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How to Wrap the Perfect Holiday Gift

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

gift wrapping paper galore at Paper Plus

Ribbons and tissue and toppers, oh my! It’s the time of year when we are inundated with questions on gift wrapping so we thought we’d put together an anyone-can-do-it guide for wrapping your holiday gifts. Come on in and we’ll help you pick out the perfect paper, gift bags, stickers, bows and cards– everything you need to ensure your gifts stand out!


All the gift wrapping supplies you'll needGather wrapping materials

All you need are scissors, tape, wrapping paper, a bow or some kind of festive frill and, of course, the present. If your gift isn’t already in a box, we have gift boxes of every size and shape to choose from. Choosing a box with flat surfaces will make wrapping it neatly much easier.
Pro Tip: Use scissors that have only been used to cut paper, if you can. Sharp blades = clean-cut lines and better looking presents.

Measure out how much paper to cut

Put your present on the wrapping paper at an angle, instead of even with the edge. You want enough paper so that it extends comfortably past each corner when you lay the gift on it diagonally. Arranging the box diagonally saves paper and looks neater too, because the folds aren’t on the edges.

Put your present on the wrapping paper at an angle, instead of even with the edge. You want enough paper so that it extends comfortably past each corner when you lay the gift on it diagonally. Arranging the box diagonally saves paper and looks neater too, because the folds aren’t on the edges.

Put your present on the wrapping paper at an angle, instead of even with the edge. You want enough paper so that it extends comfortably past each corner when you lay the gift on it diagonally. Arranging the box diagonally saves paper and looks neater too, because the folds aren’t on the edges.

Fold the wrapping paper on each side of the present

Fold the bottom part up and fold and tuck in one side. Then fold the side up and over and secure it with a piece of tape. Make sure to pull it snug before taping, to keep it looking neat.

Stand the box up and repeat folding to the other side

Tuck in the other corner and fold the paper to cover the top of the present. Again, you’ll want to pull the paper tight so it’s snug around the gift. Then flip it over to the other side.

Pinch and fold up the remaining two sides

Tuck in the remaining corners and fold the side then the top part. Just tuck in the corner of the top flap and secure it with another piece of tape.

beautifully wrapped gifts and accessoriesAdd personal flair

Here comes the fun part! Candy canes, bits of greenery, stickers, cards and hand-written notes all serve in bringing your presents to life. We have patterned ribbons, colorful bows and plenty of accessories to add the perfect amount personality to your gift.

 

 

 

6 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited for Hanukkah (that Don’t Have to Do with Presents)

Monday, November 30th, 2015

 

wooden dreidels for hanukkah with confetti

Hanukkah is a special holiday for Jewish children, and not solely for the eight presents they may receive. Hanukkah is also a holiday of games, rituals, and learning experiences.

1. Lighting the Menorah

There are many different styles of menorahs and candles out there, but the mitzvah of the lighting remains the same. Paper Plus carries different lengths of good quality candles at varying lengths, sizes and colors, all with sure, steady flames. We also have menorahs.

2. Give gelt

The tradition of giving gelt (gold coin) harkens back to the Maccabee coin and its significance as a symbol of Jewish freedom. Nowadays, parents give chocolate gelt to their children as gifts and reminders of the importance of charity, which is also given as part of Hanukkah festivities. We carry milk chocolate gelt and dark chocolate gelt – and if you’re not a fan of chocolate, why not put a spin on tradition and give them Hebrew Bazooka bubble gum instead!

3. Play the dreidel game

The spinning top game is a fun way for kids to feel pride in the Hebrew heritage (the symbols on the dreidel spell ‘A great miracle happened there’). We have a huge assortment of dreidels with varying sizes, colors, and materials.

4. Gather for dinner

Bring the kids together for latkes, donuts and cheese — all symbolic foods which celebrate victories of the Jewish people. Decorate the table with Hanukkah centerpieces and placemats. For dessert, make cookies with our Hanukkah cookie cutters or let the kids try our Hanukkah-themed cupcake kits.

5. Get creative

We have so many great activities for Hanukkah, including beadmaking kits, stamp kits, make-your-own banners, stickers, and books for kids. These games and crafty items offer new ways to get excited about Hanukkah while still teaching children the important symbols of the holiday.

6. Give gifts

And finally, there are the much-anticipated eight presents, one for each day of Hanukkah. For those, Paper Plus has plenty of Hanukkah-themed gift wrap, gift bags, ribbon, and gift boxes!

 

Visit our store in North Berkeley for great Hanukkah party goods. Looking for something in particular? Call us at (510) 525-1799.

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