Gift wrapping

This is the gift wrapping 411

As an online gifting company, we have our fair share of knowledge about gift wrapping, décor additions, present personalising and overall, creative ways of preparing gifts for your loved ones. Take a read below on what we think are the essentials for all things gifting related! We’ve also added some of our favourite Mother’s Day gifts, each of which has been beautifully wrapped by our expert gifting fairies. To begin, we asked our head of gifting Tayyieba Scott some ‘wrapped up’ questions:

What are the 5 most important tools you need to wrap a gift:

  1. The product, of course. Take into account the size of the present and the shape.
  2. Wrapping paper, enough to cover the whole product. You can also use newspaper, old brown paper, or even a black plastic bag.
  3. Scissors, right or left-handed. We suggest long-bladed scissors, not a standard paper cutter. We use an 11cm bladed scissors.
  4. Tape, we choose the pre-cut option that you can buy from any stationery shop. It should be the one that comes with the tape holder for easy use.
  5. Ribbon, raffia or string. This can also help hold the wrapping in place in certain hard to reach spots.



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‘Wish mom a Happy Mother’s Day with an individual Black Forest Cupcake Jar which is filled with layers of chocolate cake and a sweet cream filling, which is then layered and topped with a black cherry filling and shaved dark chocolate. This yummy treat is packed in a black keepsake box with unique ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ label. Allergens: wheat, gluten, cow’s milk, egg and dairy. This product may contain nuts.

How long does an average wrapping of a gift take?

It depends on the gift, some take 5 minutes but others can take about 20 minutes. The truth is a square gift is a simple structure with easily foldable corners. A hat box full of chocolates takes that much longer because we have to fold pleat’s into the wrapping paper and sometimes need an extra set of hands to fold.

What is the record amount of gifts you have wrapped in 1 hour?

This has never been tested but it could be a great team building exercise or competition for my department. I do know that the most hampers packed by one person in a day was about 90 hampers. But personally, I have wrapped 78 square chocolate boxes in just one hour. Once you get into a rhythm, the process does quicken up.



Gift wrapping

Spoil someone close to your heart with this wooden keepsake box of 16 decadent chocolate truffles, which is personalised with the name of the gift recipient. This special gift is perfect for any occasion!

Advice for people who prefer to wrap their own gift

  1. Always make sure you cut the wrapping to the correct size and that your sides look neat and tidy.
  2. Have the correct tools on hand.
  3. Add embellishments.
  4. Don’t cut the ribbon off the roll until your bow has been made, or else it might be too short.

Why do you think gifts should be wrapped versus placed in a paper bag with tissue paper?

The way we see it, a gift is personal and has the potential to be more than just a physical hand over, it is an exciting experience. For that reason, the first interaction is ‘sight’. We believe that a paper bag is impersonal and the easy way out. Picking colours, textures, and prints is all part of the gifting process and the sentimental aspect is what we are big on! So, take some time and make the effort.

What are the top 3 rules for wrapping gifts?

  1. Make sure that your measurements of your wrapping are the correct size for your gift.
  2. Carefully fold paper to accommodate the size.
  3. Once you are ready to tape, trim off the excess paper to contour the gift.

What would you use instead of wrapping paper to wrap a gift?

I have personally been in the position where I didn’t have enough wrapping paper and knew people would expect me of all people to have the correct tools. So, I did some research. I took a double piece of newspaper, sprayed painted it with silver spray paint, let it dry for 15 minutes and then used it. I have also seen a gift that was wrapped with a black plastic bag, it was quite different as she cut out triangle’s in certain places so it looked like a textured and patterned black wrapping paper.



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Add your own personal touch this Mother’s Day with this Personalised Mothers Day Fruit Jar Set. Two jars have been filled with dried and diced strawberries, macadamia nuts, and speckled eggs. One jar’s lid reads, ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ and the second is available for personalisation. Add your personal touch with a special message for your mother. The jars are neatly and safely packaged in a gift box.

What else can you place on wrapping paper if you don’t have ribbon at home?

  • Glitter the gift- use some Pritt glue on the top side of the wrapped gift paper. Draw vertical, horizontal or a  diagonal line and then shake some glitter onto the sticky lines. Leave to dry and then shake off excess glitter into the bin. You can also make circular, heart-shaped or square lines and do as above. This is a nice touch for baby gifts, toddlers, young girls and anniversary gifts.
  • Add a flower if need be, again if it’s to a personal friend or relative. You can literally dry out any flower but we do, however, suggest a rose. Place the rose in the middle of a thick book and close it for 24 hours. Let the flower dry and then attach with double-sided tape. You can also use a fresh cut flower if you need some extra pazaaz and don’t have time to dry out the flower.
  • Stickers for children. Children love animation and bright colours. Use a primary colour wrapping paper such as blue, green, yellow or red and add stickers wherever you see fit.
  • Lego – use double-sided tape to create the initial of the receiver of the gift.
  • A lavender sprig. This I use when it is a female family member.
  • Feathers
  • Wire bows or wire squiggles.
  • Punched paper circles. Using a stationery punch, punch holes in colourful paper. You can use a variety of coloured papers, and stick them on with glue or Prestic. This gives the polka dot effect.
  • Food colouring cotton balls. This was something my niece learnt in art class. They took circular cotton balls and dipped them in cups of food colouring. They let them dry through the day and then had multiple variations and tones of colours to use on cards and wrapping paper. She stuck them on with double-sided tape and it looked like a 3D pom-pom parcel.
  • Splash paint. This is an easy technique. Just dip the brush into some oil based paint, pull back the bristles and release onto the paper. Do this outside in the garden so that there is less of a mess.
  • Spray painted bubble wrap cut into shapes. This was one of my best intentions, I had bubble wrap from the gift I was wrapping and some old red spray paint. I cut out some heart shapes, stood 15 cm’s away from the wrap and started to lightly spray as I didn’t want to burn the plastic. It dried within minutes and I stuck it on a gift. It was so unique that I still get comments from my best friend about this creative gift wrapping choice.
  • Tea dyed paper cutouts. This I used once only but had a cool effect. I took white printer paper, dipped a tea bag in some hot water and immediately stroked the white paper with the tea bag. This had a beige and brown tone and made for a rustic option. I cut the dried paper into six miniature cards that flapped open and stuck them on the wrapped gift and wrote six reasons why I was thankful that my aunt had us over for the long weekend. They become known as lost vintage love letters.

Do you dream about wrapping gifts?

No, the truth is I often Pinterest new creative ways of wrapping, tips, tricks and hacks that will make our wrapping system at NetFlorist quicker and easier. I also am a visual person, probably why I do what I do, but I like to watch videos of how and why we can wrap gifts in a new and improved way.


Mother's Day

Our Mother’s Day category has officially launched!

A mother is someone who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take. This is exactly why NetFlorist chooses to honour Mother’s Day to the extent that it does. With the special occasion just around the corner, we thought it was high time we provide you with some of our top picks for the day.

These marvellous Mother’s Day gifts will undoubtedly shed a light on your mother’s efforts. Show her how much she means to you by spoiling her with a surprise Mother’s Day gift delivery from NetFlorist! Here are our Mother’s Day gift ideas for 13 May 2018:

For the mom-on-the-go

Make her day with a gift that is both practical and cute! The on-the-go mom will be able to use this personalised mom fuel travel mug and fill it with her morning coffee beans, tea leaves or, a sneaky (yet well deserved) spoon of hot chocolate. We know that she has a ton to do so, there is nothing better than having your morning cuppa on the go! Shop Mother’s Day necessities!

For the multi-tasking mom

For the woman who just keeps on going and also remains a role model to her children, this vino should do the trick! This Be Like Mom Wine in Craft Paper will provide your mom with the perfect excuse to wind down, the wine way. Shop Mother’s Day must-haves!

For the doting mom

Let her know how proud you are to call her the mother of your children, by purchasing this Personalised Twinkle Twinkle Baby Generic Candle. This is a great gift for an expecting or new mom. The personalised candle is available in a calming rose or delicious vanilla scent. Shop for the new mom this Mother’s Day!

For the dazzling mom

It is said by many that a mom is a superhero without a cape. This Mother’s Day, spoil your mom in the best possible way, with these fluffy and fuzzy gowns – a cape of her own. Pick the colour of the fleece gown and proceed to personalise it! There may even be enough space for you to cuddle up with her like in the good old days. Shop Mother’s Day personalised products!

For the sassy mom

We have unique gifts and hampers, fashionable scarves that can be personalised. For the woman that wrote the manual on just how to be a sassy mom. Go the extra mile this Mother’s Day and surprise her with this touch of coral and royal blue personalised scarf on 13 May 2018. Shop Mother’s Day fashion as well as bath & body!

For the tasteful mom

Thank your mom this Mother’s Day for simply being the best that there is, with this sweet treat. Sweeten up Sunday afternoon tea-time with this beautifully detailed ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ cookie bouquet. Shop Mother’s Day bakery goods soon! 

For the house-proud mom

Thank your mother for being the kind of woman that she is this Mother’s Day. Her unconditional love has shone a light on you since the moment you took your first breath. Shine a light on her on this special occasion by sending her this Sunflower Sunrise Bouquet. Our sunflowers are bright, unique and lasting; just like moms love towards you. Shop flowers for Mother’s Day!

For the sweet tooth mom

Why not surprise her with something that she really wants? By this we mean, gift her a sweet and decadent Lindt-filled candy jar. This Mom My Hero Candy Jar is also available for personalisation! Shop Mother’s Day hampers and milky pieces of heaven!

For the mom in training

Sometimes (and only sometimes) flowers just don’t make the cut. If your mother likes to keep active and fit then this gym bag is the perfect gift for her! Let your mom know that she is a strong powerful woman and that her determination inspires you to never give up. Shop Mother’s Day apparel!

For the green thumb mom

For the mom that knows how to nurture and develop little buds into flourishing flowers, this is the perfect gift. These red tulips burst beautifully with love. Shop our Mother’s Day plant range.

For the flourishing mom

Why not spoil the lady that made you flourish into the best version of yourself with this pretty bouquet made up of lilies, roses, carnations and greenery. Use one of our flower arrangements to show your mother your deep appreciation for all that she does. NetFlorist does Mother’s Day flower delivery, nationwide!

For the pretty in pink mom

Mother’s aren’t technically supposed to have favourites but if they did, this gift would definitely move you to the top of the list! This particular bouquet of fresh cut pink roses in a pink vase will do the trick. We guarantee that mom’s heart will flutter with delight when she sees these arrive at her door. Shop Mother’s Day statement bouquets!

For the regal mom

If your mother continues to exceed expectations, then this bouquet will definitely show her your appreciation and make her feel like a queen. This tulip bouquet says: ‘Thanks for being my queen and protector’. Shop gifts that embody elegance, this Mother’s Day!

Anyone of the above products will not only make a good Mother’s Day gift, they will make great gifts for the special occasion! Keep in mind that Mother’s Day flowers are delivered sameday. Also, order by May 9th and get a free box of Lindt chocs. T&C’s apply



Spruce up your workplace!

With the first quarter of the year done and new contracts being signed, we know you may be having some difficulty deciding how to jazz up and feng-shui your work environment. Perhaps you know someone starting a new job, their first job or a new position and you are not sure how to say congratulations. NetFlorist has a wide variety of products to say “Well done, keep going, you got this” and more!

We’re not saying that these products will directly help you generate profit, but we can say it will generate productivity. Shop all kinds of workplace décor, stationery, desk necessities and more now on



This one’s definitely a keeper! Two mini cacti and succulents are displayed in a beautiful geometric vase with white stones and potting soil for that extra glam effect. It’s the perfect gift for any plant-loving dad!



Everybody needs a personalised pencil case, whether it’s for school, work, or home! Spoil her with this awesome pencil case which is personalised with a black and white striped name design, making this one special gift! *Available in cream or black.: 33cm x 15cm




If you have a pal who likes to get stuff done, surprise him or her with this quirky gift. A mug is branded with a cool ‘Gets Sh*t Done’ design, complete with the recipient’s name. If it is for yourself use it as a mug of inspiration or a cool pen holder. Send now and prepare to impress!

Ficus Bonsai Tree in Hessian



This original gift will make any plant lover’s day, with an exotic Ficus Ginseng Bonsai Tree which is wrapped in hessian wrapping and tied with raffia for that special touch. Send now!



There’s no better gift for the upcoming new venture than a personalised journal! This 2018 journal features a unique floral cover design which is personalised with a name, and inside is a calendar, a yearly goals page,  an important dates page, a daily planner, and more! Keep up to date and meet your career goals with ease and organisation.  Store sticky notes, envelopes, and crib notes too.



This red desk fridge is the ‘coolest’ gift around, as it will allow the lucky recipient to keep drinks cold while on the go. With the ability to hold 6 cans, this quirky fridge can be plugged into a car’s cigarette lighter or it can be kept conveniently on a desk. Either way, this thoughtful and useful gift will be a real hit, no matter what the occasion!



If you know someone who is having ‘one of those days’, cheer them up with a chocolate-filled candy jar with a quirky ‘one of those days’ sticker design. It comes packed with your choice of Mini Bar One Chocolates (24), Ferrero Rocher Singles (20), or Lindt Red Milk Chocolate Truffles (30). Make someone’s day a sweet one with this great gift! Or just keep it for yourself when you need some quick brain power.



Keep those family memories alive while you are spending extra hours at the office with a mouse pad which is personalised with family photos of your choice! Together with its ‘Love makes us family’ design, this is one meaningful gift! It is also a lovely reminder of why you are putting in so much overtime.



Pack it all in with this cute poly cotton tote bag in black or cream which is personalised with the initial of the lucky recipient, with a unique leaf design. This glittery tote bag gift is both useful and special. From laptops to notepads this tote is the perfect accessory when travelling from one department meeting to another.

Personalised Bamboo 8G Flash Drive


Store files in style with this 8GB USB Flash drive which is completely covered in and Eco-friendly Bamboo material. To make it even more special, it’s engraved with a name. Send now!



Tulips are better than one!

Adding bright blooms such as Tulips to our winter days is something us sunny South Africans love to do! In an ideal world, we would want Tulip-season to stay as long as possible. So, we are here to help you make sure these tremendous florals stay blooming for as long as possible.


Choose the Correct Vase

Choosing the right vase is key.  It must cover at least half the height of the tulip stems.  The tulips do love to stretch out and will usually grow upwards, approximately two inches in height during their vase lifetime. Give them space to stretch out in the vase and arrange them so that they don’t clump together. This also helps to reduce petal loss.

Cut the Tulip Stems

Tulips grow after they’re placed in the vase, so we suggest holding the bouquet to the right side of the vase first, and cut the stems to make sure the blooms are the exactly the length you prefer. Cut the Tulips at a 45-degree angle – this creates a ‘straw-like effect’ and allows the stems to soak up the fresh water.

Plenty of  Fresh Water

Cold, fresh water is best. Some garden gurus suggest 3 blocks of ice in the water per 6 flowers. Tulips will drink a lot of water. We suggest changing the water every 2nd day and giving the stems a fresh trim when you change the water.  To keep your blooms blossoming, you can also add flower food. For less conventional solutions, throw a 5c coin at the bottom of the vase, or add lemon juice, or half a teaspoon of regular cane sugar.

Avoid Overexposure To The Sun

Tulips are “photosensitive,” meaning they grow and open based on the sunlight they are exposed to. You should avoid placing the vase in direct sunlight or heat, as they’ll wilt faster once the blooms open up. To achieve maximum floral life, you want to receive tulips at an ‘early’ cut stage or ‘closed’ stage,” like in the bud. Once the Tulips have reached the ‘open’ stage, the life of the flower is sadly quick. Just remember a little bending at the stems is natural for tulips as they “stretch” towards the sunlight, but if the stem looks “floppy,” that’s not a good sign.

Be Careful When Mixing In Different Florals

If you want to include other flowers in your bouquet, one should be mindful that tulips are very sensitive to other flowers. Some other flowers that affect the tulip life cycle are daffodils or narcissus as they emit a substance that will make tulips wilt faster. Tulips are gorgeous enough to be placed in a vase all on their own.

Celia Lopes, NetFlorists go to floral guru says: “Tulips do actually get along very well with Peonies, Roses, Hydrangea and lots of greenery.  So, let your creative juices flow when styling your arrangement or let NetFlorist do it for you. Just no daffodils in the arrangement




Red tulips are the perfect gift for any occasion. They have the power to brighten up anyone’s mood and home. With winter around the corner and people unsure of what will leave a lasting floral scent and memory in the home, Tulips are the perfect purchase.  Send these amazing red tulips planted in moss in a gorgeous, keepsake ceramic pot to a special friend or loved one and be the reason for their smile. Order this beautiful plant with NetFlorist! Colour of the plant may vary.




Be the sender of smiles with a sunny purple tulip plant which is presented in an orange ceramic pot with moss. It will take pride of place in any home or office! It is also a great price for a lasting gesture.




Make someone’s day with a gorgeous purple tulip plant which comes presented in cerise tissue paper with a special black and white striped ribbon. Send now!




Say hello there with this lovely red tulip plant, which comes presented in a ‘Hello’ pot with moss. It works well in the welcome area of any home, hospital or workspace.


Beer today, gone tomorrow!

Today we are making all our readers aware of beer, its benefits, its facts and hidden treasures! Tomorrow is, after all, National Beer Day (7 April) so it seemed only fitting. Below are some of the interesting things we found out in our quest for knowledge. We even threw in some brew-tastic recipes to try out on the day.


Did you know:

  • Beer is the third most consumed drink in the world.
  • According to researchers, beer contains a mineral called silica. Silica is known to add volume to hair and make it thicker and is also commonly taken as a hair and nail supplement.
  • Zythology is mainly the study of beer. This also includes the study of the important roles of each beer ingredient used in the brewing process.
  • The first expert and professional brewers were all women.
  • Beer is surprisingly good at clearing up copper. Douse your pots or pan in a lager for five to 10 minutes and then use a cloth to remove the stains. Also, don’t bother buying expensive store-bought jewellery cleaners. Drop your rings and other trinkets into a dish of beer, then remove and polish to a beautiful sheen.
  • Beer helps soften meat. It also adds a distinctive taste!
  • If you’ve had a hard day at work, a cold beer isn’t just good for your spirits. Those tired, aching feet can be revived by a beer foot-bath.
  • According to Andrew Lopez, a professional gardener, the fermented sugars in beer stimulates plant growth and kill fungi. He recommends spraying either homebrew or Rolling Rock (both are chemical-free) on those annoying brown spots in your lawn. (Either that or just stop peeing there.) “The grass will absorb the sugar in the beer and draw energy from it, ” Lopez explains.

Source: Men’s Health

Beer Barbecue Sauce


  • 1 medium Spanish onion, diced
  • 1 medium banana pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp capers
  • 5 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup each wine vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp each Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, honey, Dijon mustard, horseradish, oregano
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Dash of ground clove
  • 12 ounces amber ale or porter


Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and boil for 10 minutes. Lower heat and simmer about 4 hours until thickened. Cool and refrigerate for 24 hours so the flavours can meld. Then baste everything but the dog with it.
Bake Beer Bread thanks to JOE KITA
You already know how to put a bun in the oven. Now it’s time to go all the way. Here’s a healthful, foolproof recipe for high-fibre beer bread from the book Tailoring Your Tastes, by nutritionist Omichinski:


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp each salt, dried basil, dried rosemary, thyme
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 12 oz beer, at room temperature


Mix all the dry ingredients. Add oil and beer. Stir until dough is just mixed. Put dough in a greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Bake at 375 F for 45 minutes or until nicely browned. Remove from oven and let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cool some more.

Citrus Beer Cupcakes from Deschutes Brewery


  • 3/4 Cup butter, softened
  • 1 ¾ Cup sugar
  • 2 ½ Cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs, room temp
  • 1 cup (plus more for brushing cupcakes) craft beer
  • 1/2 tsp fresh orange or lemon zest
  • 1/4 Cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence


  • 1/2 Cup butter, softened
  • 4 Cups confectioner’s sugar or castor sugar
  • 2 tsp orange or lemon zest
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4-6 Tbs orange or lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease two muffin pans or line with paper liners. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition. Mix in vanilla and zest of your choosing.
    In a medium-size bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. In a small bowl, whisk 1 cup Fresh Squeezed with the milk.
  2. Combine the flour mixture and beer mixture alternately with the butter, on low speed, beginning and ending with the flour.
  3. Bake cupcakes for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  4. While cupcakes are still warm, use a fork to poke holes in each cupcake and brush Fresh Squeezed over the top.
  5. Let cakes cool completely before frosting.


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter. Add sugar, zest and vanilla. Add citrus juice, one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency.
  2. Frost cupcakes while sippin’ on a pint of Fresh Squeezed IPA and be sure to share the cupcakes and beer with friends!
  3. Serves 4-6

We, of course, have the best beer inspired gifts for any occasion. So, shop Beer Day exclusives at



Beer Keep calm! It’s beer o’clock! Spoil the special people in our life with a gift that is perfect for celebrating any of life’s special moments with! This 27cm square wooden crate is filled with mouth-watering treats – an assortment of biltong, Citizen Alliance Amber Ale, Citizen Alliance Czech Pilsner and a trio of delectable, melt in your mouth Lindt Lindor Truffles! Send this gift and make their day today!



Beer Spoil someone near and dear with an extra meaningful six-pack of awesomeness! A six pack of refreshing Heineken Beer is presented in a wooden Man Crate, which can be engraved with the lucky recipient’s name. A gift like this will be enjoyed with pride, so send now!


Beer What can be better than kicking back with craft beer and snacks? This Craft Beer Picnic Basket consists of a set of two plates, knives, forks, spoons, wine glasses, as well as a corkscrew and salt and pepper shakers, all secured with golden leather straps and handles.You will also find Citizen Diplomat Czech Ale (440ml), Citizen Alliance Amber Ale (440ml), Sliced Biltong (100g), Mixed Nuts (100g), and two ceramic mugs. It can be enjoyed amongst friends or family members for any occasion, so get sending!


Beer Let a bro kick back and relax with this awesome Bro-Bucket! It’s filled with a bottle of CBC Craft Lager, as well as some snacks to go with it which include Pringles (100g), Oreo Cookies (175g), and Droewors. Send now and let the good times roll!


Save water, drink beer on the weekend and send the lucky guy a fun and quirky gift that is something he needs and definitely something he wants. This mini fridge comes filled with delectably refreshing beer.


Beer There’s nothing like a big mug of beer to ring in a birthday, so let a loved one do so with this beer mug with ‘Happy Birthday’ design which is also personalised for that special touch. Cheers to that! * 1 Glass only, props not included


Beer Spoil that beer-loving guy with this poly cotton twill apron with quirky personalised ‘Beer Pressure’ design. It’s the perfect gift for any fun-loving guy who loves to cook up a storm! *Available in white, black, red, grey and denim.