I don't enjoy gift wrapping very much. Crisp folding? Nah.  My in-laws were known to wrap presents with so much tape, one couldn't just rip the wrapping paper. Scissors, craft knives and surgical precision were needed to avoid damaging the gifts!   

Gift wrapping is indeed not an activity many enjoy. One former colleague of mine confessed that for years, he and his wife told their then young children Santa just didn't have time to wrap presents for all. 

But there is a way you can wrap presents which uses less paper, less tape and above all less time! The Japanese art of gift wrapping is practical origami which results in beautifully wrapped packages.

Watch these Japanese workers speed wrap what looks like cookies and cakes! 

This department store worker took a little more time so we can see actually see the steps involved. Only one piece of tape is used per box.  Two boxes took just 50 seconds to wrap!

Jenny W Chan of Origami Tree shows us - slowly - how it is done. From figuring out how much paper you need to the folding required. Her multi-angle camera work demonstrates how the corners have such precise neat folds. As she says, one will speed up with practice!

The Japanese believe presentation is important. The beauty of the gift wrapping conveys to the recipient how much the giver values them.

There are other origami wrapping designs. Check out Hong Kong crafter's QiDaoYu's tutorial for a beautiful origami flower one. The basic wrapping is so lovely,  the origami flower was just the icing on the cake! Her gift wrapping channel is worth a look if you want to up your gift wrapping game!

Here is her gorgeous origami box tutorial which should fit jewelry gifts! See the links below for more easy gift box tutorials.

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