## How to Wrap Presents Without Tape

Taking time to wrap a present is a great way to show someone you care. It can be frustrating, though, to start wrapping only to realize that you don’t have any tape on hand. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can wrap a present without using any tape. With just a bit of effort, you can wrap a present beautifully without tape in an origami style, or use a ribbon, stickers, glue, or nail polish to secure the wrapping.

Steps
Measure the long side of the box to see how much paper you need. Using a ruler or measuring tape, measure one of the longer sides of the gift box. Then, measure how tall the gift box is and multiply this number by 2. Add these measurements together to get the length you’ll need to cut the wrapping paper in order to wrap the box without tape.[1]
If you’re wrapping a square box, you can measure any of the sides since they are all the same length.
Cut the wrapping paper in a square to size. Using your measurements, cut the wrapping paper so that all 4 sides measure the length needed to cover the longest sides of the box. Even if the gift box is rectangular, you’ll need to cut the wrapping paper in a large square to make the folds more even.[2]
You are essentially cutting the wrapping paper into a very large piece of origami paper, which is almost always square.
Place the gift box facing down on top of the wrapping paper. First, lay the wrapping paper out on a flat surface, making sure the decorative side is facing down. Then, place the gift box in the middle of the wrapping paper with the top of the box facing down. Finally, turn the gift box so that the corners of the wrapping paper are aligned with the middle of the corresponding side of the gift box.[3]
Fold one of the long flaps over the gift box. If you’re wrapping a rectangular box, first fold the corresponding flap over one of the longer sides so that the corner of the wrapping paper lays on top of the box in the middle. If you’re wrapping a square box, you can fold any of the flaps up first. Run your finger along the edge to make a crease and smooth out the fold so it’ll stay in place better.[4]
Lift the 2 side flaps and fold them over the top. Lay your hand underneath one of the flaps on either the left or right side of the box. Lift the paper up to fold the flap over the edge of the box, laying it on top of the flap you’ve already folded.[5] Run your finger along the edge to make a crease and keep the flap in place.
Repeat this process to fold the other side flap on top of the first flap as well.
If the folded-in flaps won’t stay in place, you may need to use a paper weight or heavy item, such as a book, to temporarily hold them in place.
The side flaps should meet in the middle of the box, creating a “v” shape. They can meet in the middle exactly or overlap slightly – either way will work fine.
Fold the final flap up over the top of the box. The flap should lay on top of the 3 flaps you’ve already folded up. Run your finger along the edge to crease the paper at the fold and smooth it out.[6]
Tuck the corner of the final flap under the side flaps. Hold the final flap down flat on top of the box, noting where the flap meets the edges of the side flaps. Lift the final flap slightly and fold it over so the crease lines up right where the flap meets the edges of the side flaps. Then, use your fingers to tuck the folded corner of the final flap under the side flaps, pushing it back towards itself.[7]
Once the flap is securely tucked under, your present should stay wrapped on its own.
If the wrapping paper puckers at all, run your finger along all the edges again to flatten the creases even more.Securing the Wrapping with Other Items
Tie a ribbon around the present to hold the wrapping paper in place. Lay a piece of ribbon out on a flat surface. Wrap the present as you normally would while making the creases in the edges sharp so that the paper holds in place while you work. Place the box on the ribbon in the middle so the top faces down. Fold the ribbon pieces on either side over the box, twisting them up around each other in the middle. Then, wrap the ribbon down around the other sides. Flip the box and pull the ribbons to meet in the middle, then secure them with a bow.[8]
You might need another person to help you hold the wrapping paper in place until you can secure it with a ribbon.
Instead of ribbon, you can also use twine or string.
Apply stickers along the edges to secure the wrapping in place. Choose a set of at least 3 holiday or theme appropriate stickers. Wrap the gift as you normally would, using the stickers to securing the paper in place right where you would generally use tape.[9]
Add some additional stickers on the top of the gift to make it more decorative and fun.
If the stickers you’re using are small or not very sticky, you’ll likely need to use more on the sides to hold the paper in place.
Use glue to secure the wrapping in place of tape. Cut your wrapping paper to size while adding a few extra inches on each side so the paper will overlap. Place the box on top of the paper, then fold up 2 opposite sides first. Lay one side down flat and put a dab of glue in the center along the edge. Immediately press the other flap on top and hold it in place for about 10 seconds. Then, fold and wrap up each of the sides of the gift, securing with glue in the same manner.[10]
Using a hot glue gun will likely work best for thicker wrapping paper. A glue stick or regular tube of glue will likely work on thinner wrapping paper, however.
Paint nail polish along the edges to hold the paper in place. Wrap the gift as you normally would with wrapping paper. Then, as you fold up each of the flaps, paint nail polish along the edge of the paper that lays on top. Hold it in place for about 2 minutes to give the polish time to dry.[11]
If you want it to be invisible, you can use clear nail polish, or a polish in the same color as the wrapping paper.
If you don’t have any wrapping paper, you can also use newspaper, magazines, or pages from a large book to wrap without tape.
You can also use a gift bag and tissue for an easy alternative to wrapping with paper and tape.
If you have any non-traditional types of tape, such as wasabi tape, electrical tape, duct tape, or packing tape, you can use them in place of regular tape as well.References↑ https://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/12/wrapping-presents-without-tape-or-glue/

## Today in History for 24th December 2019

#### Historical Events

1877 – Thomas Edison files a patents for the phonograph
1933 – Paris express train derails and kills 160, injures 300 (France)
1963 – Greek and Turks riot in Cyprus
1966 – USAF C144 military charter aircraft crashes near Binh Thai, Vietnam, killing 129
1970 – 9 Jews are convicted in Leningrad of hijacking a plane
1986 – French hostage Aurel Cornea, held in Lebanon for 9 months, released

More Historical Events »

#### Famous Birthdays

1881 – Juan Ramon Jiménez, Spanish poet (Distant Gardens, Nobel 1956), born in Moguer, Spain (d. 1958)
1923 – George Patton IV, American general, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2004)
1926 – Paul Buissonneau, French-born Quebec theatre director, born in Paris, France (d. 2014)
1940 – Anthony S. Fauci, American immunologist, born in Brooklyn, New York City
1966 – Deidrich Bader, American actor (Drew Carey Show), born in Washington, D.C.
1986 – Riyo Mori, Japanese actress and model (Miss Universe 2007), born in Shizuoka, Japan

More Famous Birthdays »

#### Famous Deaths

1935 – Alban Maria Johannes Berg, composer, dies at 50
1984 – Ian Hendry, British actor (The Avengers, The Lotus Eaters), dies of a stomach haemorrhage at 53
1994 – John Eastburn Boswell, medievalist, dies at 47
1996 – Nguyen Huu Tho, President of Vietnam (1980-81), dies
1997 – Toshiro Mifune, Japanese writer and actor (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Shogun), dies at 77
2009 – Rafael Caldera, lawyer, sociologist, writer, speaker, politician, and ex-president of Venezuela (b. 1916)

More Famous Deaths »

## How to Meet Your Boyfriend’s Parents

Meeting your boyfriend’s parents is inevitable if your relationship is getting more serious. While it can be nerve-wracking, all you need to do is take steps to make a good first impression, work on being polite, and be yourself when you’re talking to them. Don’t worry too much, as they’ll likely be nervous, too!

Steps
Making a Good First Impression
Show up at least 10 minutes early. Being late the first time you meet his parents will make a poor first impression. To make sure you aren’t late, aim to get there early. It never hurts to be there early, and you’ll have time to help out if they’re cooking dinner for you or read the menu if you’re at a restaurant.[1]
While being on time won’t win you tons of brownie points, being late often will count against you!
Bring a small gift for your boyfriend’s parents. Ask your boyfriend if his parents have any particular favorites and pick something he suggests. For instance, try to find out their favorite chocolates, wine, or cookies. You don’t have to buy something if you’re low on cash. You can even just bake them something nice.[2]
It’s always polite to bring a hostess gift if you’re going to their house, but even if you’re not, a small gift says you’re thinking about them ahead of time.
Dress for both the occasion and for his parents’ style. Ask your boyfriend ahead of time what the dress code for the event usually is. If you’re just going to dinner, dress nice and go slightly conservative if you’re not sure what his parents prefer.[3]
For instance, try a knee-length skirt and top that’s not too low or nice slacks and a button-up shirt. Also, aim to look polished; smooth out your hair, and iron your clothes if you need to.
Being Polite
Keep physical contact with your boyfriend to a minimum. Kissing and constantly cuddling with your boyfriend around his parents may make them uncomfortable. A kiss hello or goodbye is fine, but try not to have too much contact, at least the first time you meet them.[4]
For instance, don’t sit in his lap or play footsie under the table. Hand-holding is fine.
Remember your manners the whole time. Say “Please,” “Thank you,” and “You’re Welcome” when appropriate. Ask to have things passed to you at the table instead of reaching over other people if you’re eating together, and be gracious about the food, even if it’s not your favorite.[5]
If his parents are hosting you in their home, remember to thank them for having you over at the end of the meal.
Also, call them “Mr.” and “Mrs.” with their last name unless they say otherwise.
If they happen to be rude to you, always respond with politeness.[6]
Offer to help with dinner or clean up if you’re at their home. Ask if you can help chop vegetables or bring stuff to the table, for instance. After dinner, get up to help clear the table and wash the dishes without even asking.[7]
They’ll love that you’re willing to help, even if they won’t take you up on the offer.
Skip the alcohol if possible. Avoid drinking at all if you can because you may drink too much without realizing it. Even if you’re nervous, now isn’t the time to drink! You want to be sober and clear-headed to make a good impression.[8]
If you drink too much, you may say things you don’t mean or come off as a lush.
Put your phone in your pocket on silent. In fact, leave it in your bag or car if you can. Show his parents you are giving your undivided attention to them. If you try to text or scroll through social media while you’re there, you’re saying that they’re less important than whatever is on your phone.[9]Having a Good Conversation
Compliment your boyfriend’s parents. Everyone likes to hear good things about themselves, and giving compliments about his parents shows you’re polite. If you’re going to their home, it’s fairly easy. Offer compliments on their home, landscaping, decor, etc. You can also compliment how they dress or the food if they’re cooking or they recommended the place you’re eating.[10]
For instance, you might say, “I love your home. These paintings are amazing.”
Alternatively, you might say, “This meal is wonderful. What a great recommendation for dinner.”
Include everyone at the table. You may be tempted to focus on your boyfriend or just his mom or dad. However, if his siblings are there, it’s important to make sure everyone feels like they’re part of the conversation. His parents will notice that you took time to include everyone and the other people at the table will feel more amenable toward you.[11]
Ask your boyfriend ahead of time about the general interests of everyone who will be there. For instance, if you find out his sister likes sports, you could say, “George tells me you’re into sports. What’s your favorite sports team?”
Listen and respond to what’s being said. Of course, you’re going to be a little nervous around his parents, which may make you want to think ahead about what you’re going to say. However, it’s more important to be engaged with the conversation, which requires listening carefully to what’s being said. Then, you can ask relevant questions.[12]
For instance, if his dad is talking about his work, you could ask, “That sounds really interesting. What else do you do at your job?”
Talk about your life in positive terms. No one wants to hear about all the complaints you have. You don’t have to sugarcoat everything but aim for a positive attitude overall. Discuss the hobbies you have, what you like to do with your boyfriend, and what you like about your job.[13]
For instance, if you just lost your job, you can say, “Well, I was just laid off, but I have some good prospects already.”
Steer away from controversial topics. No matter how much you want to vote for a certain candidate, bringing it up the first time you meet your boyfriend’s parents isn’t a good idea. It can cause discord and tension, especially since you don’t know how everyone at the table feels.[14]
It’s also a good idea to avoid topics like religion, abortion, and other controversial political topics. You can answer politely if someone asks you but try to avoid it if you can. For instance, if his mother asks you what church you attend, you can say, “I actually don’t attend church, but I appreciate you asking. Where do you attend?”
Open up and act like yourself. Don’t try to say what you think his parents want to hear. Instead, just be your silly, fun, or honest self. They can tell if you’re being fake, and they really just want to get to know you. After all, you’re dating their son, and it’s possible you could be family one day.[15]
Even if you’re shy, try to be more open than you usually are.
Try to be confident! Smile at them when you’re talking and make eye contact, too.[16]Video
Tips
Try to remember things your boyfriend has told you about his parents so you can bring it up in the conversation.[17]Warnings
Don’t be too intimidated. The parents are probably just as nervous as you are.
Related wikiHows
Dress to Meet Your Boyfriend’s Parents
Get to Know Your Boyfriend BetterReferences↑ https://www.glamour.com/gallery/17-mistakes-to-avoid-when-meeting-his-family

↑ https://living.thebump.com/act-boyfriend-around-his-parents-14735.html

↑ https://www.glamour.com/gallery/17-mistakes-to-avoid-when-meeting-his-family

↑ https://www.primermagazine.com/2013/live/what-to-do-when-meeting-her-parents

↑ https://www.glamour.com/gallery/17-mistakes-to-avoid-when-meeting-his-family

↑ https://www.glamour.com/gallery/17-mistakes-to-avoid-when-meeting-his-family

↑ https://www.glamour.com/gallery/17-mistakes-to-avoid-when-meeting-his-family

↑ https://www.glamour.com/gallery/17-mistakes-to-avoid-when-meeting-his-family

↑ https://www.primermagazine.com/2013/live/what-to-do-when-meeting-her-parents

↑ https://www.glamour.com/gallery/17-mistakes-to-avoid-when-meeting-his-family

↑ https://living.thebump.com/act-boyfriend-around-his-parents-14735.html

↑ https://www.primermagazine.com/2013/live/what-to-do-when-meeting-her-parents

↑ https://www.primermagazine.com/2013/live/what-to-do-when-meeting-her-parents