Man at His Best

They Say Most Men Suck At Gift Wrapping, They Are Mostly Correct

The greatest gift this Christmas is to know how to wrap the gift in the first place.

BY ZUL ANDRA | Dec 5, 2016 | Design

As jingle bells come around the corner, the last thing you’d want to struggle with is gift wrapping. According to history, men are just not that well-honed in the art of gently caressing colourful sheets of paper over an inanimate object. Because in their mind—and we assume this with absolute authority—they are gonna rip the shit out of the wrappers anyway. So what’s the point? The point is to not look like a fool when you have to do it. Let’s get this out of the way. You still have a turkey and 2017 resolutions to deal with after.

So here’s what happened: a few years ago, somewhere at a Takashimaya Department Store in Japan, someone took a video of a staff behind the counter wrapping gifts with such finesse and speed—the Hidetoshi Nakata of gift wrapping if one may. All it took were a few folds and two pieces of tape. Remember when you tried to do that? How did that turn out for you? Huh? HUH? Check out the act of miracle below.

Since it’s the festive season, we found a tutorial on the Japanese art of gift wrapping. It doesn’t take long to learn. Have a go through the 3-minute-ish video below and watch till the end. In a bonus segment, you’ll also learn how to wrap a gift with a piece of cloth. Yes, just a cloth, guys! Forget the paper! Now that your gift-wrapping prowess is considered socially acceptable, there’ll be no more nagging from the missus. You’re welcome.

Oh and for gift ideas, go get our December 2016 issue. There's also Colin Schooling on it. He's also some sort of a gift for our nation.