How to wrap presents like a pro

You may think beautiful gift-wrapping can only be done by professionals - but you'd be wrong.

You needn't be intimidated by department-style gift-wrapping, as Big W's wrapping guru, Vivienne Anthon reveals that it's just about a few simple tricks.

Here, Vivienne provides a step-by-step guide on how you can nail your gift-wrapping this Christmas, and stay well under budget:

"Before you get started on your Christmas wrapping, decide on your theme and keep it consistent across all of your gifts," Vivienne says. "For the two examples I’ve created to show you, I’ve gone with the traditional festive reds and greens, but you can pick whatever theme you like - all the way from luxe to minimalist."

What you need:

- Wrapping paper

- Scissors

- Double-sided tape

- Ribbon or twine

- Big W present topper

Step 1: Measure your paper

Cut just enough paper to go all the way around your gift plus 5cm, and enough to go three-quarters of the way up the shorter side – the biggest mistake I see is people using too much paper as this creates bulk and won’t sit nicely! As you wrap the paper around the gift, seal it together with double-sided tape. This helps keep gifts looking neat and tidy, as the tape stays completely hidden.

Paper chosen: Big W's Christmas Solid Wrapping Paper 3 Metre – Assorted ($2 per roll)

Step 2: Double-sided tape

Once you’ve secured the paper with the double-sided tape, use your fingers to pinch along each of the edges to create crisp folds. This is an easy way to create a really polished look.

Step 3: Trim the ribbon

The next step is to wrap your gift with ribbon or twine. If you choose a ribbon like the festive red one I’ve used, try trimming the ends in a pennant style for extra impact. Simply fold the ribbon in half and cut from the fold down at an angle to the open edges – this creates a pennant finish.

Ribbon chosen: Big W's Christmas Rustic Fabric Ribbon 3 Metre – Assorted ($3 per roll)

Step 4: Add a topper

Finally, select an embellishment to complete the look. I’ve used a lovely botanical present topper to add a final festive touch and viola!

Topper chosen: Big W's Present Topper Twigs ($3 for a pack of two)

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