How to be a wrap star

Lancashire Life - - CHRISTMAS - WORDS: Mairead Ma­hon Š PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: Kirsty Thomp­son

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 af­fec­tion­ate gift that the giver cares enough about to make it look gor­geous, a treat for the eye,’ says Mairita.

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