The Wax-Paper Present
I know—the only time you'd think to use wax paper is when you're baking. But the milky feeling of the paper gives your gift a sophisticated, Zen-like vibe.
Wrap Step 1
Simply wrap your box with wax paper, being careful to make sharp creases and fold under any zigzag edges. And avoid boxes that have writing on them. But don't be afraid to use a colorful or black box—it looks great peeking through the wax paper.
Wrap Step 2
To dress it up, add a strip of decorative gift paper. This technique is called the "cummerbund." (It's a great way to use any beautiful bits of paper you saved from past gifts.) Just make sure you fold the edges of the cummerbund under to achieve smooth edges. For an extra kick, tie a skinny ribbon through the top of the cummerbund, and top with a fresh-picked flower.