried about anything shifting.

Repeat with the other side.

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5. Pull the edges tight, crease the corners of your box a little bit, and pull tighter, then tape the two sides together.

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The important thing is to never stop creasing: so once you have the two sides taped, make sure your corners are sharp by creasing them with your fingers.

Creased lightning, go creased lightning.
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Creased lightning, go creased lightning.

Now, it's time to tackle the sides. Just like Thanksgiving dinner, the sides are the most important part.

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We'll break it down step by step, but here's a quick preview of what you're about to accomplish.

6. Fold down top half of the paper so it's flush against the box.

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And crease that edge, of course.

Crease the sides to form two wings.

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Creasing gives you wiiiiings.

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7. Fold in the first wing, creasing as you go.

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Make sure to fold the bottom part of the wing so that it forms a triangle.

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So that's a crease on the right edge of the box, a crease on the inside edge you fold in, and a crease on the new triangle that's now laying against the table. Literally any new fold you make: crease it.

8. Fold in the second wing, crossing over the first and creasing along the bottom edge of box and bottom flap.

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9. You now have a bottom triangle! Fold that up, and the finished product should look kind of like an envelope.

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Tape, and crease, which you should know by now.

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10. Repeat steps 6-10 on the other side of the box.

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11. Add whatever bows or ribbons you'd like, and voila!

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Congratulations!!! You wrapped a gift!

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You may have to wrap a few gifts to get everything ~just right~, but practice makes perfect!