A new video is revealing an awesomely simple and clever technique to wrap a present in just 12 seconds. If, like me, you take forever to wrap a single gift, you won’t be surprised to learn that the clip has quickly gone viral in a huge way.
The footage, taken at the Takashimaya Department Store in Tokyo, Japan, reveals that the trick is to place the gift diagonally in the corner of a sheet of paper, rather than in the middle.
The video, which has attracted more than three million views in just three days, then shows, in an amazingly simple-looking series of moves, how to complete the process.
First, the store employee assures that two corners of the gift touch the edges of the paper, then he folds these two corners up and sticks them down with a piece of tape. Then he folds the main piece of paper, above the present, over the box and then he flips the whole thing over.
Then he lifts the flap of paper now left at the opposite end of the package, followed by the final flap. The pointed end is then tucked in to ensure that the present looks neat and secure with tape. That’s it.
The thing is that it isn’t clear whether this technique would work with other shapes of gift, and it would probably fail on unconventionally shaped objects. I guess this only means I should be buying gifts with the right shape.
1. Place the gift on the corner of the sheet of wrapping paper.
2. Then fold the paper around the item — so that you are left with two corners of the sheet exposed.
3. Twist the side-corner into the remaining triangle.
4. Then stick each one to the gift — all in less than 12 seconds!
Oh, and here is how you wrap up a cat for Christmas:
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