After growing up in Japan and spending many years of my adult life living there as well, I have come to appreciate gift wrapping and consider it an art form and part of party decor. Whether buying a small dessert at a local 7/11 convenience store or a high priced item at the department store you are sure to leave with your purchased item wrapped elegantly and with lots of extra touches with ribbons, bows, stickers etc. And who can deny that presents do inevitably become a part of many parties whether they are displayed under the tree at Christmas or on a designated table at a wedding/shower/birthday party. They undoubtably become a decor item.
I myself do not have any special techniques when it comes to folding and wrapping however, I do like to keep it simple yet pretty and unique. This past holiday season I decided to wrap my gifts in newspaper. To add a special touch, I tossed the scotch-tape aside and bought some shimmery tape with gold letters printed onto it. I then tied twine around the packages and made a nice tight bow. As tags (to write for whom the present was to) I bought brail paper, cut them into squares, scribbled names down and tied it to the end of the twine. The end product was simple but very pretty. Although, maybe a little too casual for a wedding present, this could work for almost any other kind of event.