AS IF it’s not bad enough trying to pick out the perfect gift, then you’ve got to wrestle with metres of wrapping paper trying to make it look picture perfect under the tree.
Well if you’re struggling to make your pressies look beautiful, don’t stress, here’s our guide to wrapping some of the more awkward gifts out there.
You’re best off folding the top over and flattening it than trying to wrap the neck tightly
How to wrap a bottle
Man V. bottle at Christmas time is a classic battle – but don’t worry there is a solution.
Start by wrapping the paper around the bottle as you would any cylindrical object.
Next turn your attentions to the flat side of the bottle and carefully fold the paper clockwise in a fan style so that each tab covers a bit of the one before.
Then prop the bottle up and fold the paper so that it is flat over the neck of the bottle and seal it at the top.
All you need to do next is tie a bit of ribbon around the base of the neck to add that Christmas flare.
Alamy The curved lid of a Celebration box can make it hard to wrap
How to wrap a Celebrations box
Wrapping a box of choccies can pose a challenge, especially when it’s not a box shape.
Celebrations have that sloping top that make them hard work to gift wrap well.
Start by wrapping the paper around the box and sealing with tape.
Next – as with the bottle – turn your attentions to the flat side of the bottle and carefully fold the paper clockwise in a fan style so that each tab covers a bit of the one before.
Finally to cover the top fold down the paper that is on the side of the lid that is lower and tape it down.
You can the fold in the sides to cover it and the top piece too.
A top tip is to fold over the final bit of paper twice to avoid any risk of showing the side without the pattern.
Getty – Contributor there are two methods for wrapping teddy
How to wrap a teddy bear
Teddies can be difficult to wrap but you have two options.
- The squish and roll
- The gift wrapping paper dome
For the squish and roll you just need to lay the teddy on the paper and roll it up as if it were a bottle or a cylinder.
Don’t roll it too tight or you risk the paper ripping.
The just fold the ends as you would any other cylinder.
If you don’t like the idea of squashing Paddington into a package – then you can go for the dome method.
Here you just sit your teddy on a large square of paper of paper and pick up each of the corners gathering them together at the top.
You then just need to seal the excess paper at the top in place with a festive ribbon.
Wrapping a football is easier than it looks
How to wrap a football
People can make a real balls-up of this one.
First of all grab a roll of sellotape or something else round and place it under your wrapping paper.
That way you can rest the ball on the circle hole without risking it rolling around as you work.
As with the teddy, here you want to place the ball on a big square piece of paper.
Then gather the paper up to the top of the ball, all the way around it.
Tie the paper at the top up with a ribbon and cut off any excess.
It’s best to use a tissue paper rather than a stiff paper for this one.
Who is Gennaro Contaldo, when did he meet Jamie Oliver and what are some of his most famous recipes?
ITALIAN chef Gennaro Contaldo is best known as being Jamie Oliver’s mentor and “London dad”. But the well-respected chef is also an avid social media fan, loving to share his reci…
ITALIAN chef Gennaro Contaldo is best known as being Jamie Oliver’s mentor and “London dad”.
But the well-respected chef is also an avid social media fan, loving to share his recipes online… here we find out more.
INSTAGRAM The fun-loving Italian chef is popular with fans, other diners and chefs
Who is Gennaro Contaldo?
Gennaro was born on January 20 1949 in Milan, Italy.
He is best known for his work with protegee Jamie Oliver, and for his TV show Two Greedy Italians, which he presented with Antonio Carluccio.
He began working in restaurants from the age of 8, but moved to London in 1969.
He has been wed twice, and has five children.
INSTAGRAM Gennaro tastes one of his creations
When did Gennaro Contaldo meet Jamie Oliver?
Gennaro mentored Jamie when he worked at Neal Street Restaurant in the 90s.
Later he was brought on board to mentor chefs at Jamie’s chain of Italian restaurants, Jamie’s Italian.
Last year he told the Irish News how important the 41-year-old is to him.
He said: “Jamie is incredible. When you show him how to do something the Italian way, he takes it in straight away; and when he does it, he does it better than me.
INSTAGRAM Jamie Oliver and his ‘London’ dad Gennaro
“Jamie considers me his London father, and I’ll always consider him my boy. I have six children and the sixth one is Jamie.
“My father always believed, which he was right to, that Jamie was my son. He died believing that.
“I had to learn from him how beautiful and wonderful the world is, and I learned that to give is much better than to receive, and to help is incredible.
“This is his philosophy and mine as well. We don’t take away – the world is beautiful so let’s enjoy it.”
Holidays from £9.50 are back but is it all cracked up to be?
YES, Holidays from £9.50 with The Sun are back and this time we have more than 200 parks to choose from both in the UK and Europe. But where can you go on holiday for £9.50? Nowhere nice, that’s fo…
YES, Holidays from £9.50 with The Sun are back and this time we have more than 200 parks to choose from both in the UK and Europe.
But where can you go on holiday for £9.50? Nowhere nice, that’s for sure…
Just look at the awful views!
I mean, it’s probably just on an industrial site in the middle of nowhere.
And don’t risk taking your kids on a £9.50 Holiday, unless they like things like slides…
… and making new friends and the great outdoors.
As for the little ones? Forget it… there’s nothing more stressful than bringing a toddler on holiday.
And look, seriously. A holiday that costs £9.50? Look how budget it all is, with things like jet skis…
… and flyboarding.
Nope, there is nothing glitzy about a £9.50 Holiday at all.
They say pets are welcome on a £9.50 Holiday. I mean, who wants to take their dog on holiday with them?
No, not for me, thanks.
And why would you go on holiday in England anyway? It’s always raining.
And there is no point going to the beach in England is there, unless you like things like sunsets and surfing.The Sun
Yep, just another boring day at the beach, where the glare from the sun gets everywhere.
And look at how the kids are always arguing with each other, over things like what is the nicest buttercup in the field. It’s brutal!
And look, if you do meet people then your friendships won’t last long. Only 100 years or so.
No, I’ll just keep my £9.50 in my pocket and stay home this year.
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You can browse our full selection of park sites using the search facility.
Get a real fiver every time you enter 28 codes from The Sun. Yes really. #sunsavers
How to keep your statement winter woolies on-trend all year round
WE ALL remember Mark Darcy’s debut in Bridget Jones’s Diary, and while his Rudolf the reindeer turtleneck wasn’t so chic, there’s no denying that it was memorable. The Christmas jumper, once someth…
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The Christmas jumper, once something to be cringed at, has since become a signifier of the holiday season that’s celebrated for its sheer lack of taste.
Mark Darcy certainly livened up his Christmas ‘do with this print
Think snowmen, slogans, sequins, pompoms and flashing lights – basically, the uglier the better.
There’s even a date dedicated to the novelty knitwear, Christmas Jumper Day, which sees celebrities going all out in aid of charity.
This year, Myleene Klass, Holly Willoughby and Love Island’s Montana Brown all took part in the fun to help raise funds for Save The Children.
But not all your winter woolies need to be of the tacky variety – think statement colours and prints paired with luxe fabrics.
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