how to gift wrap

hello, my name is sierra lei, and i am here today to teach you how to gift wrap. how to make a bow will be later. =) that seems to be the one everyone wants to know more.

i don’t quite remember how talented of a gift wrapper i was earlier than 5 years ago. i must have been decent because a few people would have me wrap gifts for them. but then again, i might not have been decent-they might have just REALLY not wanted to wrap their own gifts. who knows. but i did enjoy wrapping.

when i got hired onto papyrus, i was told we were going to be doing “a lot of gift wrapping and a lot of custom printing.” awesome and awesome.

and then i got trained to gift wrap and………………….they used double sided tape?

double sided tape is your best friend.

for every roll of regular tape we use, we probably use 4-5 rolls of double sided tape.

it’s my #1 supply at work in between the months of october to january. when october rolls around, must start stocking up on double sided tape. must order two times more double sided tape. must never run out of double sided tape during the holidays. never. it will ruin my holidays at work.


“oh my gosh, that gift is sooo pretty!”

“you have to teach me how to wrap like that one day!”

“look at that bow!”

“how long did it take you to learn how to wrap like that?”

five minutes.

five and a half years ago, while i was being trained at our northpark location, a customer walked in with about 5 gifts (what is up with the common number here?) on a busy day.

“i’d like to have these wrapped.” all i remember was that they all came in tumi boxes. nice.

the manager looked at me and said, “alright, i can now train you to wrap.”

i watched her measure out her paper, put one sided tape here, lots of double sided tape here and there, fold, fold, fold, crease the corners…

she grabbed some ribbon, tied some around the box, rolled the rest up, snipped both ends, tied it to the ribbon on the box, fluffed it out, snipped excess off…

…then handed me the scissors and said, “okay, there you go. do the other 4.”

and there you have it. the only commentary i got while learning was, “then you do this…then this…then tape this…then do this…then crease this…then you’re done.”

last year i wrapped about 250-300 gifts in between thanksgiving and christmas at work. just at work. that’s not including wrapping OUT of work. i have 2 big clients that i wrap for-they are both sweet ladies. i have been wrapping for one of them for over 4 years now. there are 14 people in her family (from her parents/in-laws to her grand children) and i wrap for all their birthdays, graduations, and other holidays (easter, valentines, etc.) throughout the year. i feel as if i know every member of her family just through wrapping their gifts! every single gift for this client is detailed to the tissue paper in the box matching the wrapping paper which matches the ribbon, which is always a double bow, not a fluffy bow. if she brings a neiman marcus gift box in with neiman marcus tissue paper and a silver neiman marcus sticker on it, that tissue gets thrown in the trash and replaced with a new pack of tissue to match whatever roll wrap she chooses. little details matter to certain people. oh, and she never wraps more than 3 gifts with the same roll of wrapping paper. heavens, no. my second client, on the other hand, doesn’t mind how many gifts are wrapped in the same paper. but she wants her gifts to look like money. they have to look grand. that “little” $500 gift card needs to be put in a pen box with a BIG, FLUFFY BOW. her choice of wrapping paper leans more towards our sheets of handmade paper. they used to be priced anywhere from $3.95 a sheet (which is about 20 inches by 30 inches-enough to just wrap one gift, really) to $12.95 a sheet. whereas my first client would buy out our entire district’s stock of holiday spooled ribbon (i’m not kidding, she’ll buy out all 4 stores), this client would buy out all the sheets of wrapping paper. these ladies mean business, y’all. and when they want their gifts wrap, they want it done right. and if you don’t do it right, they’ll make you redo it. and…if you don’t do it right that second time…..they’ll make you wrap it again. =) it has happened! (not to me, haha) i will refer to my clients as MRS. D (client 1 who i have wrapped for in the past 4 years) and MRS. T (client 2 that i have wrapped for in the past 2-3 years) because i already know that i will be blogging about them this holiday season. they always make it on my facebook, so they will eventually make it on my blog. =) they are just very giving ladies. i wonder if mrs. d’s son is still single…….hmm…..

that was a joke.

gift wrapping isn’t everyone’s cup o’ tea. it might not even be a big deal to others as far as doing the task, whether they like doing it or not. and to some, it is what makes the entire gift, regardless of what is in it.

if you’re going into a shop and having someone wrap your gift, you’re either:

A. not wanting to wrap it yourself because you’re terrible at it

B. wanting it to look REAL GOOD

C. lazy

and there is a price tag that comes with all of the above. having a bottle of perfume wrapped could range from $10 to $30, depending on what you would like to have your gift wrapped with. there’s lots of different ways to have your gift wrapped: just with the wrapping paper and nothing else, with tissue and in a gift box, with a few yards of ribbon, with a shoestring tie bow, with a fluffy bow, with more that one style of ribbon, with a topper, or with an enclosure card. some people don’t care. some people really care. it completely varies. but we do have promotions in which we can gift wrap for 99 cents, so you get to save some money every now and then.

i know i have taken y’all on a long journey through the history of sierra’s gift wrapping experiences when all you wanted to read (and see) was how to gift wrap.

so without further ado, let’s do this.


this is how i do it.

first, we have our supplies (paper, box, scissors, double stick tape, regular tape):

measure at least 2/3 of paper on the sides of your box:

if the under side of your paper does not have a grid or pattern that can assist you in cutting a straight line, fold the paper across and just cut on the crease:

place your gift upside down and bring the edge of one side (the side closer to you) to the corner of the box:

carefully release that side of the paper and bring the other side to tape down to the box:

place double stick tape along the edge of the side closer to you (you can barely see my double stick tape):

bring it over to the edge of the box and tape it down:

doing that creates a seamless look:

next, take the top flap of one side and tape it down:

fold in a side flap, double stick tape the edge, and tape it to the paper (repeat on the other side, duh):

fold a little bit of the bottom flap in (to get a straight edge), double stick tape the 3 sides, and tape to the box:

take note that we are wrapping the gift upside down, so that flap will end up facing downwards in the final product. repeat the last few steps on the other side of the box and you are done wrapping.

although the paper gets wrapped tightly around the box, it still causes a round edge around the corners:

simply run your fingers to crease the edges of the box:

and this is what your corner will look like:

and there you have it. your “no tape showing” gift wrap tutorial.

that was actually a gift i wrapped for a display at work, so i had no choice but to use that or a silver wrap, and the silver one would have been more difficult to see. in the next few days, i will post some pictures of my store display because one of the rolls i used is SOOOOOOO GORGEOUS, we’re all going nutty over it this season.

more pictures, tutorials, and blogs to come from the past week. i must hurry, as this weekend is going to be FILLED with fun and over 300 more pictures!

have a good day, y’all!


crazy busy

it’s been quite a week.

i’m falling very behind on my blog posts here.

on saturday i went to a quinceanera (i can’t believe i’ve been spelling that word wrong this ENTIRE TIME-i JUST googled it). i got to partake in the decorating at 9 a.m. to the ceremony at 4 p.m. to the dinner at 6 p.m. to the reception at 8 p.m. with my friend’s son’s soccer game in between the first two. that was a fun and eventful day! i met some great new people! pictures coming soon.

i’ve been getting my trunk full of toys and clothes and shoes to donate to a charity. if you have any gently used items or toys that you don’t make use of anymore, pack them up and drop them off at charity nearby. it’s the holiday season, and although every single day should be a time to give, let’s all rummage through our trunks and see what we can give as treasures to others. half of my trunk has toys that i bought but never gave away, shoes that i’ve not even worn twice, clothes with tags still attached to them, and cocktail dresses that i had enough pictures taken in. the starbucks french press that i bought 3 years ago almost made it to the trunk but i decided to hold onto it just a little bit longer. just in case.

today (wednesday), i am doing a radio interview for 103.7 lite fm that will air on november 27. it will be on the company i work for (papyrus) and gift wrapping for the holidays. it will be fun, i already know it…even though i got a good 24 hour head’s up on the whole thing! i did a bit of research to find either a youtube clip or an article with pictures on how to gift wrap and i haven’t found a good one. so i will make one coming up. some of them were close to how i wrap (i’m kinda lying), but they could have done without a few steps or they could have refined others. also, i will do a blog on how to make a bow from spooled ribbon.

this friday i will be attending the JEAN PAUL GAULTIER exhibit at the dallas museum of art and i’m SOOOOOOOO STOKED!! i will be going with 2 friends to meet up with a co-worker (i found out he was going this friday via his facebook, of course) and his friends. it. is. going. to. be. so. much. FUN.

i got invited by my amazing friend, mishi, to attend an indian party this saturday!!!!!!! i’ve never been to one and i’m going CRAZY about it! she’s even going to let me wear some of her indian garb! my camera is going to totally blow up in these 2 days!!!!!!!

on sunday i will be visiting a friend who will be home from surgery, and i will be toting 2 friends to the visit. i hope his surgery goes well this week and i send out best wishes and prayers to him. ❤


that is how my week is looking right now.

and then next week is THANKSGIVINGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

my favorite holiday. =)

more on that later.


for now: sleep.


sugary sweets and gift wrapping

this morning (as i mentioned on facebook), i was throwing out some trash at work and the fed ex guy gave me 3 bags of peanut M&Ms. yesssss!!! he’s so sweet, that fed ex guy. he doesn’t even deliver to my store, but he brings me all the free candy that he gets from the other stores-especially GODIVA! ❤ every day that he sees me, he pops in to greet me and make me smile because he says it makes his day-my smile. what a sweetie. he’s always following up on what is going on with my life. he’s just so nice and pleasant every day. i wonder what he’s like on one of his BAD DAYS. i can’t even imagine, being that he’s always in such a chipper mood. he sometimes comes in to buy a little something for his girlfriend or his son. he’s so thoughtful.

notice how i use that adjective a lot when describing my friends. thoughtful. and i’m blessed to have those thoughtful friends in my life. because i could have a lot worse. haha.

but that fed ex guy. he’s so cool.

and then jonathan walks in to work a few hours later and hands me…………………


sugar queen cupcakes.

they are a whole lotta YUM. i’ve been munching on their cupcakes since the week they opened. and i don’t even remember when they opened, to be honest-it doesn’t feel as if it’s been a year yet. i just remember being on a mission to try every single one of their flavors at least once.

the close up pictures i took are of their confetti birthday cake, pumpkin spice, chocolate, and berry pecan. the berry pecan is named THE OFFICIAL CUPCAKE OF TEXAS (the story behind that is on their website). that was actually their first flavor i bought. it’s a strawberry/vanilla flavored cupcake with pecans and toasted coconut in it….don’t knock it ’til you try it! it’s…so…good…sugar queen cupcakes has 2 locations, one at the shops of willow bend and one at the stonebriar mall. they make their cupcakes fresh, and i love the density of the cake. i love their flavors, too. snickerdoodle is one of my favorites, and although i do NOT like key lime pie, their cream cheese lime is delish. the one flavor i really want to try is their root beer float!! i have yet to snag one of those root beer float cupcakes. i could eat these cupcakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. yes, i make cupcakes, but i don’t eat my own, so i need someone else’s to munch on. =) i love their manager, stephanie. she’s the sweetest. it’s always wonderful to have a good shop with good people. ❤

…and back to jonathan…

jonathan is my boss. he’s been my boss on and off for a few years. we’ve known each other longer than we have worked together. in fact, that’s how we ended up working together.

let’s take it WAAAAAAAAY back in the day…….

we met on christmas of the year 2004 (whaaaaaaaaat!?!? that’s insane!)…

i just started dating his brother at the time-it was our first christmas together. i went over to my (now ex) boyfriend’s place and jonathan was with one of his best friends, tamara….along with a bottle of a beverage and bomb pops. every time i hear “bomb pops” it INSTANTLY takes me to christmas of ’04 with jonathan and tamara. i’m not even sure if they remember that christmas, they seemed to be having a party of their own even with david and i in the room. they were fun. so jonathan started off as “my boyfriend’s brother.”

over the next year and a half, i saw jonathan a few times, here and there…whether it was going to a concert or going to dinner, but it was always connected with his brother.

and then in july of ’06, i had a job interview on my (now ex) boyfriend’s birthday for a store called PAPYRUS.

fabulous interview. best job interview i’ve ever had.

jonathan met up with us to celebrate his brother’s birthday and i said, “you gotta go in that store, i just had a job interview. i think you’ll like it! check if you can get interviewed!” or something along those lines…

and jonathan ends up with a job interview that lasted about 4 times longer than mine.

THAT is how we ended up working together. =) he got hired to work at the northpark location, i got hired to open up the shops of willow bend location, and here we are…FIVE AND A HALF YEARS LATER and still working together. 

we became closer and our brothers became closer. it would be awesome if we could do a “sibling trade off.” our brothers love their sports and college football and jonathan and i love our fashion and fun.

and more randomness and more about jonathan…

jonathan introduces me to new music, funny videos, and cool websites that i happen to always love.

jonathan loves carolina herrera. and vera wang.

jonathan is a fantastic gift giver. one christmas, he gave me a sephora perfume sampler, which i think is a fabulous gift to give. i love perfumes, and the set came with a bunch of perfume samples. i was to test them and rate them and pick my favorite sample to redeem for a full-size bottle. it took me a few months before i chose 2 perfumes (got one for free and paid for the other one): harajuku lovers G, which was 2009’s women’s fragrance of the year, and aquolina’s pink sugar. another christmas, he gave me a lola marc jacobs perfume ring. i love accessories AND lola marc jacobs was actually 2010’s women’s fragrance of the year! i’m not sure if he knew that…and another christmas, one of the gifts he got me was a porcelain coffee mug…because i love coffee…and the funny thing was that before he gave me the gift, i almost told him about how i saw “a porcelain coffee mug” in a store and wanted it. i laughed when i opened the gift. it was such the craziest coincidence because it was the exact mug i wanted. jonathan’s thoughtfulness (there’s that word again) and “attention to detail” is what makes him such a great friend.

he’s sassy and he’s sweet. 

someone needs to write a book of all the slangs and smart-alecky sayings that come out of jonathan’s mouth.

el. oh. el.

he’s too much fun.

and here are some random pictures of us:

i told him that he needs to start blogging. he’d be great at it.

another thing he is great at is being patient while wrapping a HUGE gift!!!!!!!!!!!!


now…before you ooh and aah about jonathan’s fierce “i can wrap anything larger than life” skills and want him to wrap the next dresser set you purchase as a wedding gift, ask yourself if you really want to spend over $60 to have someone wrap a large gift like that for you. i’m not going to lie, i was super happy with the fact that i actually had the CHOICE as to whether i wanted to wrap those honkin’ huge boxes or not. it felt like a vacation watching jonathan wrap those boxes. but i felt sorry for him at the same time. that was a lot of double stick tape, slowly-flipping-the-boxes-numerous-times-without-creasing-the-paper, and “i want to kill myself” for me to handle. those 2 boxes required a total of 5 rolls of wrapping paper, 9 spools of ribbon, and a lot of sanity.

thank you, jonathan, for the cupcakes today…and thank you for not letting me wrap those gifts. =)

you’re the best boss, ever!


new ear bling

one of my girlfriends, jessica, went to LA for the adobe MAX conference a few weeks ago.

she is one of the most thoughtful people i know.

…a little bit about jessica…

we have known each other for a total of about 8 or 9 years now. i could actually say that i have known her the longest out of all my girlfriends. she was more of an acquaintance when i first met her, and then became closer as a friend in the past 4-5 years. we got much closer as friends when we started shooting in our pool league. here is a picture of the first team we were both on together:

that was our winning team…*sigh*…i miss getting all those shiny trophies…

anyways, back to jessica…

here are a few random pictures of us:

i think the highlight of our friendship definitely has to be the fact that i got to be a part of her wedding this year.

she jokes around about how we are such good friends because we share the love of PINK! haha!

anyways…that’s my little friendship with jessica in a photo gallery of goodness.

when we shop, we see cute things and think of each other-and then we buy each other a bunch of things.

although it’s not pink, she bought me these pair of earrings, which i SUPERlove:

thank you, JEP! ❤

of course i wore them to work the day after she gifted them to me. and, of course, i have a necklace that happens to match it!

another pair of new earrings i got are NIQUEA.D, the new jewelry/accessories line at our northpark location.

i figured i’d wear them to work and chat up my customers about the new brand since they always compliment me on my earrings.

i love these:

i love my new ear bling.