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Japanese gift-wrapping ‘hack’ will save you tape, but zero time

This method looks gorgeous, but it requires careful planning.


Monica Riese

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 6, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 10:50 am CDT

The internet is captivated by shortcuts, efficiencies, and so-called “life hacks.” The latest one sweeping the tubes is a magical technique for wrapping presents that hails from Japan.

It’s easy to see why we’re enthralled: With just two pieces of tape, this person manages to expertly wrap a box in less than 15 seconds. The resulting package has crisp edges and a cool diagonal seam down the back side. Here’s a slowed-down tutorial if you’re having trouble keeping up:

But what both of these magicians leave out of their act is the part where you have to dig your wrapping paper roll out of a back closet and cut a strip to fit the box in question; they’re using pre-cut sheets, which feels like cheating. And they’re tackling straightforward narrow boxes rather than the irregular packaging that so many gifts come in.

Our recommendation? Buy a frickin’ bag and call it a day.

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*First Published: Dec 6, 2016, 4:15 pm CST