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.



Gift wrapping

‘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.



Spreading the Christmas cheer with NetFlorist

Christmas is just around the corner and although it is an exciting and overall festive time, it can be stressful when deciding on the perfect gift for your loved one. If you’re luck enough, s/he has provided you with a Christmas-list. Such a list is a light at the end of an otherwise dark tunnel, but not all of us are that lucky! Before you completely abort the mission, breathe in and as you breathe out, type the letters N-E-T-F-L-O-R-I-S-T into your search bar.

We’ve crawled across our site and selected the perfect gifts for him and her. We’ve also created specific products especially for Christmas, 2017. We’ve thrown it all together and placed it in the tab line as a temporary fixture. By ‘thrown’ we actually mean, we’ve methodically placed each product into the specific category that best describes it. Selecting a gift has never been easier! To make it even simpler we’ve decided to list our top picks for each of these five personality types for him and her, you know, just to make your Christmas gift quest as pain-free as possible. As if that wasn’t good enough, NetFlorist’s campaign for the festive season is our 4 for 3 special!

for Him:

Active Lifestyle

If your man is in the business of enhancing or maintaining physical fitness and overall health, this category was made specifically for him. He didn’t choose the gym-life, the gym-life chose him! (Or something along those lines). Active wear, gym bags, water bottles and more are all available for personalisation. NetFlorist’s speciality is humour and clever wording, keep that in mind when scrolling through our options.  Show that you respect his dedication to promptly wake up at 5 am every Sunday by purchasing this Golf Pro Bro Bucket, Desktop Putting Stationery Set, Golfer Doorstopper or the Golf Lovers Man Crate.


Golf Lovers Man Crate

Family Man

He might be busy for most of the week grafting behind a desk, but he always manages to make time for his family. Sound familiar? If so, you have a classic example of a ‘Family Man’. Place your family photo in a Personalised Special Christmas Frame or a Personalised Christmas as Three Frame (if you have just welcomed a new born into the family), with the purpose of having the frame find its home on his desk at work. An afternoon spent outdoors with the family is a day to be treasured. Make more time this festive season for family outings and meals with the Red Lunch Cooler, a Personalised Family Roast Carving Board, or a Personalised Family Butchers Block.


Personalised Special Christmas Frame

One of the Boys

There’s nothing wrong with a man who likes to kick-it back with the guys, a beer in one hand and a braai tong in another. The image is complete with the rugby blaring in the background. An advocate for craft beer will appreciate a Personalised TRex Xmas Craft Beer or a Beer Safari Hamper. On the opposite spectrum, play it safe by ordering a Personalised Star Heineken Beer Caddy, 4 Pack Castle Lite in a Man Crate or a Jack Black Man Crate. And as for the other hand, order this Personalised King of Braai Tong Bag or Personalised Initials Braai Tong Bag. When placing your order, remember our 4 for 3 special this Christmas season!


Personalised Trex Xmas Craft Beer


The world is slowly but surely separating itself from clichés and stereotype constructions and yet when you read the sub-heading ‘Tech Savvy’, you immediately imagined an adorable man with glasses plonked in front of his computer. Does he regularly go on-and-on about the latest tech or gadgets? If so, you’ve found the right page! Order the Batman Power Hamper, the Virtual Reality Headset or the Personalised Dynaport Powerbank to make his tech-savvy heart smile. The cherry on top would be the Skullcandy Uproar Spaced Out, just so that he can block out the rest of the world while he’s doing his thing!


Batman Power Hamper

The Foodie

You know what they say: the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach! Opt for the Biltong and Chocs Treat Box, the Trudeau Board with Assorted Biltong or the Hot Sauce and Biltong Hamper – giving the South African classic (biltong, of course) the platform it deserves. If he has a passion for the kitchen and all things in it, then a Star Wars Father Christmas Apron, Wusthof Silverpoint 7pc Knife Block, or the Personalised Victorinox and Apron Gift, is the best fit. Cooking really isn’t cooking unless you have a glass of wine in one hand, or a beer in his case. The 6 Pack Snacker seals the deal and makes it the perfect gift for him this Christmas!


Star Wars Father Christmas Apron

for Her:

Nature Lover

By looking deep into nature, you are able to understand everything better. If the woman in your life demonstrates this, then the following category was made just for her! If she chooses to spend her spare time in the sunlight, her hands in the ground and her hair in the wind, then place your order for this Lily Bulbs in Red Bag or this Gladiolus Bulbs in Cerise Bag. Organise a fun and memorable picnic for the day and order a Wine and Lindt Picnic Basket, a Snackers Picnic Basket, or a Kalanchoe and Snacks Basket to accompany the outing.


Snackers Picnic Basket

Deeply Personal

There are many things NetFlorist is good at, designing gifts that are available for personalisation, is one of those things. The personalisation can come in the form of their name, a picture or a personal message. Order a Personalised Tan Jinger Claire Ladies Purse, a Personalised Love Served Apron or a Personalised Gold Name Cosmetic Bag – to add her name to the item. Scroll through our clothing designs for our personalised t-shirt options. Add your personal touch and we guarantee she’ll be happy with anything you decide on! Keep in mind our 4 for three Christmas campaign when selecting your gift and placing your order.


Personalised Gold Name Cosmetic Bag

Ever Faithful

If the woman in your life insists on keeping the core meaning of Christmas at the forefront of your Christmas celebrations, have a look at our gifts of faith. This holiday is an extremely important Christian holiday for all believers. Help her keep the faith and show her that you truly respect her beliefs and accompanying practices. Provide her with an everyday reminder in the form of a Grace Hamper, Succeed Mug Hamper, or a Live by Faith Hamper.  For beneficial Christian literature, place your order for the Fresh Start Book and Pen, Jumpstart Your Priorities Book and Ferrero, or The Mind Connection Book and Cadbury Glow.


Fresh Start Book and Pen

Gracious Host

Table-setting décor is the centre of the Gracious Host’s world! The foundation of a good table-setting is the fine china, so order this Carrol Boyes Moody Bloom Dinner Plate Set or Carrol Boyes Face Dinner Plate Set, to set the scene. And when the evening is just about to come to an end, let her walk out with a tray of Le Creuset Double Coffee Mug Set filled to the brim with coffee. The other half of the tray will be filled with Christmas Macaroons, Gold and Ginger Christmas Cookie Wreath, or Happy Holiday Letter Doughnuts. Closing the evening with style!


Gold and Ginger Christmas Cookie Wreath


Keep her Chocolate-Craving Monster at bay this Christmas season with a gift from our chocoholic collection. The foods we tend to crave are foods that enhance one’s mood in some way. Chocolate is one of those foods. Enhance her mood by ordering a Personalised Christmas Wreath Candy Jar, Golden Lindt Edible Christmas Tree, or a Christmas Chocolate Star Sleigh. Many of the items are up for personalisation, labelling the gift and specifying that it is hers and no one else’s. Have a look at our chocolate flavoured bakery options such as Golden Jingle Bell Dipped Strawberries, Christmas Marshmallow and Doughnut Bite Bouquet or our Christmas Cake Pops.


Christmas Wreath Candy Jar

It’s difficult to provide gifts for every personality type in the world, but NetFlorist has and continues to try it’s best to do so. If you still haven’t found the perfect gift for him/her then have a look at our site. Our ultimate aim as a company is to get the right gift, to the right person, at the right time. Let us help you choose the right gift for the right person, for this festive season.