Who has never shaken with delight at the thought of what’s inside a pretty little box or a gift carefully wrapped, knowing that the wrapping is the only thing that stands between you and the gift?
But before ripping into the wrapping paper to get to the present, why not take a minute to admire its presentation?
Pretty wrapping also gives us a naughty little sneak peak at the gem inside, a little something to add to the special occasion.
There’s something very special about receiving a gift skillfully wrapped in paper or delicately placed in a beautiful box, that makes us feel loved. Well presented gifts make them look more glamorous and enhances the experience for both the giver and the receiver. According to studies, wrapped gifts also makes us happier and makes us value it more.
In Japan, the wrapping of a gift is considered as part of the gift, and is a very important part of the gift-giving culture. Wrapped in tsutsumi (origata), paper that is pleated, folded or tied without being cut, or with furoshiki wrapping cloths made of silk or cotton, a beautifully presented gift is sure to delight!
The gift is even more meaningful when you put a little of your personality in the presentation. And best of all, traditional Japanese wrapping and boxes can be reused, reducing waste.
Here are some ideas for traditional – and increasingly contemporary – ways of presenting your gift.