How to Wrap a Present

Wrapping a present is a kind gesture that can show someone how much you care. It’s easy to wrap a present if you make all your folds and cuts carefully. When you’re done with the basic wrapping, you can give the present a unique touch with bows and embellishments. When finished, you’ll have a beautiful gift to present to a loved one.

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Measuring the Paper
Remove all of the price tags. Leaving the price tag on a present is generally considered improper etiquette as the recipient doesn’t need to know how much you spent. If you cannot remove the sticker, get a black pen and black out the price.
Place the gift in a box. It’s much easier to wrap a present using a box. You can buy boxes for gifts in the same department store aisle where you buy wrapping paper. You can also use an old box, like a shoebox, you have lying around your home.
It’s also a good idea to seal the top of the box with tape to prevent it from coming open during the wrapping process.
Unroll the wrapping paper. Work on a flat surface, like a hardwood floor or table. Unroll the wrapping paper across the table. Unroll enough wrapping paper that the paper is about twice the length of the box. Do not cut the wrapping paper from the roll yet.
Lay the box topside down over your wrapping paper. Place the box in the middle of the paper, with the top facing down. Place it about halfway between the edge of the wrapping paper and the roll of wrapping paper.[1]
Wrap the paper over the box. Take the edge of the wrapping paper and wrap it around the box so it covers about half the box. Then, roll the tube of the wrapping paper over the box all the way to the other end of the box. The box should now be completely covered in wrapping paper.[2]
Cut the paper so the wrapping paper overlaps. The wrapping paper should overlap just slightly on top of the box. Cut a straight line across the upper layer of wrapping paper so it overlaps the bottom layer by a few inches or centimeters.[3][Edit]Wrapping a Box Shaped Present
Tape one side of the paper to the box. Once you’ve cut the paper to the right size, you can let go of it. Put the roll of paper aside and grab Scotch tape. Fold one end of the paper over the box and press it flat against the bottom of the box. Place a piece of scotch tape near the middle of the box to secure the paper.[4]
Fold over the other side of the paper and tape it down. Fold the other side of the paper over the top of box. Overlap this paper slightly with the paper you just taped down. Place a piece of tape on the center of the box, securing the top layer of paper to the bottom layer.[5]This piece of paper will be the visible paper on the box. If you want a straighter edge, you can fold the end of the paper inward to create one before taping it down.
If you’re wrapping a very big present, you may have to use several pieces of tape just to make sure everything stays in place.
Tuck in the paper on the corners of the box. Two sides of the box will still have unfolded paper sticking out. Starting on one side, push both ends of the paper inward so they hug the corners of the box.[6]
Crease the triangle-shaped folds. Once the ends are hugging the corners of the box, you will notice four triangle shape folds on each of the box’s corners. Use your fingers to crease each fold to secure it.[7]
Fold the upper and lower flap together. At this point, on the top and bottom of the box, there should be two trapezoid-shaped flaps. Push the top flap down and crease the edge to secure it. Then, push the bottom flap upward so it overlaps with the top flap. Again, crease the edge to secure the fold.[8]
Secure the sides with tape. Take a piece of scotch tape. Tape the upper flap to the lower flap, placing the tape at the center of the box’s side. This side of the box should now be fully concealed by wrapping paper.[9]
Repeat on the other side. Turn the box around and repeat the exact same process on the other side. Press the wrapping paper at the box’s corners inward. Crease all four triangle shape folds. Push the upper flap down and then the lower flap upward. Conceal the folds with tape.[10][Edit]Wrapping a Cylinder Shaped Gift
Measure your object. Measure the circumference of the object using a measuring tape. Add to the circumference. Then, measure the rough length of the object from top to bottom and the diameter of the flat side.To measure the circumference, wrap the measuring tape around the curve of the object.
To measure the diameter, measure the flat side of the object from one end to the other.
If an object has one flat side that’s bigger than the other, measure the diameter of the bigger side.
Cut out your tissue paper. Cylinder objects should be wrapped in tissue paper instead of wrapping paper. Cut the tissue paper into the shape of a rectangle. The rectangle’s width should be the object’s circumference plus . Its height should be the diameter plus the length.[11]For example, say a circle’s circumference was , its length was , and its diameter was . Your rectangle would be by .
Place the object in the center of the paper. Spread your paper out on a flat surface. Place the object in the rough center point of the paper.[12]
Wrap the paper around the round side. Wrap one side of the tissue paper at a time around the rounder side of the cylinder. One side of the paper should overlap the other side slightly. Tape the upper layer of tissue paper to the lower layer at the midpoint of the object.[13]
Twist both ends to enclose the cylinder. The paper on the flat side of the cylinder should still be sticking out. Starting on one end, pinch the paper at the base of the object and twist it around two or three times. Then, wrap a piece of tape around the twist to secure it. Repeat on the other side.[14]The wrapping job should resemble the wrapping of a piece of candy, like a Tootsie Roll.[Edit]Adding Embellishments
Flip over the box. When adding embellishments, you want to work on the top side of the box. Flip the box over, so the edges of the paper are not visible on top of the box.
Add a To/From tag. It’s always a nice touch to add a To/From tag on a package to give it a personal touch. You can use store-bought tags, which you can find at most department stores. You can also make your own To/From tags by cutting cardboard paper into the shape of tags, covering them with decorative paper, and writing a personal message with a pen or pencil.[15]
Tie a bow around the gift. Use a thick ribbon, which you can purchase at a department store. Turn the present upside down, so the seams you taped earlier are facing upward. Tape down the end of the ribbon in the center of the box. Loop it around the package length-wise until the ribbon circles the package completely. Cut the ribbon and tape down the other end.If desired, you can create a double bow. Repeat this process, but this time wrap the ribbon around the package width-wise.
Add stick-on bows. If you want to save some time, use stick-on bows instead. You can buy these at any department store. The bows should have a sticker on the bottom you press against a present to secure it to a gift.
Use fake berries or herbs as embellishments. You can buy fake berries and herbs at a local gift shop or craft store. You can glue these onto your presents as a fun, decorative embellishment. This works great for winter holidays, where things like red berries and holly are traditional decorations for the season.[16]
Tie bells around the ribbons. If you’re going to tie a ribbon in place anyway, try adding some bells. String some bells through the ribbon before wrapping it around the present to add some flare. This is a great embellishment for the holiday season.[17][Edit]Things You’ll Need
Wrapping paper
Scissors
Tape
Tissue paper
Bows
Ribbons
To/From tags
Optional: Measuring Tape, Bells, Fake Berries/Leaves, anything else to make your gift extra festive![Edit]Printable Wrapping Paper
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[Edit]Tips
Clear postal tape is the best for wrapping gifts that are going through the mail, or that will be wrapped far in advance.
You can prevent gift wrap from unrolling by cutting an old toilet paper roll and sliding it around the gift wrap roll.[Edit]Related wikiHows
Make a Floral Bow
Curl Ribbon
Tie a Bow[Edit]References
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Today in History for 20th December 2019

Historical Events

1957 – Elvis Presley receives his draft notice to join the US Army for National Service
1968 – The People’s Democracy (PD) announce that its members will undertake a protest march from Belfast to Derry beginning 1 January 1969
1973 – Dutch Antillean government of Evertsz forms
1974 – “The Godfather Part II”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1975)
1983 – PLO chairman Yasser Arafat and 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon
1990 – The world’s first website and server go live at CERN

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Famous Birthdays

1905 – “Tiger” Bill O’Reilly, Australian cricketer (mighty Australian leg-spinner), born in White Cliffs, Australia
1949 – Claudia Jennings [Mary Ellen Chestrerton], American actress and Playboy playmate (Nov 1969, Playmate of the year 1970), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1979)
1960 – Nalo Hopkinson, Jamaican-born Canadian writer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
1963 – Pam Casale, American tennis player (Marco Island finals 1985), born in Camden, New Jersey
1975 – Bartosz Bosacki, Polish footballer, born in Poznań, Poland
1981 – James Shields, American baseball player, born in Santa Clarita, California

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Famous Deaths

1768 – Carlo Innocenzo Fragoni, Italian poet, dies at 76
1821 – Gian Francesco Fortunati, composer, dies at 75
1921 – Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German Colonel General, dies at 71
1988 – Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), dies of AIDS at 49
1991 – Stephen Birnbaum, US tourism writer, dies at 54
1998 – Irene Hervey, American actress (b. 1910)

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How to Breathe Better

Feeling like you can’t breathe well can be frightening and stressful. To help you breathe better, do breathing exercises to help you breathe deeply, calm down, and restore your natural breathing. Additionally, make lifestyle changes to improve your breathing. If you’re experiencing shortness of breath, try re-positioning your body to help you breathe easily. However, see your doctor if you’re struggling to breathe, you have breathing issues often, or you’re dealing with anxiety or panic attacks.

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Doing Breathing Exercises
Perform abdominal breathing to take deep breaths. Lie down in a comfortable position, then place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. Slowly inhale through your nose to draw air into your abdomen. Feel your abdomen rise under your hand. Then, slowly exhale through puckered lips. Repeat for 5-10 minutes.[1]
The hand on your chest shouldn’t rise during this exercise. Only your abdomen should rise.
Repeat this exercise 2-3 times a day to improve your breathing.
As you get used to the exercise, you can do it sitting up. Eventually, you’ll be able to do it while standing.
Do rhythmic breathing to calm yourself down. Focus on slowing down your breathing by counting as you inhale, hold your breath, and exhale. Inhale as you slowly count to 5, then hold your breath for a 5 count. Next, exhale as you slowly count to 5. Repeat 5 times to help you return your breathing to its natural rhythm.[2]
It’s okay to vary your count. For instance, you might prefer to use a 3 count instead of a 5 count. Do what feels right to you.
Use alternate nostril breathing to deal with stress. Place your finger over 1 nostril to close it off. Then, slowly inhale through your open nostril until your lungs are full. Hold the breath for 1 second, then close that nostril and slowly exhale through your other nostril. Inhale through that nostril, then close it off and exhale through the first nostril.[3]
Continue to alternate nostrils for 3-5 minutes to help restore natural breathing.
Perform the 4-7-8 breathing technique to help you relax. Sit with your back straight, then place your tongue behind your teeth. Exhale through your mouth without moving your tongue to empty your lungs. Close your mouth, then inhale through your nose for a 4 count. Then, hold your breath for a 7 count. Exhale with a whoosh as you count to 8.[4]
Take a total 4 of 4-7-8 breaths to help you feel calm and relaxed.
Breathe in slowly then hum on your exhale to slow your breathing. Slowly inhale through your nose until your lungs feel full. Then, make a low humming sound as you exhale through your mouth. Continue to hum until your lungs are empty. This can help you slow down your breath, which relaxes you.[5]
Repeat this for several breaths to help you slow down your breathing.
If you like, say a mantra like “Om” as you exhale.[Edit]Making Lifestyle Changes
Use good posture so it’s easier to breathe. Poor posture compresses your lungs and airways, making it harder for you to breathe. Improve your posture by straightening your spine when you’re sitting or standing. Additionally, roll your shoulders back and tilt your chin up. This may help you breathe better.[6]
Look in the mirror to check out your posture. Practice standing or sitting up straight until it feels natural to you.
Prop yourself up if you have trouble breathing while you’re sleeping. You may struggle to breathe while you’re lying down, especially at night. If this happens, use pillows or a wedge to prop up your upper body. This will take some of the pressure off your lungs so you can breathe better while you sleep.[7]
You might also try putting a folded blanket under your pillow.
Limit your exposure to air pollutants and irritants. Air pollution can affect your lungs and airways, making it harder for you to breathe. While you might not be able to avoid all air pollution, you can reduce your exposure to it. Here are some ways to avoid exposure to common air pollutants:[8]
Avoid spending time outdoors around pollutants.
Stay away from allergens.
Don’t use perfumes and colognes.
Stop using air fresheners.
Pick fragrance-free personal care products and cleaners.
Avoid burning candles or incense.
Clean your home often to prevent dust and mold.
Step away when someone is smoking to avoid second-hand smoke.
Do an elimination diet to help heal a leaky gut. If you’re sensitive to a food you’re eating, it may cause holes in your intestines that allow bacteria and food particles to escape into your body. This triggers inflammation and illness in your body as it tries to fight off the invaders. The inflammation can cause breathing issues and allergies. To help you heal, do an elimination diet to improve your gut health.[9]
Eliminate common food allergies like milk, gluten, eggs, soy, sugar, nuts, and caffeine for 3-4 weeks. Once you start to feel better, add the foods back 1 at a time to see if they affect you. Stop eating any foods that make your symptoms return.
Use an air filter to improve your indoor air quality. Unfortunately, the air inside your home may be full of indoor air pollutants. This can irritate your lungs and make it harder for you to breathe well. Luckily, indoor air filters might help filter out these pollutants so you breathe easier. Use HEPA filters to improve the air quality in your home.[10]
Install HEPA filters in your air conditioning system. Additionally, you might get an air filter fan to improve the air quality.
Exercise for 30 minutes daily to improve your respiratory health. You might struggle to breathe after being active. Regular exercise can help you improve your physical fitness so you can breathe easier. Do 30 minutes of moderate cardio exercise at least 5-6 days a week to help you get fit. Here are some exercises you might try:[11]
Go for a brisk walk.
Run.
Use an elliptical.
Ride your bicycle.
Swim.
Take a dance class.
Join a recreational sports team.
Stop smoking if you do. You probably know that smoking affects your breathing, but quitting is extremely difficult. Talk to your doctor about using quitting aids to help you stop smoking. This can help you take charge of your respiratory health.[12]
For instance, your doctor might be able to give you patches, gum, or prescription medicine to help you deal with cravings. Additionally, they might help you find a support group that can help you stay strong.[Edit]Dealing with Shortness of Breath
Sit down and lean forward, resting your elbows on your knees. Get comfortable in a chair with your feet flat on the floor, then lean your chest slightly forward. Bend your arms and place your elbows on top of your knees. Then, release any tension that you’re holding in your neck or shoulders. Stay in this position until your breathing returns to normal.[13]
You should start to feel better in 2-3 minutes.
Drink warm fluids to relax your airways. Warm fluids naturally relax your airways and thin out any mucus that you may have. Sip on warm fluids when you’re feeling like it’s hard to breathe. This may help you breathe better.[14]
For instance, you might drink warm tea or sip on warm water.
Lean your hips against the wall, lean slightly forward, and relax. Stand with your back to the wall and your feet about hip-width apart. Lean slightly forward and place your hands on your thighs. Relax your shoulders and arms, then focus on your breathing. Stay in this position until your breathing returns to normal.[15]
You should breathe easier in 2-3 minutes.
Do pursed lip breathing if you’ve been active or anxious. Pursed lip breathing can help you ease shortness of breath caused by strenuous activity or anxiety.[16] Start by closing your mouth and slowly inhaling through your nose for a 2 count. Pucker your lips like you’re about to whistle, then slowly blow out the air to a count of 4. Repeat until your breathing returns to normal.[17]
You should feel better after 2-3 minutes of pursed lip breathing. If you don’t, you may need to try a different breathing exercise or you might need medical care.
Incorporate pursed lip breathing into your daily routine to help control chronic breathing issues. Do it 4-5 times a day for 1-2 minutes to help you breathe better.
Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees. You might experience shortness of breath while you’re sleeping, especially if you’re sick or snore. To help yourself breathe better, turn onto your side to sleep. Place pillows under your head to prop up your upper body and put a pillow between your legs to align your spine.[18]
If you have a tendency to roll into a different position, use blankets or pillows to prevent you from rolling over.[Edit]Seeking Medical Care
Get immediate medical care if you’re struggling to breathe. Try not to worry, but shortness of breath can be a life-threatening symptom. If you’re unable to catch your breath, call for help or have someone drive you to an emergency room. This will help you get the treatment you need to help you breathe easier.[19]
Don’t try to drive yourself to the doctor if you’re having trouble breathing. Always get someone else to drive you so that you get to doctor safely.
See your doctor if you’re having trouble breathing regularly. While you probably don’t need to worry, breathing issues can become serious. It’s possible you have a medical condition that’s causing your breathing issues. Your doctor can give you a proper diagnosis so you can begin treatment.[20]
For instance, you might have asthma that requires treatment with inhaled steroids. You could also have a condition like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Tell your doctor about any other symptoms you’re having and how long you’ve been having symptoms.
See a therapist to help you with anxiety or panic attacks. Chronic anxiety and panic disorders may make it difficult for you to breathe. If this is the case for you, work with a therapist who can help you manage your condition. They’ll help you change your thoughts and behaviors so you can improve your breathing.[21]
Ask your doctor for a referral to a therapist or look for one online.
Your therapy appointments may be covered by insurance, so check your benefits.
If you’re having anxiety or panic attacks daily, your doctor or therapist may prescribe medication to help you manage your condition. This might help you get relief.
Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of sleep apnea. You might have trouble breathing in your sleep, which is called sleep apnea. This condition can be life threatening if you don’t get treatment. Fortunately, your doctor can prescribe a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to help you breathe at night. See your doctor if you have the following symptoms of sleep apnea:[22]
Waking up with a dry mouth
Loud snoring
Gasping for air while you’re asleep
Morning headaches
Trouble staying asleep
Extreme tiredness
Trouble concentrating
Being irritable[Edit]Tips
If you’re out of breath because of physical activity, slow down until you can breathe easier.
If your nose is stopped up, try spraying 1-2 drops of nasal saline drops into each nostril every 2-4 hours. If this doesn’t help, use a nasal decongestant to relieve your stuffiness if it’s safe for you to take it.[Edit]Warnings
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