How to be a wrap star
Whether we like it or not, Christmas is just around the corner and that means hours wrestling with wrapping paper. But we might have a solution
Sticky tape on the dog, carefully cut paper that is just a fraction too small, the design fault of possessing only two thumbs and the inevitable regret at ever thinking that a football would make a good gift. These are just some of the things that can make Christmas gift wrapping a nightmare.
But help is at hand, in the shape of Mairita Forsu, a professional gift wrapper who owns Bijourious Luxury Gift
Wrapping Service at Failsworth near Oldham.
‘It’s a pet hate for many but I adore it. It’s creative, fun and brings happiness – what’s not to love! I professionally wrap all year round, although Christmas is always particularly busy,’ says 36-year-old Mairita, who trained as a gift wrap specialist in her native Latvia, before coming to England 17 years ago.
As gift wrapping is taken very seriously in her country – it’s almost a national sport – she was astonished to find that it wasn’t top of our priority list in England.
‘People would say that the best way to give a gift was with affection, the wrap shouldn’t matter – and, of course, occasionally that’s true. Who doesn’t treasure a painstakingly wrapped present, covered in Sellotape, from a child! But for adults, why not both...an affectionate gift that the giver cares enough about to make it look gorgeous, a treat for the eye,’ says Mairita.